The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the governing body Eurovision Song Contestconfirmed that the competition will not be held in Ukraine next year, although the Ukrainian group Kalush orchestra won first place in 2022.
neither Diversity forecast last monthRussia’s ongoing war in Ukraine means the country is unable to host the race, which has some of the strictest security protocols from any live event.
This is the scale of the Eurovision Song Contest, which requires an arena-sized venue to be available for two weeks of televised dress rehearsals and competitions, followed by a finale that preparations begin a year earlier.
EBU says it is in talks with the BBC to hold the 2023 race in the UK Insiders suspect that if the event takes place in the UK, it is likely to take place in Manchester rather than London as part of the effort of the BBC to diversify. programming in the country.
The BBC moved its national operations to Salford, Manchester in 2011. The city also has its own tragic musical connection, after a suicide bombing at a Ariana Grande concert killed 23 people in 2017.
“We saw the announcement from the EBU,” a BBC spokesman said. “It is clear that these are not a set of circumstances that one would like. Following their decision, of course, we will discuss the BBC, the host of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The United Kingdom is a natural reserve host for the event in 2023. Not only are political relations between Ukraine and Britain particularly strong at the moment, in part because of Britain’s support for the country against the invasion, but Britain’s involvement with Ryder is second only to the Kalush Orchestra. at this year’s final in Turin.
See the full EBU statement below:
Following their victory in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in May, the EBU is exploring options for hosting the competition next year with Ukrainian public television UA: PBC, which previously hosted the event in 2017 and 2005.
It has become a well-known tradition for the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest to host next year’s competition, providing certain criteria, including ensuring the viability of the event and respecting the safety of all stakeholders, including the public.
Given the ongoing war following the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, the EBU has taken the time to conduct a full feasibility study and feasibility study with both UA: PBC and third-country professionals, including on security and safety.
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most sophisticated television productions in the world, with thousands working and attending the event, and it takes 12 months to prepare.
Following an objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC Governing Board, deeply regretted that, given the current circumstances, the security guarantees and operational actions required by the broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance with ESC rules, cannot be executed by UA: PBC.
EBU would like to thank UA: PBC for their cordial cooperation and commitment to the study of all scenarios in the weeks following the victory of the Kalush Orchestra on May 14 in Turin and share its sadness and disappointment that next year’s competition may not take place in Ukraine .
The EBU supports UA: PBC in a range of post-invasion areas. We will ensure that this support continues so that UA: PBC can maintain the indispensable service they provide to Ukrainians.
As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runner-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.
Our full intention is for Ukraine’s victory to be broadcast next year. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with potential hosts. “