Organizers say Eurovision Song Contest 2023 would be too risky to hold in Ukraine, disappointing Kyiv
LONDON, UK — The Eurovision Song Contest is set to be held in Britain in 2023 as organizers deem it too risky for this year’s winner Ukraine to host it due to war, sparking disappointment immediate Kyiv.
While decades-old tradition is that the winner of the contest can host it the following year, organizers said the security guarantees required to hold the contest meant talks would be held with runner-up Britain .
Ukraine was unhappy with the decision, with Culture Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko, on Telegram, demanding more negotiations “because we believe we can meet all the commitments we have made”.
Britain’s entry to the competition last month in Turin, British singer-songwriter Sam Ryder’s ‘SPACE MAN’, came second to Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra after a string of modest finishes.
The group rode a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory with “Stefania” which was hailed by the country’s president.
The organiser, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), said it was in talks with UK broadcaster BBC to host the next event.
“The EBU…shares its sadness and disappointment that next year’s competition cannot be held in Ukraine,” the Eurovision Song Contest said.
“We fully intend for Ukraine’s victory to be reflected in next year’s shows.”
The event normally attracts a television audience of almost 200 million people.
“We are committed to ensuring that it overwhelmingly reflects the rich culture, heritage and creativity of Ukraine, while building on the ongoing partnership between our two countries,” said a spokesman for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, visiting Kyiv on Friday June 17. , said.
The BBC said: “This is clearly not a set of circumstances that everyone would want… we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”
The last time Britain hosted the annual competition was in 1998, when it was held in Birmingham after British rock band Katrina and the Waves song ‘Love Shine a Light’ won the previous year. – Rappler.com