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Eurovision-2023 will not be held in Ukraine

17.06.2022, 15:11

The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will not be held in Ukraine.

This was reported by Babel with reference to the European Broadcasting Union.

The organizers turned to the United Kingdom to discuss the possibility of holding the contest there, as this country's representative ranked second.

The Union noted that Ukraine will take part in the organization process. "This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts," the statement says.

"The EBU would like to thank UA:PBC for their wholehearted cooperation and commitment in exploring all scenarios in the weeks since Kalush Orchestra’s win on 14 May in Turin and share their sadness and disappointment that next year’s Contest cannot be held in Ukraine...

"As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runner up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom," said the Union, cited by Ukrainska Pravda.

At the same time, the EBU noted that they would like Ukraine's victory to be reflected in the next year's contest: "This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts."

As IMI reported, Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the International Song Contest Eurovision-2022 in Turin (Italy) with their song Stefania. Ukraine won the right to host the competition next year.

On June 13, Deputy Head of the President's Office Kyrylo Tymoshenko announced that Ukraine had started preparations for hosting the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

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