Eurovision Can Be Held In UK As Producers Say Safety Concerns Mean It Can’t Be Held In Ukraine | News about Ents and Arts

Next year’s Eurovision Song Contest could be held in the UK, as producers say it will not be held by Ukraine’s winners due to security issues as a result of the Russian invasion.

In a statement on Friday, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – the alliance of public service broadcasters that manages Eurovision – said the war on Ukraine made it impossible to start the 12 months of preparation needed for next year’s show.

The EBU said it was initiating discussions “with the BBC, as this year’s runners-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest In the United Kingdom”.

“It is our full intention that Ukraine’s victory will be reflected in next year’s shows. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with eventual hosts,” added the organization.

In a statement, the BBC said: “We have seen the EBU announcement. Clearly, this is not a set of circumstances that anyone would want.

“Following their decision, of course we will discuss the BBC as the host of the Eurovision Song Contest,” the organization added.

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The Kalush Orchestra, who performed the folk-rap song Stefania, won the song contest due to a huge public vote in their favor – beating Britain’s Sam Ryder, who won the national jury vote.

Ryder received full points from the Ukrainian jury and Ukraine received full points from the British public vote.

He narrowly missed teaming up with the likes of Katrina And The Waves and Bucks Fizz to give the UK their sixth win since 1957, but was ecstatic with the result. “There’s so much gratitude, what an experience,” he said.

The band members of the Kalush Orchestra were out on the streets fighting Russian bullies just weeks before taking the stage in Turin – instead of rehearsing for the biggest performance of their lives.

They later raised $900,000 (£713,000) for the country’s armed forces auctioning off your trophy.

Sam Ryder of the United Kingdom reacts during the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final at the Palaolimpico arena in Turin, Italy, Saturday, May 14, 2022. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
Sam Ryder came in second for the UK after winning the jury vote

Kalush Orchestra sold the crystal microphone it received in a Facebook auction hosted by Ukrainian TV presenter Serhiy Prytula on Sunday.

The money will be used to buy the PD-2 drone system for the Ukrainian military, which includes three aircraft and a ground control station, Prytula said.

The auction was accompanied by a raffle for vocalist Oleh Psiuk’s pink hat, with tickets priced at €5 each.

Prytula said the raffle raised an additional $370,000 (£293,000) for the Ukrainian military, with more than 31,000 people from 56 countries participating.

After the victory, the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy promised defiantly that next year’s contest will be held in Mariupol, which is currently almost entirely in Russian hands, writing on Facebook: “Our courage impresses the world, our music conquers Europe. Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision.”

Russia was excluded from the competition this year in response to their invasion of Ukraine.

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