Organizers stand by their decision to hold the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK – Deadline
Despite an emotional plea from Ukraine’s political leaders and backing from the British government, next year’s Eurovision Song Contest is unlikely to take place in the beleaguered European country.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has doubled down on its decision to move next year’s competition from its traditional venue in the country of the previous winner, and to have it instead take place in the country of the runner-up. i.e. the UK.
This announcement last week was greeted with anguish by Ukrainian politicians who called for negotiations to continue. Leading British politicians, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, added their backing to the belief that the competition should take place in the winning country.
Now the EBU says it “understands the disappointment” but has other responsibilities in assigning the venue to a country where the infrastructure for the huge event is more stable.
In a statement, he said: “The decision was guided by the EBU’s responsibility to ensure that the conditions are in place to guarantee the safety and security of all those working and attending the event, including planning must begin immediately in the host country,” the broadcaster said in a statement.
“At least 10,000 people are usually accredited to work on or at the Eurovision Song Contest, including crew, staff and journalists. A further 30,000 fans are expected to travel to the event from around the world. -being is our main concern.
“It is therefore essential that decisions made regarding such a complex live television event are made by broadcast professionals and do not become politicized.”
The EBU also noted that no other major international concert tours are planned in Ukraine throughout 2023.
This year’s Ukrainian winners, the Kalush Orchestra, will perform at the famous Glastonbury Music Festival in the UK this weekend.