Kalush Orchestra, a Ukrainian rap act, gave an enormous morale increase final month to its war-torn nation by cruising to victory on the Eurovision Song Contest — the world’s most watched and glitziest music contest.
That win, with the music “Stefania,” meant that Ukraine additionally gained the best to stage the subsequent contest, scheduled for May 2023. But Eurovision’s organizers introduced on Friday that may not be attainable.
The organizers, the European Broadcasting Union, stated in a information launch that it had concluded “with deep regret” that Russia’s persevering with invasion of Ukraine meant that Ukraine couldn’t present “the security and operational guarantees” wanted to host the occasion, which sees musicians representing international locations from throughout Europe compete in opposition to one another for factors.
The European Broadcasting Union stated it will as an alternative begin discussions with the BBC about internet hosting the occasion in Britain as a result of Britain’s Sam Ryder got here second in final month’s contest.
The BBC confirmed in an emailed assertion that it will enter these discussions. “Clearly,” it stated, “these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want.”
Wherever the occasion is staged, Kalush Orchestra is more likely to function. “It is our full intention that Ukraine’s win will be reflected in next year’s shows,” the European Broadcasting Union stated. “This will be a priority for us in our discussions with the eventual hosts,” it added.
Kalush Orchestra didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Ukraine has held the twice occasion earlier than, most just lately in 2017.