Could Eurovision be coming to UK next year?

6/18/2022 9:00:00 PM

Talks are said to be underway 🤞

Talks are said to be underway 🤞

If the UK does host the contest in 2023, it would be the ninth time it has taken place here – more than any other country.

18 June 2022 Julia Brigui UK Eurovision entry 2022, Sam Ryder, performs during the Platinum Party at Buckingham Palace IMAGE: Yui Mok/PA Wire Talks are said to be underway between the organiser of the Eurovision Song Contest and the BBC to “potentially host” the 2023 event, after concluding next year’s contest cannot be held in Ukraine., the host broadcaster usually makes a contribution of between €10 and €20 million, depending on local circumstances and available resources.The song contest was staged in Turin this May Glasgow said she wished Eurovision could be in Ukraine, but "understands that in [the] circumstances this isn't possible".- more than any other country.

The Ukrainian entry of Kalush Orchestra won the competition in Turin, Italy this year and it is traditional that the winning country hosts the event the following year.However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said that following a “full assessment and feasibility study” it had concluded the “security and operational guarantees” required to host the event cannot be fulfilled by Ukraine’s public broadcaster UA:PBC.Broadcasters who air the Contest in their respective countries also contribute a combined total of €6.The UK has hosted the contest in London four times (1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977), and once in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).It would be fitting in some ways after the OVO Hydro was used for the exterior of the venue in Will Ferrell's 2020 Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.Which city could host the 2023 contest? The OVO Hydro arena in Glasgow is rumoured to be the favourite spot to host the contest for the UK, and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has thrown the country’s hat into the ring, saying her Government is “happy to discuss with the BBC”.The UK already spends more on Eurovision than most participants as it is part of the so-called ‘Big Five’ countries alongside France, Germany, Italy and Spain.It is the largest entertainment venue in Scotland with a maximum capacity of 14,300 and it currently has a mostly clear schedule in May when the competition is typically held.Israel was the last country that declined to host, in 1980, having also won the year before.

London’s O2 Arena is another strong contender as the largest indoor arena in the capital.So, what has the UK government said? Downing Street has said it would “welcome” next year’s Eurovision being hosted in the UK.The city will have two concert arenas some time next year, when the 23,500-capacity Co-Op Live arena opens, overtaking the city's existing 21,000-capacity AO Arena as the biggest indoor venue in the UK.The 20,000-person capacity venue has hosted some of the biggest stars in the world, including Adele, Queen + Adam Lambert, Billie Eilish, The Rolling Stones and the Brit Awards.The OVO Wembley Arena could also be in contention as the second-largest in London, with a capacity of 12,500.“We would welcome the opportunity to work with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here in the UK,” the spokesperson said.A return to Brighton could also be a nice homage to when Brighton Dome hosted the event in 1974, with ABBA winning the contest after famously performing Waterloo.Undeterred, the city is ploughing on with staging a year of culture anyway.Venues within major UK cities such as Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle could also be considered in line with the Government’s “levelling up” plan.10 added if the contest was held in Britain it would want it to reflect the “rich culture, heritage and creativity” of Ukraine.This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts.

A spokesperson for Downing Street has said that if the competition was to be held in the UK, they would be “committed to ensuring it overwhelmingly reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage and creativity, as well as building on the ongoing partnership between our two countries.” How much would hosting it cost? Hosting Eurovision can be expensive.The UK hosted the Contest for the Netherlands in 1960, for France in 1963, and for Monaco in 1972, and for Luxembourg in 1974.Birmingham Peter Bischoff Image caption, Dana International won the last time Eurovision was held in the UK, in Birmingham in 1998 This was the last place to host Eurovision in the UK, in 1998.Azerbaijan spent a reported £48 million on hosting the event in 2012 and Hungary withdrew from simply competing in the 2010 contest in part due to the global financial crisis.It is not clear whether the BBC would have to pay for the contest from its current licence fee allocation or would be given further money.When was the last time the UK hosted Eurovision? Th UK last hosted Eurovision in 1998 after winning the contest with Katrina and the Waves’ Love Shine A Light a year prior.The UK already spends more on Eurovision than most participants.A statement for Birmingham City Council said it was "always open to exploring further opportunities to showcase Birmingham on the international stage".Eurovision win brings Ukraine 'incredible happiness' "Ukraine's victory.

It is part of the so-called big five alongside France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who each get a free pass through to the grand final because of their financial contributions.The UK was also one of four joint winners in 1969, but did not host the 1970 event after a ballot selected the Netherlands to do so.Could Ukraine host in 2024? The decision not to host the contest in Ukraine in 2023 could pose an issue for the EBU as it is traditional for the winning country to host it the following year.If the UK were to hold the event next year, it could put the 2023 winners in a difficult situation over whether they get the opportunity to host in 2024 or forfeit to allow Ukraine their turn.Where has Eurovision been held in the UK before? In 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977, London was the host city.She told BBC Radio Merseyside it was "a tragic situation for Ukraine", but said she was already thinking about ways the city could be "putting our arms around Ukraine and and those people who are suffering absolutely terribly and doing it for them in this place".As the invasion of Russia remains ongoing it is uncertain what the situation may be in Ukraine in years to come.However, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has previously vowed to one day host the Eurovision Song Contest in the embattled city of Mariupol.Most recently, the Contest was held in Birmingham in 1998." They added the government was also committed to "building on the ongoing partnership between our two countries".

Ukraine has hosted the contest twice in its capital Kyiv, once at the Palace of Sports in 2005 and later at the International Exhibition Centre in 2017.The 15,000-capacity P&J Live is "Scotland's largest event complex", which hosted the BBC Sports Personality of the Year ceremony in 2019, they noted.Will the UK hosting it cause friction with Spain? Spain could argue they were the true runners-up at the 2022 contest, and therefore first in line to host next year.Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: “Londoners would welcome Eurovision with open arms.The UK’s second-place standing was thrown into doubt after the grand final when it emerged organisers had replaced six countries’ jury results with aggregate scores after noting “irregular voting patterns”.Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino had their results substituted by the EBU.” Advertisement Londoners would welcome Eurovision with open arms.And London has by far the biggest Ukrainian population in the UK.Some of those countries have since claimed second place and would have instead gone to Spain’s SloMo performed by Chanel.Bev Craig, the leader of Manchester City Council, also threw the city's hat in the ring, saying : "Not the circumstances that anyone would want given the war in Ukraine.

Downing Street welcomed the possibility of the UK hosting Eurovision if Ukraine cannot..A No 10 spokesman said: “Ukraine’s victory in the Eurovision song contest was richly deserved and as the rightful winner the Government’s firm wish has been to see next year’s contest hosted there."We will now approach the European Broadcasting Union and the BBC to formally express our interest.“If the EBU decides the competition can’t go ahead in Ukraine we would of course welcome the opportunity to work closely with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here in the UK.“But we would be committed to ensuring it overwhelmingly reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage and creativity, as well as building on the ongoing partnership between our two countries.” Get all the latest news, updates, things to do and more from your local." Liverpool, Cardiff, Aberdeen, Brighton, Belfast and Birmingham have also all been suggested as possibilities.

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