UK lined up as host for Eurovision 2023 after organisers rule out Ukraine hosting
Eurovision organisers have ruled Ukraine will not be able to host the contest next year.
The United Kingdom is being lined up as the host for next year's Eurovision Song Contest after organisers decided Ukraine would not be able to host the event in 2023 due to the war in the country.
Ukraine stormed to victory in this year's contest, with Sam Ryder finishing second for the UK.
Usually, the competition winner hosts the event the following year. However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has concluded after a risk assessment that it is not feasible for the country to host the 2023 edition of the contest because of the ongoing war in the country.
In a statement, they confirmed they were in discussion with the BBC about the UK potentially hosting the competition next year.
The EBU said: “In accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runner up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.”
— EBU (@EBU_HQ) June 17, 2022
But they added that no matter who hosts the contest next year, it is their intention and a priority that "Ukraine’s win will be reflected in next year’s shows."