Which country will host Eurovision 2023? | The Sun

Which country will host Eurovision 2023? | The Sun

EUROVISION has a long tradition of the winning country hosting the the next year but this isn't always possible.

Europe voted and in 2022 Ukraine won Eurovision with a massive surge of public votes, but the Russian War means they cannot host.

Where will Eurovision 2023 be held?

In a dramatic change during the public vote, Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra swept up the left side of the Eurovision leaderboard.

They secured their victory with over 400 points from the public for their song Stefania.

This meant, as is tradition, Ukraine would be hosting Eurovision 2023, but because of Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, this is not be possible.

As runner-up and a member of the 'big five', the UK has stepped up to host the competition for the first time in 24 years.

Despite Ukraine's hopes to rebuild before the competition the decision was made to allow the UK to take over the hosting.

Boris Johnson said: "Last week President Zelensky and I agreed that wherever Eurovision 2023 is held, it must celebrate the country and people of Ukraine.

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"As we are now hosts, the UK will honour that pledge directly – and put on a fantastic contest on behalf of our Ukrainian friends."

The BBC will host the show and a city is yet to be announced, although it will need to meet certain criteria in order to hold the competition.

Firstly, the city needs space for up to 10,000 spectators at the venue as well as accommodate around 2,000 competitors, delegates, journalists and fans.

It also needs an easily accessible international airport and a variety of hotels and accommodation in the area.

When is Eurovision 2023?

Eurovision 2023 will be held in the May of 2023, although an official date has not yet been confirmed.

The final is usually held on a Saturday, with the semi-finals airing at some point in the week preceding.

The song contest is traditionally held in May and has been since 1995.

Before this, the show would be held anywhere between March and May.

The very first Eurovision Song Contest final was held on May 24, 1956.

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Why is the UK hosting Eurovision 2023?

The war in Ukraine means that the European Broadcasting Union and the Ukrainian authorities decided that the competition could not go ahead in the winning country.

From the time the 2022 winner was announced, many countries came forward to offer their hosting abilities to Ukraine, including Spain and the Netherlands.

For the first time in over 20 years, the UK came second in Eurovision, making them the natural choice for replacement hosts.

Sam Ryder broke a two-decade long losing streak, solidifying his place with Eurovision icons like Bucks Fizz and Sonia.

As a member of the big five and the runner up in the competition, it was suggested from the start that the UK aid Ukraine in hosting.

This is not the first time that the UK has acted as a replacement host in fact it will be the fifth occasion.

Ukrainian entry Oleh Psiuk said during the 2022 competition: “Well, yes, it’s true that UK supports us a lot.

"The huge gratitude to the UK, of course, from all of the residents of this country to you.

“Lots of Ukrainians are expressing a very huge gratitude to your country as well.”

In Eurovision's history, there have been several instances where a previous year’s winner didn't host the contest.

The last time this happened was in 1980 when the Netherlands stepped in after Israel declined to host for the second year in a row.

Which city hosted Eurovision 2022?

Eurovision 2021 saw Italy, represented by rock band Maneskin, secure their first victory for more than thirty years – making Italy the host of the 2022 contest.

This meant the competition took place in the Northern Italian city of Turin in 2022.

Turin, which is located in the northern region of Piedmont (not far from the border with France), is overlooked by the Alps.

It was the third time Italy held the Eurovision competition – having played host twice before in 1965 and 1991.

It's the first time the competition had been held in Turin.

In 2021, Eurovision arrived in Rotterdam in The Netherlands after a year's hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Who were the other frontrunners to host Eurovision 2022?

Rock band Maneskin snatched victory with their song Zitti e Buoni, which won them an impressive 524 points – but France wasn't too far behind.

Represented by Barbara Pravi, a singer-songwriter, who sang 'Voila', France came in a close second with 499 points.

Taking bronze was Switzerland, who finished with 432 points.

The UK wasn't nearly as successful, however – in fact, James Newman's Embers failed to win a single point for the nation.

It was the second time the UK dramatically flopped at the contest having also come dead last in 2019.

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The 2023 contest will be shown live on BBC One, with commentary usually provided by comedian and commentator Graham Norton.

Clips of the performances will also be uploaded to Eurovision's officialYouTube channel, meaning fans can relive their favourite acts whenever they like.

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