Ukraine is handing Eurovision internet hosting duties to Britain subsequent 12 months, regardless of successful this 12 months's occasion, on account of lingering risks from the battle there, mentioned the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Monday.
Britain got here second on this 12 months's contest, so the EBU opened talks with the BBC, in line with the general public broadcaster.
“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Music Contest within the UK in 2023,” mentioned Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Music Contest’s [ESC] government supervisor, in an announcement issued by the EBU.
"The BBC has taken on internet hosting duties for different successful nations on 4 earlier events. Persevering with on this custom of solidarity, we all know that subsequent 12 months’s contest will showcase the creativity and ability of considered one of Europe’s most skilled public broadcasters while guaranteeing this 12 months’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented all through the occasion," he mentioned.
Mykola Chernotytskyi, who heads Ukraine's public broadcaster UA:PBC, mentioned the 2023 Eurovision Music Contest wouldn't be in Ukraine however in help of Ukraine.
"We're grateful to our BBC companions for exhibiting solidarity with us. I'm assured that collectively we will add Ukrainian spirit to this occasion and as soon as once more unite the entire of Europe round our widespread values of peace, help, celebrating variety and expertise,” Chernotytskyi mentioned, in line with the EBU assertion
Representatives from UA:PBC will work with the BBC to develop and implement the Ukrainian components of subsequent 12 months’s reveals.
Ukraine, because the winner of the 2022 Eurovision Music Contest, may also robotically qualify for the upcoming contest's grand ultimate.
The town that may host subsequent 12 months’s contest is because of be chosen within the coming months following a bidding course of to be launched later this week. Some, together with Glasgow and Manchester, have expressed an curiosity, the BBC has mentioned, whereas Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, London, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast and Cardiff is also within the working.
The dates for the 2023 occasion haven't but been introduced.
Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra gained the competition in Turin, Italy, this 12 months with the tune "Stefania", adopted by Sam Ryder who got here second, representing Britain.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the information in a tweet, saying he had agreed with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that "wherever Eurovision 2023 is held, it should rejoice the nation and folks of Ukraine."
"As we are actually hosts, the UK will honour that pledge immediately – and placed on a improbable contest on behalf of our Ukrainian buddies," Johnson mentioned.
British Tradition Minister Nadine Dorries additionally greeted the choice.
"The Eurovision Music Contest unites folks by means of the facility of music and creativity," she mentioned. “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 subsequent 12 months’s contest."
"I’m simply sorry that, on account of Russia’s continued acts of bloodshed, it has not been potential to host the occasion in Ukraine, the place it must be," Dorries added, referring to Moscow's battle on its neighbour, raging since February.
"As hosts, the UK will honour the competitors’s spirit and variety, and most significantly, guarantee it displays Ukraine’s latest Eurovision victory and Ukrainian creativity," Dorries mentioned.
Britain has hosted the ESC extra typically than every other nation, in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, Edinburgh in 1972, Brighton in 1974, Harrogate in 1982 and Birmingham in 1998. Ukraine has additionally hosted the ESC previously, in 2005 and 2017.
It is usually the fifth time that Britain is stepping in with out having gained the earlier contest, as is normally how the host nation is set within the ESC. Britain hosted for the Netherlands in 1960, for France in 1963, for Monaco in 1972 and Luxembourg in 1974.
The EBU runs the ESC, a televised songwriting competitors that includes members chosen by EBU member broadcasters representing their nations from throughout Europe and past.
Members then carry out their unique works on the ESC, normally staged in Might.