Britain will host Ukraine’s Eurovision Song Contest next year, organizers confirmed today after concluding the war-torn country could not host the event for ‘safety and security reasons’.
Ukraine’s entry, the Kalosh Orchestra, won the annual competition just two months ago with an emotional win in Turin, Italy, on May 14, and it is traditional that the winning country hosts the event the following year.
But the European Broadcasting Union said last month that it had concluded after a study that the ‘security and operational guarantees’ required to host the event could not be met by Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC.
The decision to reject Ukraine as the 2023 host prompted its culture minister Oleksandr Tkachenko to issue a statement ‘calling for a reversal of the decision’, while the UA:PBC also expressed its ‘disappointment’ at the time. Expressed.
The BBC, as the UK’s national broadcaster, which was runner-up this year with Sam Ryder’s Spaceman, was invited to act as host – and the corporation confirmed today that they 67 The competition will be held. The event usually attracts a television audience of around 200 million and was last held in the UK in 1998 in Birmingham.
The competition comes after Katrina and the Waves won last year in Dublin with ‘Low Shine A Light’, which was still the last UK win. The UK has won Eurovision a total of five times since its inception in 1956.
The event is largely funded by contributions from participating broadcasters, raising a total of up to £5.3 million and varying for each country. There is also a payment of between £8 million and £17 million from the host broadcaster – in this case the BBC – which organizers say depends on ‘local circumstances and available resources’.
There is also a contribution from the host city, either financially or ‘in kind’ to cover costs such as; And then funding through sponsorship deals, ticket sales, voting and commercial revenue from merchandise.
The UK venue for 2023 will be chosen in the coming months, with the bidding process expected to begin this week. Organizers said the date of the event will also be revealed ‘in due course’, as will the logo.
Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Newcastle, Nottingham, Sheffield, Swindon and Wolverhampton have all expressed interest in hosting the event, which has a large Event space will be required. Adequate accommodation and international transport links.
Ukraine’s entry, the Kalosh Orchestra, won the latest Eurovision Song Contest in Turin on May 14.
The Kalosh Orchestra poses with the winner’s trophy and the flag of Ukraine after winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in May.
Britain has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other country, including London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977. Edinburgh in 1972; Brighton in 1974; in Harrogate 1982; and Birmingham in 1998.
Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final along with the so-called ‘Big Five’ – Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – each of whom gets a free pass thanks to their financial support.
The United Kingdom has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest eight times.
The UK has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other country, in the following cities:
- 1960 – London (Royal Festival Hall)
- 1963 – London (BBC Television Centre)
- 1968 – London (Royal Albert Hall)
- 1972 – Edinburgh (Usher Hall)
- 1974 – Brighton (Brighton Dome)
- 1977 – London (Wembley Conference Centre)
- 1982 – Harrogate (Harrogate International Centre)
- 1998 – Birmingham (National Indoor Arena)
- 2023 – TBC
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britain would “put up a fantastic fight on behalf of our Ukrainian friends”, adding that in talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky last week he had “agreed that wherever Eurovision 2023 is held, it should celebrate the country and the people. of Ukraine.
He continued: ‘As we now host, the UK will honor this pledge directly – and put up a great fight on behalf of our Ukrainian friends.’
Downing Street said Boris Johnson had a ‘strong desire’ for Ukraine to host the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: ‘It is extremely regrettable that Eurovision will not be possible to be hosted by Ukraine. But we are confident that the BBC and the UK will pull out all the stops to ensure that this is a program that celebrates and honors the country, people and creativity of Ukraine.’
Asked if Britons should fly Ukrainian flags at the ceremony, the spokesman said: ‘Absolutely. As we saw, many countries and people from the UK were supporting our entry into the UK and our entry into Ukraine.
‘I am sure the Prime Minister will encourage the public to take this opportunity to show how the UK is supporting the people of Ukraine.’
Announcing London’s intention to host Eurovision, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Twitter: ‘It is very disappointing for Ukraine that it will not be able to host Eurovision next year.
‘London is ready and willing to step up. We will be honored to host a competition that celebrates the people of Ukraine and showcases the best of Britain.’
Sam Ryder, Britain’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, came second with his song Spaceman on 14 May.
Sheffield is also among the cities that have announced a bid to host Eurovision 2023.
Which UK cities have expressed interest in hosting Eurovision 2023?
The city council said it had told Eurovision organizers that Sheffield would ‘love’ to host the contest after the EBU and BBC confirmed that the UK would replace Ukraine as host. Sheffield City Council tweeted, ‘We’ve told Eurovision we’d love to host… watch this space.’
Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig also said the city would apply to host Eurovision in 2023.
He tweeted: ‘Manchester to bid to host @Eurovision @bbceurovision.
‘With a world-class music city, stunning venues, experience hosting major events, and of course one of the largest Ukrainian populations in the UK – we’re confident we’ll make it a Eurovision to remember. More to follow.’
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Osterdahl said: ‘We are incredibly grateful that the BBC has agreed to host the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023.
‘The BBC has taken over the hosting duties for the other winning countries on the last four occasions.
‘Continuing this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s competition will showcase the creativity and expertise of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters while ensuring that this year’s The victorious Ukraine should be celebrated and represented throughout the event.’
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries said: ‘The Eurovision Song Contest unites people through music and creativity.
‘Following a request from the European Broadcasting Union and the Ukrainian authorities, I am delighted that the BBC has agreed to host next year’s competition.
I regret that due to Russia’s continued bloodshed, it is not possible to host this event in Ukraine, where it should be.
The 1998 Eurovision Song Contest was held in Birmingham after Katrina and The Waves won in Dublin the previous year with ‘Love Shine a Light’ (presenting the picture in May 1997 after their win), the last time Britain remains to be won.
‘As host, the UK will respect the spirit and diversity of the competition, and most importantly ensure that it reflects Ukraine’s recent Eurovision victory and Ukrainian creativity.’
Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the managing board of UA:PBC, said: ‘The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be held in Ukraine, but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our colleagues at the BBC for their solidarity with us.
“I am confident that together we will be able to infuse the Ukrainian spirit into this event and once again unite all of Europe around our shared values of peace, support, diversity and celebrating talent.”
And BBC director-general Tim Davey added: ‘It is deeply regrettable that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine will not be able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
‘It is a great honor to be asked to host the world’s largest and most complex music competition. The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture, showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.
‘The BBC will now begin the process of finding a host city to partner with us to deliver one of the most exciting events to come to the UK in 2023.’