Britain ‘will host Eurovision 2023’ because Ukraine ‘unlikely’ will be able, big fan predicts
Eurovision 2022 saw Ukraine take first place in a stunning final round in which the UK finished second, the first time the UK has been placed on the left side of the scoreboard in ten years.
However, due to the current conflict in Ukraine, the winning country may have to relinquish hosting responsibilities next year.
This means the UK could end up with the huge task and a huge fan has spoken to BBC Breakfast about the potential situation.
Vaughn Staples said he “could definitely come to us in the UK” after being asked by a reporter about fan speculation about where next year’s Eurovision will take place.
Staples, a UK representative for the official Eurovision fan club, replied: “You never know. It’s unlikely Ukraine will be able to host at the moment, so there might be people coming forward.”
“Certainly with our second place and availability, he can certainly come to us,” he continued.
Vaughn also described Ukraine’s victory as a symbol of “joy and solidarity”.
On May 14, Eurovision organizer EBU said that no decisions have been made about the host yet.
They said, “There are clearly unique challenges in hosting the competition next year. However, like every year, we look forward to discussing all the requirements and responsibilities involved in hosting the competition.”
They went on to explain that the talks would take place “with UA: PBC and all other interested parties” in the hope of “ensuring that they have the most appropriate preparation for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest”.
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky said his country “will do its best to host Eurovision one day” and concluded his message with “a free and peaceful reconstruction.”
British Affairs Minister Kwasi Kwarting also backed his hopes, telling Sky News that the competition “should be hosted in Ukraine”.
It was an intense competition with the UK reaching the top of the jury voting, with Ukraine taking the lead during the public voting round.
The British actor was singer Sam Ryder, who sang SpaceMan, and his efforts won the country’s best score since 1998.
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