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UK to Host Eurovision 2023 on Behalf of Ukraine

Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine

Kalush Orchestra of Ukraine

Photographer: Giorgio Perottino/Getty Images

The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted by the UK, as the war in Ukraine prevents the reigning champions from holding the competition.

Eurovision 2022, held in Italy, attracted 161 million views, according to its website. Ukrainian entrants Kalush Orchestra performed the winning song ‘Stefania’. Normally, the winners of one year host the following year’s contest. This has been decided against for the 2023 edition, in the context of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.