This has been strongly rumoured for a while, but now the Eurovision Song Contest has formally announced that Britain will host the 2023 edition of the event. As winners, Ukraine should have hosted, but as they are suffering the ongoing Russian invasion, and as Russia have shown the habit of bombing anywhere and everywhere, it’s just not safe to run the Eurovision there.
Therefore, the UK will run the event but place a huge emphasis on Ukrainian culture: it will be a Ukraine centric Eurovision, just held somewhere in the UK. Yes, somewhere, because loads of cities have put themselves forward and there’s going to be a formal bidding process.
A longlist will be published later this year. This will be the fifth time the UK has taken over hosting the event from somewhere else.
“Following a request from the European Broadcasting Union and the Ukrainian authorities, I’m delighted that the BBC has agreed to step in and host next year’s contest,” Culture Secretary ‘Mad Nad’ Dorries said.
“I’m just sorry that due to Russia’s continued acts of bloodshed it has not been possible to host the event in Ukraine, where it should be.”