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Eurovision may very well be on its method again to the UK, following the organisers’...

Eurovision may very well be on its method again to the UK, following the organisers’ resolution that reigning champion Ukraine is sadly unable to host due to the ongoing Russian invasion of the nation.

Whereas it’s clearly a state of affairs nobody had hoped for, there was a respectful pleasure in regards to the Track Contest probably returning to the UK for the primary time in 25 years.

With talks now starting between the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC about probably staging the 2023 occasion, right here’s every thing we learn about up to now, together with which metropolis may host and the way a lot it may cost…

Remind me, what occurred on the 2022 Eurovision Track Contest?

Ukraine was crowned the winner of the 2022 Song Contest final month with Kalush Orchestra’s monitor Stefania.

The UK’s Sam Ryder finished in second place, together with his monitor Area Man, bringing house our greatest consequence within the competitors in 24 years.

Sam topped the jury vote in Turin, however Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra went on to win total after a symbolic present of assist within the public vote, which noticed them soar to first place with 631 factors.

Kalush Orchestra celebrate their Eurovision victory in Turin
Kalush Orchestra have fun their Eurovision victory in Turin

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Because the winner, Ukraine was in line to host the competitors subsequent yr, however the Russian invasion raised a variety of questions on its feasibility, till the EBU made an official announcement on 17 June in regards to the 2023 occasion.

What has the EBU stated in regards to the UK internet hosting Eurovision in 2023?

Following Ukraine’s win, the EBU performed a “full evaluation and feasibility examine” with Ukrainian state broadcaster UA:PBC as as to whether it may go forward amid the continuing state of battle within the nation.

Nevertheless, after “exploring all situations” with the community, the EBU shared “their disappointment and disappointment that subsequent yr’s Contest can’t be held in Ukraine”.

“The EBU has been supporting UA:PBC throughout an entire vary of areas because the invasion. We are going to be sure that this assist continues so UA:PBC can keep the indispensable service they supply to Ukrainians,” it stated.

“Because of this resolution, in accordance with the principles and to make sure the continuity of the occasion, the EBU will now start discussions with the BBC, as this yr’s runner-up, to probably host the 2023 Eurovision Track Contest in the UK.

“It’s our full intention that Ukraine’s win might be mirrored in subsequent yr’s exhibits. This might be a precedence for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts.”

What has the BBC stated?

Nevertheless, it must be famous that nothing is but confirmed, with the EBU and the BBC but to start discussions.

What has Ukraine stated in regards to the improvement?

Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC stated it’s “dissatisfied” Eurovision bosses have determined it can not host subsequent yr and referred to as for negotiations on a brand new location to be placed on maintain.

In a press release, it claimed the EBU had “denied Ukraine the fitting to host Eurovision 2023” after analysing the safety state of affairs within the war-torn nation.

Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the managing board of UA:PBC, stated: “We’re dissatisfied with this resolution of the EBU.

“Throughout this month, a lot of individuals in Ukraine have thrown all their efforts to fulfil the circumstances for holding Eurovision in our nation. Safety is, after all, our first precedence.

“The workforce of UA: PBC, state and native authorities did a radical job and provided completely different choices.

“It’s a pity to see such an unappealable assertion, due to this fact, we ask our companions to carry additional negotiations.”

The broadcaster’s assertion went on to element a gathering on June 14 by which organisers from Ukraine met with representatives of the EBU and the competition itself.

They mentioned the problem of safety and three potential internet hosting areas – Lviv, in Zakarpattia on the border with Hungary and Slovakia, and in Kyiv.

The assertion continued: “As a reminder, after the victory of Kalush Orchestra at Eurovision 2022 in Turin, Ukraine gained the fitting to host the Track Contest subsequent yr.

“UA:PBC as a member of the European Broadcasting Union ensures the choice and participation of a consultant of Ukraine within the Eurovision Track Contest, is an official broadcaster of the competition, and organises the competition the next yr in case of Ukraine’s victory.”

Ukraine’s tradition minister Oleksandr Tkachenko additionally issued a press release on Telegram criticising the EBU’s resolution.

“We actually gained Eurovision and have fulfilled all of the circumstances inside the deadlines for the method of approving its holding in Ukraine,” he wrote.

Asking for additional negotiations, he stated: “Internet hosting Eurovision – 2023 in Ukraine is a powerful sign to the entire world that helps Ukraine now. We are going to demand to alter this resolution, as a result of we imagine that we can fulfil all of the commitments, as we’ve repeatedly empathised it to the Eurovision Broadcasting Union [sic].”

How a lot would it not price the UK and the BBC to host Eurovision?

It’s not clear whether or not the BBC must pay for the Contest from its present licence charge allocation or can be given additional cash.

In line with the official Eurovision website, the host broadcaster often makes a contribution of between €10 and €20 million, relying on native circumstances and accessible sources.

Broadcasters who air the Contest of their respective international locations additionally contribute a mixed whole of €6.2 million to the occasion.

The UK already spends extra on Eurovision than most individuals as it’s a part of the so-called ‘Massive 5’ international locations alongside France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

They’re the highest-paying EBU members who considerably fund the competition annually, and in consequence acquire computerized entry into the ultimate of the Contest.

So, what has the UK authorities stated?

Downing Street has said it might “welcome” subsequent yr’s Eurovision being hosted within the UK.

Boris Johnson’s spokesperson stated Ukraine’s victory was “hard-earned” and the federal government’s “overwhelming want” was for the competition may very well be held there.

“We’d welcome the chance to work with Ukraine and the BBC to host it right here within the UK,” the spokesperson stated.

No.10 added if the competition was held in Britain it might need it to replicate the “wealthy tradition, heritage and creativity” of Ukraine.

Has a second-place nation ever hosted Eurovision earlier than?

The custom of the successful nation internet hosting the next yr’s Track Contest was established in 1958, nonetheless there have been a variety of events previously the place this has not occurred, often because of the expense of internet hosting the in recent times prior.

The UK hosted the Contest for the Netherlands in 1960, for France in 1963, and for Monaco in 1972, and for Luxembourg in 1974.

The Netherlands additionally stepped in to host the Contest for Israel in 1980.

When was the final time the UK hosted Eurovision?

Th UK final hosted Eurovision in 1998 after successful the competition with Katrina and the Waves’ Love Shine A Mild a yr prior.

Katrina And The Waves won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest for the UK with Love Shine A Light
Katrina And The Waves gained the 1997 Eurovision Track Contest for the UK with Love Shine A Mild

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It additionally staged the occasion in 1968, 1977 and 1982 after successful the earlier years’ Contests.

The UK was additionally one in all 4 joint winners in 1969, however didn’t host the 1970 occasion after a poll chosen the Netherlands to take action.

With eight internet hosting years, the UK has really staged Eurovision greater than some other nation within the competitors.

The place has Eurovision been held within the UK earlier than?

In 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, London was the host metropolis.

Edinburgh staged the 1972 occasion, with the present travelling to Brighton in 1974 and Harrogate in 1982.

Most not too long ago, the Contest was held in Birmingham in 1998.

So the place may the 2023 occasion happen?

London, Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, Aberdeen and Leeds are amongst cities which have already thrown their hats into the ring to host.

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Londoners would welcome Eurovision with open arms.

“We’re able to step up and assist Ukraine by internet hosting a contest that pays tribute to and honours the Ukrainian individuals, and in addition celebrates the easiest of Britain too.”

Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon voiced her assist for Glasgow as the house of the Contest, tweeting: “We want @Eurovision may very well be in Ukraine however perceive that in circumstances this isn’t potential.

“Nevertheless, I can consider an ideal venue on banks of the River Clyde!! @scotgov is joyful to debate with BBC, @GlasgowCC @EBU_HQ and others.”

The OVO Hydro area in Glasgow is rumoured to be a favorite location to host the competition for the UK.

In a second tweet, Ms Sturgeon added: “Certainly there could also be a number of potential venues in Scotland – let’s focus on!!”

Scottish Nationwide Occasion MSP for Aberdeen Central, Kevin Stewart, described his metropolis as “the place to be”, including: “Our metropolis can be immense Eurovision hosts.”

Sacha Lord, night-time financial system adviser for the Larger Manchester Mixed Authority (GMCA) and co-founder of Parklife competition, added: “Bringing @Eurovision @bbceurovision to Larger Manchester 2023, can be enormous for our metropolis area.

“We’re globally identified for our music and I’m assured the fitting individuals would give it the complete assist, to make this occur.”

Welsh Labour MP Kevin Brennan backed Cardiff, tweeting: “Clearly Eurovision must be held on the Principality Stadium (roof closed) Cardiff with 70,000 partygoers – no brainer.”

Representatives of Leeds stated the town had already been involved with the Authorities and BBC a couple of bid for the competition.

A joint assertion from James Lewis, chief of Leeds Metropolis Council, and Jonathan Pryor, Leeds Metropolis Council’s government member for financial system and tradition, stated: “Leeds has already proved that it has the aptitude and capability to host main worldwide occasions and ASM International efficiently hosted Eurovision within the Avicii Area, Stockholm Sweden in 2016.

“Given that we are going to be mid-way by the Leeds 2023 12 months of Tradition, it couldn’t come at a greater time.”

Glasgow is presently the bookies’ favorite to host the occasion, with odds of 4/7 with William Hill, with London following at 10/3.

What would this imply for the 2024 Contest?

If the UK had been to carry the occasion subsequent yr, it may put the 2023 winners in a tough state of affairs over whether or not they get the chance to host in 2024 or forfeit to permit Ukraine their flip.

Because the invasion of Russia stays ongoing it’s unsure what the state of affairs could also be in Ukraine in years to return.

Nevertheless, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has beforehand vowed to sooner or later host the Eurovision Track Contest within the embattled metropolis of Mariupol.

Ukraine has hosted the competition twice in its capital Kyiv, as soon as on the Palace of Sports activities in 2005 and later on the Worldwide Exhibition Centre in 2017.