UKRAINE – After Ukraine was forced to withdraw due to the Russian invasion, the BBC declared that the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 would be held in a UK city.
According to the regulations, Ukraine would have hosted the event when rap group Kalush Orchestra won Eurovision in May, but it has now been awarded to the United Kingdom, which placed second with Sam Ryder.
Timur Miroshnychenko went popular during this year’s Eurovision Song Contest after providing Eurovision analysis from a bunker.
‘It shouldn’t be postponed, of course, because we have to show the world that even in these dreadful circumstances, we can rejoice, we can be together, and we can be unified,’ she said on Good Morning Britain on Tuesday.
‘Of course, we’re disappointed that we won’t be able to welcome everyone next year in Kyiv or elsewhere. There are no safe spots in our nation right now since you don’t know which next target the Russian missiles will select,’ he continued. I believe this is the only proper choice to organise the United Kingdom next year since your nation got second and you are the one to do it, according to the regulations.’
The BBC confirmed the news on Monday, stating, ‘It is with great sorrow that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are unable to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.’
‘Being invited to host the world’s biggest and most challenging music competition is an honour.’
Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the country’s conflict, the broadcaster said that it is “dedicated to making the event a real expression of Ukrainian culture while also displaying the variety of British music and innovation.”
‘The BBC will now begin the process of identifying a host city to collaborate with us on staging one of the most exciting events to come to the United Kingdom in 2023,’ they stated.
The European Broadcasting Union issued a statement to announce the news as well.
‘We are really delighted that the BBC has agreed to host the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom in 2023,’ said Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest.
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