The United Kingdom will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. British broadcasting Corporation BBC will host the contest.
This year, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest. In a normal situation, Ukraine would have been responsible for the 2023 contest. However, due to safety reasons, EBU decided that Ukraine was not able to do the job. At the same moment, EBU mentioned talks with the United Kingdom about organising the contest. The United Kingdom was one of the countries willing to do so, and as the country reached the 2nd place it was quite logical to ask them first.
‘We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023,’ said Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive 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 Ukrainian broadcaster 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.’
Representatives of UA: PBC will work with the BBC to develop and implement the Ukrainian elements of next year’s shows.
Several cities already expressed their will to organise the contest. It is likely that, within a month, the host city will be announced.