What the winners said ?
The Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine claimed first place in the Eurovision Song Contest last month. “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed,” the orchestra’s winning song, “Stefania,” alluded to the country’s strife, with lyrics like “I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed.”
Ukrain’s not eligible this time to host as of war
The previous year’s winner has the privilege of hosting the Eurovision song contest, however, Ukraine does not match the essential requirements to plan and produce the event, according to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
The Eurovision Song Event remarked, “The EBU… share their grief and disappointment that next year’s contest cannot be hosted in Ukraine.” “We fully want for Ukraine’s victory to be reflected in next year’s shows.”
The prolonged conflict in Ukraine has wreaked havoc on the lives of the country’s 41 million citizens. The conflict has been going on since February, with the Donbas region of Ukraine being a primary target for Russian strikes.
What was Ukraine’s reaction?
Tkachenko Oleksandr, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture, stated that his country does not agree with the decision.
“Ukraine does not agree with the nature of such a decision — when faced with the facts without discussion of other options,” Tkachenko said in a statement. “However, we are convinced that we have every reason to continue negotiating in order to reach a consensual solution that is acceptable to all parties.”
“Hosting Eurovision-2023 in Ukraine sends a strong message to the entire globe that Ukraine is now supported,” the statement continued.
The United Kingdom has been chosen next to host the Eurovision song contest for 2023
Instead, the EBU is looking to host the tournament in the United Kingdom, which came in second place in a competition with a television audience of over 200 million people.
According to the AFP news agency, the office of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson welcomed the possibility. If chosen, the BBC, the country’s national broadcaster, has pledged to make the event a collaborative effort between the two countries.
“We will be dedicated to ensuring that it overwhelmingly reflects Ukraine’s rich culture, heritage, and innovation, as well as building on our ongoing cooperation,” a Johnson representative said.
The Eurovision Song Contest is a mammoth task. The event takes a year to plan and can cost the host broadcaster anywhere from €10 million to €20 million (approximately $10.5 million to $21 million).