Several countries have expressed interest in hosting the upcoming Eurovision event!
After Ukraine’s win at the Grand Final of Eurovision, everyone is interested in knowing where the next contest will be held, given the situation in Ukraine. With that in mind, a couple of countries have expressed their intentions to take the hosting rights for the next contest. Among the countries are Poland, Iceland, Spain, Sweden, the Netherlands and the 2022 host country Italy.
The Swiss Head of Delegation, Yves Schifferle, commented about the possibility of Switzerland hosting Eurovision.
“Of course, it concerns us to travel with the Swiss delegation to a country where it is unclear what the situation will be like in a year.
I am sure that EBU will examine very carefully if ESC can be held in Ukraine and if so, under what conditions and circumstances.
In a request from the EBU, SRG SSR would check whether Switzerland is the right place for ESC 2023.
However, no such conversations are currently taking place.”Swiss Head of Delegation, Yves Schifferle
In the past, the contest was declined to be hosted by some countries. Back then, BBC on all occasions – except one – took the responsibility for organising the show. In 1980, Israel – the winner of 1979 – declined the hosting rights after hostig the 1978 edition. The British broadcaster was asked to host but declined too. Finally, the Dutch broadcaster accepted the responsibility and hosted the 25th Eurovision song contest.
Given the situation, I believe that if Ukraine cannot host Eurovision, the runner-up of the show will be asked to step in. In other words, the United Kingdom most likely will be the first option – after the winning nation – to organise the event.
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