The UK will host next year’s Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine. CNN


The United Kingdom will host next year Eurovision Song Contest On behalf of Ukraine, organizers European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and BBC confirmed this on Monday.

Traditionally, it would be Ukraine’s job as the winner to host the upcoming song contest after the Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra triumphed in May with their track “Stefania”.

Although, The EBU said last month thatAfter a “full evaluation and feasibility study”, it was concluded that it would not be possible for Ukraine to host ongoing war with Russia,

The UK came in second in this year’s competition, thanks to Sam Ryder performing “Space Man”.

The BBC’s Director-General, Tim Davey, said in a statement on Monday: “It is with great regret that our partners and friends in Ukraine have not been able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

“It’s a great privilege to be asked to host the biggest and most complex music competition in the world.”

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

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

Although Ukraine is not hosting the win, the country will automatically qualify for the grand final with the so-called “Big Five”, organizers said. The Big Five, which include France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, are the countries that contribute the most to the competition economically.

Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC’s head of managing board, Mykola Chernotsky, expressed confidence that the two countries “can work together to add to the Ukrainian spirit in this event and once again bring the whole of Europe to peace, support, celebrate.” can unite around our common values ​​of diversity and talent.”

The BBC has staged the Eurovision Song Contest on eight occasions – more times than any other broadcaster.

After the announcement, the Prime Minister of Britain boris johnson tweeted that the UK would hold a “great contest from our Ukrainian friends”.