UK to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine | Arts and Culture News

The European Broadcasting Union decides it’s too dangerous to carry the annual tune competitors in war-ravaged Ukraine.

The Eurovision contest, the world’s largest stay music occasion, goes to be hosted by the UK on behalf of Ukraine subsequent 12 months as a result of security considerations, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has stated.

Monday’s determination comes as Ukraine, which had gained the suitable to host the competitors after successful this 12 months, is preventing a army invasion launched by Russia in late February.

“On account of discussions, the BBC, as runner up within the 2022 Contest, was invited by the EBU to behave as Host Broadcaster for the 67th Eurovision Music Contest,” learn an announcement launched by the broadcasting union.


The transfer didn’t come with out some resistance from the the Public Broadcasting Firm of Ukraine (UA:PBC), which stated in June it was “disillusioned” that the EBU had dominated out Ukraine as a number nation. However the danger of air assaults and mass casualties swayed the EBU’s remaining determination.

The BBC has stepped in to host for different international locations up to now and has, total, staged the occasion extra instances that some other broadcaster. It hosted the Eurovision Music Contest in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998.

“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Music Contest within the UK in 2023,” stated Martin Osterdahl, the occasion’s govt supervisor.

The British metropolis internet hosting the occasion might be chosen within the coming months following a bidding course of. A date for the 2023 occasion has not been introduced but.

The EBU’s assertion stated that Ukraine, because the winner of the 2022 competitors, will routinely qualify for the following finals.

“The 2023 Eurovision Music Contest won’t be in Ukraine however in help of Ukraine. We’re grateful to our BBC companions for displaying solidarity with us,” stated Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the UA:PBC’s managing board.

“I’m assured that collectively we can add Ukrainian spirit to this occasion and as soon as once more unite the entire of Europe round our widespread values of peace, help, celebrating range and expertise,” Chernotytskyi added.

This 12 months’s contest – which occurred in Italy – grew to become a second of world solidarity for war-ravaged Ukraine, which received the competitors greater than three months into the battle. Kalush Orchestra received with a tune known as Stefania, sung in Ukrainian, which fused rap with conventional people music.

Eurovision has taken place since 1956 and has at all times been organised by the EBU, which represents public service media in additional than 50 international locations throughout Europe, the Center East and Africa.

The occasion in 2022, EBU stated, drew greater than 180 million viewers on TV and on-line.

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