UK to host Eurovision 2023

Tonight the EBU announced that the UK will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

The Host City Bid process will begin this week with many cities are already showing interest.

Ukraine was unable to host the event due to the ongoing conflict with Russia.

Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian elements of the show.

Ukraine, as the winning country of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022, will also automatically qualify for the Grand Final.

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Chair of the UA:PBC Board of Directors, said:

“The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will not take place in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our partners at the BBC for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will know add the Ukrainian spirit to this event and unite all of Europe again around our common values ​​of peace, support, celebration of diversity and talent.

A unique logo to reflect the unique situation should also be developed.

Martin Österdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, said the EBU was “exceptionally grateful” to the BBC for organizing the contest.

“The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s competition will showcase the creativity and skills of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters while ensuring that this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event,” he said.

More details on the bidding process and dates for the 2023 show are expected in due course.

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