The UK Will Host The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest According To BBC. The BBC will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK on behalf of this year’s winners, Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced.
The event’s organizers announced last month that they were in discussions with the BBC about bringing it to the UK. Although Ukraine’s folk-rap entry Kalush Orchestra won the competition, it was announced earlier this month that the EBU would be seeking for a different country to host the event in 2023. Typically, the winner country of the annual song competition hosts the event the following year.
The UK Will Host The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest According To BBC. EBU provided a detailed justification for why Ukraine was unable to host the event in 2023. The disappointment that greeted the news that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest cannot be held is well understood by the EBU.
“The EBU’s responsibility to see that the prerequisites are satisfied to ensure the safety and security of everyone working at and participating in the event, for which the preparation of which needs to begin immediately in the host country, influenced the decision.”
After talks, the EBU has invited the BBC to serve as the host broadcaster for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest. The UK’s Sam Ryder finished second in the competition.
Martin sterdahl, the executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, expressed his gratitude in a statement: “We’re very delighted that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023.”
“The BBC has served as the host broadcaster for other winning nations four times before. We are confident that the Contest will display the talent and innovation of one of Europe’s most seasoned public broadcasters while making sure that this year’s winners, Ukraine, are honored and represented throughout the event in keeping with this legacy of unity.
Ukraine will automatically qualify for the 2023 Grand Final as the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest’s winning nation.
“It is a matter of great sadness,” said Tim Davie, director general of the BBC, “that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are unable to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. It is a wonderful honor to be chosen to host the biggest and most difficult music competition in the world.
In addition to displaying the variety of British music and innovation, the BBC is dedicated to make the event a true expression of Ukrainian culture. In order to produce one of the most thrilling events to visit the UK in 2023, the BBC will now start the search for a Host City.
In the past, the BBC has hosted Eurovision in several cities, including Birmingham in 1998, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, and London in 1960, 1963, 1968, and 1977. After receiving bids, the host city will be decided in the upcoming months.