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  • Writer's pictureDale Roberts

United Kingdom will host Eurovision 2023 - host city bidding process to begin this week

This evening the EBU announced the United Kingdom will host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.

The host city bidding process will begin this week with many cities already expressing interest.

Ukraine was unable to host the event due to the ongoing conflict with Russia.

The Ukraine's broadcaster UA: PBC will work with the BBC to develop Ukrainian elements of the show.

Ukraine, as the winning country of the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, will also automatically qualify for the Grand Final.

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board of UA:PBC, said:

“The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will not be in Ukraine but in support of Ukraine. We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to add Ukrainian spirit to this event and once again unite the whole of Europe around our common values of peace, support, celebrating diversity and talent.”

A unique logo to reflect the unique situation is to be also be developed.

Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor, said the EBU were "exceptionally grateful" for the BBC stepping in to host the Contest.

“The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event,” he said.

More details on the bidding process and the dates of the 2023 show are expected in due course.

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