אוקראינה להקת קאלוש אורקסטה חוגגת ניצחון ב אירוויזיון ב טורינו
Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra wins 2022 Eurovision
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Britain's Sam Ryder at 2022 Eurovision

Britain to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest on Ukraine's behalf

European Broadcasting Union says safety and security reasons, which stem from ongoing war in Ukraine, mean runners-up UK were invited to host; Britain's entry in this year's contest came behind Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra

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Published: 07.25.22, 15:04
Britain will host next year's Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of winners Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict there, the competition's organizers said on Monday.
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  • While decades-long tradition dictates that the winner of the contest gets to host it the following year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) had said safety and security reasons meant runners-up Britain were instead invited to host.
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    Britain's Sam Ryder at 2022 Eurovision
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    The BBC will now stage the event, which normally draws a television audience of close to 200 million and was last held in Britain in 1998. Ukraine will automatically qualify to the grand final of the competition, the EBU said.
    "It is a matter of great regret that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine are not able to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest," BBC Director-General Tim Davie said in a statement.
    "The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture alongside showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity."
    British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last month he believed Ukraine could and should host the 2023 competition. Johnson said on Twitter he had agreed last week with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that "wherever Eurovision 2023 is held, it must celebrate the country and people of Ukraine."
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    אוקראינה להקת קאלוש אורקסטה חוגגת ניצחון ב אירוויזיון ב טורינו
    אוקראינה להקת קאלוש אורקסטה חוגגת ניצחון ב אירוויזיון ב טורינו
    Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra wins 2022 Eurovision
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    "As we are now hosts, the UK will honor that pledge directly - and put on a fantastic contest on behalf of our Ukrainian friends," Johnson, who has been a vocal supporter of Ukraine, added.
    Britain's Sam Ryder came second behind Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra, which rode a wave of public support to claim an emotional victory, in this year's Eurovision contest in Italy in May.
    The BBC said it would now begin the process of finding a city to host the event.
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