Eurovision organizers want Britain to host next year’s competition instead of Ukraine

Ukrainian folk rap group Kalush orchestra triumphed last month with their song “Stefania”, surfing a wave of goodwill from European nations to win a third victory for the country at the annual event.
The competition was the first major cultural event in which Ukraine has participated since Russia invaded the country in Februaryand many of the audience waved the blue and yellow national flag of Ukraine in the evening.

Traditionally, Ukraine’s work as a winner will be to host the upcoming song contest. However, the EBU said that after a “full assessment and feasibility study” it had concluded that it would not be possible for Ukraine to host due to the ongoing war.

Drawing attention to the conflict in Ukraine, the EBU said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex television productions in the world with thousands working and attending the event and 12 months of preparation time.

“After an objective analysis, the reference group, the ESC Board, deeply regretted that, given the current circumstances, the security and performance guarantees necessary for the television operator to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest according to ESC rules, cannot be executed by UA: PBC. ”

Ukraine wins Eurovision song contest in a wave of goodwill following Russia's invasion

The EBU has also revealed that it will now “start discussions with the BBC” to host the competition next year, as British actor Sam Ryder finished in second place.

“In accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will launch discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runner-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

The BBC has since issued a statement on the announcement, telling CNN on Friday: “We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Obviously, these are not a set of circumstances that one would like. Following their decision, we will, of course, discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.

The news comes weeks after Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said he was convinced his country would be the host.

“Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And, I believe, not for the last. We will do everything possible one day to host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Mariupol, Ukraine. Free, calm, restored! “he said in an Instagram post, seconds after announcing the victory of the Kalush Orchestra.

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