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Second-placed Great Britain will host the Eurovision Song Contest next year in place of this year’s ESC winner Ukraine. “Following requests from the European Broadcasting Union and the Ukrainian authorities, I am delighted that the BBC has agreed to host the competition next year,” said British Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries. However, it is sad that the ESC cannot take place in Ukraine, where it actually belongs, due to the “continuing Russian bloodshed”.
However, due to security concerns related to the Russian war against Ukraine, which has been going on for around five months, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said it was holding talks with the BBC in the UK about the event. Briton Sam Ryder had finished second in Turin. It is not yet clear in which city the competition will be held. Manchester and Glasgow have signaled interest, the BBC reported.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a month ago came out in favor of holding the next Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukraine. “The fact is they won it and they deserve to have it,” Johnson said at the time.
Now the outgoing prime minister said: “Last week (the Ukrainian) President Volodymyr) Zelenskyy and I agreed that the ESC 2023, wherever it takes place, must celebrate the country and the people of Ukraine. Now that we’re hosting, the UK will deliver on that promise straight away – and put on a fantastic competition on behalf of our Ukrainian friends.«