Ukraine ruled out as 2023 Eurovision host, UK asked to step in

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced Friday that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be held in war-torn Ukraine, and that it is currently in talks with the U.K. to host it instead.

In May, the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the contest with the song “Stefania” in a highly symbolic victory. Traditionally, the winner of the contest hosts it the following year.

The EBU was in talks with the Ukrainian public broadcaster, the UA:PBC. But it came “with deep regret” to the conclusion that next year’s contest cannot be held in Ukraine owing to the ongoing war with Russia.

“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 EBU said in a statement.

As a result, the EBU will now engage in discussions with the BBC to potentially host the 2023 edition in the U.K., which came second in Italy this year.

In a statement, the British public broadcaster said: “We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want. Following their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”