ESC 2023: Ukraine Will Not Host The Contest!

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EBU released a statement regarding the hosting of the Eurovision 2023!

Since Ukraine’s victory back in middle May, everyone has been wondering if the country could host the contest. Today, an explanatory statement was issued by EBU. According to this, the contest will not be held in Ukraine.

“Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, the EBU has taken the time to conduct a full assessment and feasibility study with both UA:PBC and third-party specialists including on safety and security issues.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world with thousands working on, and attending, the event and 12 months of preparation time needed.

Following objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has with deep regret concluded that, […], organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC Rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC.”

EBU

The same statement explains that now the voting rights will be given to the runner-up of 2022. Therefore, the United Kingdom will be asked to organise the contest.

Source: eurovision.tv

What do you think about this development? Will BBC accept the hosting rights and if so which will be the next host-city? Let us know in the comments below!

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