Will Eurovision 2023 be held in Ukraine?

The freedom-loving part of Europe and Australia have just chosen Ukraine as the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The competition that builds bridges between countries to come together despite differences and compete in song and music.

Unfortunately, this year’s competition had a rather serious element compared to previous years’ competitions. Ukraine joined despite the difficult time it is going through after being brutally attacked and invaded by Russia in February.

But Ukrainians remain strong.

This was again proven by the representatives of Ukraine in this year’s competition, the Kalush Orchestra, with their victory in Turin tonight.

Winner and Host

A new initiative was introduced in 1958, which has since become a tradition with few exceptions: the winning country will be invited to host next year’s competition.

This means that Ukraine has not only won Eurovision 2022, but also has the right to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

There have been six exceptions where the winning country failed to host the competition the following year. The reason was mainly that the broadcaster could not afford to host the event:

  • 1956: Switzerland won – 1957 was held in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1959: Netherlands won – 1960 was held in London, UK
  • 1962: France won – 1963 was held in London, UK
  • 1971: Monaco won – 1972 was held in Edinburgh, UK
  • 1973: Luxembourg won – 1974 was held in Brighton, UK
  • 1979: Israel won – 1980 was held in The Hague, Netherlands

Can Ukraine host Eurovision Song Contest 2023?

The big question is: can Ukraine host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023? A country that has been invaded, bombed and suffered great destruction and death.

If you ask the winner, the Kalush Orchestra, there is no doubt. In several interviews prior to Eurovision 2022, they have been asked the same question whether Eurovision 2023 can be held in Ukraine, and each time they have replied:

– If we win, the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in Ukraine. It will be a new, integrated, well-developed and thriving Ukraine.

Of course, this requires that the war in Ukraine ends quickly and that Ukraine can host this mega event next year and meet the requirements in terms of capacity, economy, logistics and security.

Ukraine won Eurovision in 2016 (Jamala – “1944”), and held Eurovision 2017 in Kiev. Here the competition was held at the Kiev International Exhibition Center.

Will Eurovision 2023 be held in another country?

In the event that Ukraine has not expelled Russia from the country and the war continues, or Ukraine is simply unable to host Eurovision next year, either due to devastation, economy or security, then the contest must be held in another country. in Europe.

The same would actually have been the case if Australia won Eurovision.

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