UK asked to host Eurovision 2023 after Ukraine is ruled out

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The United Kingdom has been asked to host The Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.

The decision comes after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced "with deep regret" that it would not be possible to host the event in Ukraine, despite the nation winning this year's contest.

Ukraine won the event last month with rap group Kalush Orchestra and their track 'Stefania'.

The band earned a whopping 631 points - miles ahead of the United Kingdom's Sam Ryder, who came in second place with 466 points.

However, the EBU has now stated, per The Guardian: "The Eurovision song contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world, with thousands working on, and attending, the event and 12 months of preparation time needed."

Following an investigation, the EBU said that certain requirements could not be guaranteed by Ukraine’s public broadcaster.

"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 United Kingdom," the statement added. "It is our full intention that Ukraine’s win will be reflected in next year’s shows.

"This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts."

A spokesperson for the BBC has responded, saying: "We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want. After their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision song contest."

The decision comes after Ukrainian President Zelensky said he had plans to rebuild the city in time for Eurovision.

"Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision!" he said on Telegram, per The Telegraph.

"We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt! I am sure our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off," the president added.

The UK last hosted the event back in 1998.

Featured image credit: Abaca Press / Alamy

UK asked to host Eurovision 2023 after Ukraine is ruled out

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By stefan armitage

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The United Kingdom has been asked to host The Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.

The decision comes after the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced "with deep regret" that it would not be possible to host the event in Ukraine, despite the nation winning this year's contest.

Ukraine won the event last month with rap group Kalush Orchestra and their track 'Stefania'.

The band earned a whopping 631 points - miles ahead of the United Kingdom's Sam Ryder, who came in second place with 466 points.

However, the EBU has now stated, per The Guardian: "The Eurovision song contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world, with thousands working on, and attending, the event and 12 months of preparation time needed."

Following an investigation, the EBU said that certain requirements could not be guaranteed by Ukraine’s public broadcaster.

"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 United Kingdom," the statement added. "It is our full intention that Ukraine’s win will be reflected in next year’s shows.

"This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts."

A spokesperson for the BBC has responded, saying: "We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want. After their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision song contest."

The decision comes after Ukrainian President Zelensky said he had plans to rebuild the city in time for Eurovision.

"Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe! Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision!" he said on Telegram, per The Telegraph.

"We will do our best to one day host the participants and guests of Eurovision in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt! I am sure our victorious chord in the battle with the enemy is not far off," the president added.

The UK last hosted the event back in 1998.

Featured image credit: Abaca Press / Alamy