The organisers of the event are currently in talks with the BBC after it was determined that Ukraine was not in a position to host
There was much uncertainty surrounding Kalush Orchestra’s win in the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest this summer. Whilst an overwhelming number of public votes went to Ukraine’s act, making them the clear winners, it was not confirmed whether or not the country would be able to fulfill their hosting duties to the ongoing war with Russia.
Now the EBU have confirmed that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be held in Ukraine, writing that the investigating body “has with deep regret concluded that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC (the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine).”
Instead, it seems that the hosting duties may fall to the UK after Sam Ryder won the jury vote and finished runner-up at the contest. EBU bosses have stated that talks will now begin with the BBC to explore this option. Nothing is confirmed yet, as the BBC’s statement makes clear.
“We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want,” they wrote. “Following their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”
If the contest does take place in the UK, it will be the first time the country has hosted since 1998, and the ninth time overall.