UK may host Eurovision 2023 with bosses in talks with BBC after Ukraine ruled out

The European Broadcasting Union has confirmed that negotiations have begun with the BBC “to potentially host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023” in the UK after concluding that next year’s contest cannot be held in war-torn Ukraine.

Sam Ryder, Eurovision star

The UK was invited to host Eurovision next year after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The EBU has released a statement about hosting the song contest next year.

“Following its victory in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in May, the EBU has been exploring options to host next year’s competition with Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC, which has hosted the event in 2017 and 2005.

“It has become a well-known tradition for the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest to host the competition the following year, providing certain criteria, including ensuring the viability of holding the event and the safety of all interested parties, including the public.

“Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, the EBU took the time to conduct a thorough assessment and feasibility study with experts from UA:PBC and third parties, including security and safety issues.

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