Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra Won last month
With their “Stefania” track, the annual event is surfing a wave of goodwill from European nations for the country’s third victory.
The competition was the first major cultural event in Ukraine Russia invaded the country in February
And many in the audience waved the blue and yellow national flags of Ukraine in the evening.
Traditionally, it will be Ukraine’s job to win the upcoming song contest. However, the EBU said that after a “thorough assessment and feasibility study” it had concluded that hosting Ukraine would not be possible due to the ongoing war.
Addressing the conflict in Ukraine, EBU said: “The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world, with thousands of people working, and attending, to prepare for the event and 12 months of preparation.
“After an objective analysis, the reference group, the ESC’s governing body, has sadly concluded that, given the current situation, ESC regulations do not guarantee the broadcaster the necessary security and operational guarantees for organizing, organizing and producing the Eurovision Song Contest. UA: Completed by PBC. Will be. ”
EBU also revealed that it will now “start discussions with the BBC” to host next year’s competition, as UK lawmaker Sam Ryder is in second place.
“In accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the program, EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC as the runner-up of this year’s 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.”
The BBC issued a statement on the announcement, telling CNN on Friday: “We have seen the announcement from EBU. Obviously no one wants this situation. Following their decision, we will definitely discuss. The BBC is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”
The news came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky expressed confidence that his country would host the event.
“Next year Ukraine will host Eurovision! For the third time in its history. And, I believe, not the last. We will do our best to one day host Eurovision participants and guests at the Ukrainian Mariupol. Free, peaceful, reconstructed!” He said in an Instagram post.