Ukraine’s 2022 winners, Kalush Orchestra, with their trophy (Picture: MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP via Getty Images)
It’s looking more and more likely that the United Kingdom will be hosting the 2023 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The EBU then followed up that announcement with confirmation that they have opened talks with the BBC about hosting next year’s contest in the UK.
UK entry Sam Ryder finished as the runner-up at this year’s event with his song Spaceman, behind Ukraine’s winning entry, Stefania by the Kalush Orchestra.
However, due to the tragic situation in Ukraine, the EBU expressed ‘deep regret’ that the country’s broadcasters could not guarantee the event’s security.
Naturally, attention turned to Rylan (Picture: BBC)
It means that the honour of hosting the competition is now increasingly likely to be awarded to the UK.
TV and radio personality Rylan Clark-Neal, tipped by many to host the UK coverage in 2023, tweeted a Union Jack flag emoji in response to the news.
And it’s not just Rylan who has something to say about the news, with fans of the competition greeting the announcement with their reactions.
Sam Ryder won the jury vote for the UK this year but finished runner-up overall (Picture: Jessica Gow/TT/REX/Shutterstock)
First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon gave her reaction, saying that she could think of no better host city than Glasgow.
And all over social media, people have been sharing their excitement and joy, while also arguing over which UK city should host the competition.
Scottish actor and writer Louise Stewart suggested to the BBC Press Office that they should ‘Do it in Glasgow!’
Fans of the Song Contest were, of course, posting that famous scene from US version of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s The Office.
Another fan said: ‘Eurovision 2023 in the UK? I must be dreaming!’
But some fans of the competition understandably spared a thought for this year’s deserving winners, who are only unable to host in 2023 because of Russia’s ongoing invasion in their country.
Others described it as ‘heart-breaking’ that Ukraine would be unable to host this year, while some suggested that the Eurovision hall be decked with Ukrainian flags and that the TV coverage should be presented by Ukrainian hosts.
Regardless of what shape the show eventually takes, there will months of anticipation and desperate scrambles for tickets to see if the UK can go one better and win the competition in 2023.
Eurovision Song Contest returns to BBC One in 2023.
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