Will Eurovision 2023 take place in Ukraine?

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The freedom-loving part of Europe, as well as Australia, have just crowned Ukraine the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The competition that builds bridges between countries to come together despite differences and compete in song and music.

Unfortunately, compared to previous years’ competitions, this year’s competition had a rather serious element. Ukraine participated despite the difficult period it is going through after being brutally attacked and attacked by Russia in February.

But the Ukrainians remain strong.

This was proven again by the representatives of Ukraine at this year’s competition, the Kalush Orchestra, with their victory tonight in Turin.

winner and host

In 1958 a new initiative was introduced which has since become a tradition with few exceptions: the winning country is invited to host the competition next year.

With this, Ukraine not only won the Eurovision 2022, but also the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

There were six exceptions where the winning country did not host the competition the following year. The reason was primarily that the broadcaster could not afford to host the event:

  • 1956: Switzerland won – 1957 was held in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1959: The Netherlands won – 1960 was held in London, UK
  • 1962: France wins – 1963 takes place in London, UK
  • 1971: Monaco won – 1972 was held in Edinburgh, UK
  • 1973: Luxembourg won – 1974 was held in Brighton, UK
  • 1979: Israel won – 1980 was held in The Hague, Netherlands

Can Ukraine host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest?

The big question is: will Ukraine be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023? A country that has been attacked, bombed and suffered great destruction and death.

If you ask the winner, the Kalush Orchestra, there is no doubt. In several interviews leading up to Eurovision 2022, they were asked the same question about whether Eurovision 2023 can take place in Ukraine, and each time they answered:

– If we win, the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in Ukraine. It will be a new, integrated, well-developed and prosperous Ukraine.

The prerequisite for this is, of course, that the war in Ukraine ends soon and that Ukraine can host this mega-event next year and meet the requirements for capacity, economy, logistics and security.

Ukraine won Eurovision 2016 (Jamala – “1944”) and held Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv. Here the competition took place in the Kyiv International Exhibition Center.

Will Eurovision 2023 be held in another country?

In the event that Ukraine has not kicked Russia out of the country and the war drags on or Ukraine is simply unable to host next year’s Eurovision, either due to devastation, economic or security reasons, the competition will have to take place in another country take place in Europe.

The same was actually the case if Australia were to win Eurovision.

Since Australia was invited to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, it has entered on one condition: if it wins, Australia would have to work with a European broadcaster to host next year’s Eurovision in a European country.

If Ukraine cannot host Eurovision 2023, they have an equal chance: Ukraine is hosting the competition in cooperation with that country’s broadcaster in another country.

Which country would that be? A good bet would be that, as you know, the UK finished second at this year’s Eurovision.

This was announced by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is responsible for the Eurovision Song Contest, in a statement NBC News that they could not speculate on contingency plans for a Ukrainian victory:

– After we crowned the winners on Saturday night, no matter who the winners are, we will be looking at such decisions in the following weeks.

According to Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU will now discuss the possibilities for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 with Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC:

– This process will start a few weeks after Eurovision 2022, no matter who wins, Martin Österdahl said ahead of the Grand Final.

Shortly after the Kalush Orchestra’s victory, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy declared:

– For the third time in its history. And I think: Not the last. We will do our utmost to one day host Eurovision participants and visitors in Mariupol, Ukraine. Free, peaceful and rebuilt!

– Thank you for the win, Kalush Orchestra, and everyone who voted for us!

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 hosting situation is fraught with uncertainty and hopefully we will be better informed in the coming weeks.

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