Traditionally, the winner of the upcoming song contest is Ukraine. However, the EBU said that after a “full evaluation and feasibility study” it concluded that Ukraine would not be able to host due to the ongoing war.
Referring to the conflict in Ukraine, the EBU said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex television projects in the world, with thousands of people working and attending, and taking 12 months to prepare.
“After an objective analysis, the Reference Group, the Eurovision Governing Board, concluded with deep regret that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees necessary for a broadcaster to run, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest in accordance with the Eurovision Rules cannot be met UA:PBC.”
The EBU also revealed that it will now “begin negotiations with the BBC” to host the contest next year as British performer Sam Ryder finished second.
“In accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now start discussions with the BBC, this year’s runner-up, for the possible hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the United Kingdom.”
The BBC has since released a statement regarding the announcement, telling CNN on Friday: “We saw the announcement from the EBU. Obviously, this is not a set of circumstances that anyone might need. After their decision, we will, of course, discuss the BBC is holding the Eurovision Song Contest.
The news comes weeks after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he was confident his country would accept him.
“Next year, Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And, I think, not the last. We will do our best to one day host Eurovision participants and guests in Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, rebuilt!” ” he said in his Instagram post seconds after the victory of the Kalush Orchestra was announced.