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Eurovision Song Contest 2023 to Be Hosted in U.K. on Behalf of Ukraine

The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will happen within the U.Okay.

Although Ukraine received this yr’s contest, because of the ongoing battle following Russia’s invasion the present’s organizers have now confirmed what had lengthy been mooted: that the competitors might be hosted by the runners-up, the U.Okay.

The European Broadcasting Union and the BBC made the announcement on Monday, stating that the U.Okay. would step in “on behalf” of 2023’s profitable broadcaster, Ukraine’s UA:PBC, with the BBC taking up internet hosting duties. As winners, nevertheless, the Ukraine would robotically qualify for the Grand Final together with the ‘Big 5’ of countries that contribute financially, which incorporates the U.Okay. The EBU added that UA:PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian parts of the present.

A bidding contest to pick the host metropolis is about to start this week, however each Glasgow and Manchester have reportedly already expressed an curiosity.

“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023,” mentioned Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s government supervisor.

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

Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the managing board of UA:PBC added: “The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent.”

This article was initially printed by The Hollywood Reporter.

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