No.10 ‘Welcome’ Chance For UK To Host Eurovision 2023

Downing Street has said it would “welcome” next year’s Eurovision Song Contest being hosted in the UK.

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.

But the EBU has stated that following a “full assessment and feasibility study” they have concluded that the “security and operational guarantees” required to host the event cannot be fulfilled.

Boris Johnson’s spokesperson said Ukraine’s victory was “richly deserved” and the government’s “overwhelming wish” was for the contest could be held there.

“We would welcome the opportunity to work with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here in the UK,” the spokesperson said.

No.10 added if the contest was held in Britain it would want it to reflect the “rich culture, heritage and creativity” of Ukraine.

The EBU said: “It is our full intention that Ukraine’s win will be reflected in next year’s shows. This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts.”

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