Earlier today the Eurovision Broadcasting Union announced that, due to ongoing security issues in Ukraine following the Russian invasion, next year’s song competition will be held in the United Kingdom.
Despite it being a tradition for the winner to host the song contest the following year, the current climate has made it impossible for Ukraine to host next year’s edition and thus, this year’s runner up, the United Kingdom, will host Eurovision 2023.
The Facebook statement read: “Following objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has with deep regret concluded that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organise and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC (Ukraine’s national broadcaster).”
The statement concluded that it is the Eurovision Broadcasting Union’s full intention that Ukraine’s win be reflected in next year’s shows.
What do you make of this decision?