Britain will host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, with the BBC asking for government support to foot the bill.
Kraine was set to host the event after winning this year’s competition, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said the clash with Russia meant “security and operational guarantees” could not be met. The United Kingdom, who finished second in May with Sam Ryder, will host in 2023. London, Manchester and Sheffield have all offered to host the event.
It is the ninth time Eurovision has been held in the UK, more than any other country. Most recently in 1998.
BBC sources said they are in talks with the Government over financial backing for the event, which will cost up to £15million (€18million) to run. Ukraine initially resisted the idea of abandoning its hosting duties, arguing the competition was a “symbolic global event”. However, all parties reached a compromise and the event will “celebrate the culture and heritage of Ukraine”.
Downing Street said it was Boris Johnson’s “strong wish” for Ukraine to host the competition. “It is deeply regrettable that a Ukraine-hosted Eurovision will not be possible. But we are confident that the BBC and the UK will pull out all the stops to make this an event that celebrates and honors the country, people and creativity of Ukraine,” said a spokesman.
Oleh Psiuk, the lead singer of Kalush Orchestra, this year’s winner, said he hopes the 2023 competition “will have a Ukrainian flair”.
The official host city application process begins this week.
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