Eurovision 2023 is set to be hosted by the UK for the first time since 1998 | The Sun
THE Eurovision Song Contest could be hosted by the UK next year – and the news has gone down very well with fans.
The organisers of the event have said it is in talks with the BBC to "potentially host" the 2023 event, because Ukraine is unable to due to the ongoing war.
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.
If the UK does host the contest in 2023, it would be the ninth time it has taken place here – more than any other country.
Fans rushed to Twitter to express their excitement about the competition happening here – with the OVO Hydro arena in Glasgow rumoured to be in the running to play stage.
The BBC have been a little more cautious about the announcement and said in a statement: "We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren't a set of circumstances that anyone would want.
"Following their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest."
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In a statement posted online, the EBU thanked the UA:PBC for its "wholehearted cooperation and commitment in exploring all scenarios" but shared its "sadness and disappointment" that the contest cannot be held in the war-torn country.
"The EBU has been supporting UA:PBC across a whole range of areas since the invasion. We will ensure that this support continues so UA:PBC can maintain the indispensable service they provide to Ukrainians," it said.
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"As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year's runner-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.
"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."
The UK's Sam Ryder topped the jury vote in Turin but Kalush Orchestra went on to win overall after a symbolic show of public support which saw them soar to first place with 631 points.
They had been the frontrunners since Russia's invasion of Ukraine in February – which prompted organisers to ban the Russian entrant from competing.
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