UK will host Eurovision next year on behalf of Ukraine

Traditionally, the winner of the upcoming song contest will be Ukraine, after the triumph of the Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra with the track “Stefania” in May.

Great Britain took second place in this year’s competition thanks to Sam Ryder’s performance “Space Man”.

BBC CEO Tim Davy said in a statement on Monday: “It is very regrettable that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine cannot host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

“Being invited to host the largest and most challenging music competition in the world is a great privilege.”

He went on to say that the BBC is “committed to making this event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture, as well as showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity”.

Davy confirmed that the next step would be to find a host city for the annual vocal competition. Organizers said the bidding process will begin next week.

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The organizers said that although Ukraine will not host guests, it will automatically qualify for the grand final along with the so-called “big five”. The Big Five, which includes France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, are the countries that contributed the most financially to the competition.

Mykola Chernotitsky, head of the board of the Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC, expressed confidence that the two peoples could work together to “add the Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite all of Europe around our common values ​​of peace, support, and celebrating diversity and talent.”

The BBC has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest eight times, more than any other broadcaster.

Following a statement by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that the UK would put on a “fantastic contest on behalf of our Ukrainian friends”.