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UK to host 2023 Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine

Following a decision by the contest’s organizers that the winner, Ukraine, could not host the event, the Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in the UK the following year.

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) began looking for a substitute presenter because of the continuous conflict that followed the Russian invasion in February.

Sam Ryder of the UK finished in second place this year, which prompted the EBU to begin discussions with the BBC last month.

Numerous UK towns have previously indicated their want to host.

There are several locations in the UK that have sufficient arenas, lodging, and access to international transportation, and London, Sheffield, and Manchester have already indicated that they would formally submit a proposal.

In the running for the position are Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, London, Brighton, Bristol, Belfast, Cardiff, and Nottingham.

The director of the national broadcaster of Ukraine, UA:PBC, Mykola Chernotytskyi, said, “We are thankful to our BBC colleagues for demonstrating solidarity with us.

This week will mark the beginning of the bidding process to select the host city.

All formal proposals will be taken into account by the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), who will then release the longlist later this summer.

It may be costly to host Eurovision. According to reports, Azerbaijan paid £48 million to organize the occasion in 2012.

According to a BBC spokeswoman, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the participating broadcasters collaborate to produce the Eurovision Song Contest.

Numerous financing possibilities should be investigated in order to produce a terrific event and outstanding value for license fee payers.

Once the precise location is determined, tickets often go on sale a few months before the competition.

The Grand Final of the competition hasn’t been set yet, however it typically takes place in May.

The victor, along with the “Big Five,” which consists of the UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, will automatically qualify Ukraine for the Grand Final.

Due to their financial support of the tournament, they each advance directly to the final.

UA: PBC and the BBC will collaborate to create the show’s Ukrainian components.

Even though the competition won’t take place there, Mr. Chernotytskyi continued, it will still be “in favor of Ukraine”.

“I am certain that by working together, we can infuse this event with Ukrainian spirit and once more bring all of Europe together around our shared values of peace, support, and appreciation for variety and talent.”

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