Boris Johnson has insisted thenextEurovision to be held in Ukraine.
Boris believes that despite the country's ongoing conflict with Vladimir Putin's Russia, Ukraine should be given the opportunity to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.
The Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) is an annual songwriting competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) with mostly European contestants.
Eurovision Winner Ukraine
Each participating country submits an original song to be performed on live TV and radio and aired via the EBU's Eurovision and Euroradio networks. Competing countries vote for each other's songs to pick a winner.
Eurovision has been held yearly since 1956 (excluding 2020), making it the longest-running annual international televised song competition and one of the world's longest-running television programs.
52 countries have competed at least once as active or invited associate EBU members as of 2022. Each station contributes one original song of three minutes or less to be performed live by a 16-year-old singer or ensemble.
Returning from a surprise visit to Kyiv, the prime minister declared that the Ukrainians had won the 2022 contest "fair and square," and he proposed that the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) reconsider its recommendation that the contest be held elsewhere next year.
Boris Johnson giving out a speech
The EBU announced on Friday that it has begun "discussions" with the BBC about hosting the annual competition in the UK after finding that Ukraine would be unable to meet "security and operational guarantees."
Mr. Johnson said on Saturday at RAF Brize Norton that despite the significant conflict in Ukraine's eastern regions, the music competition should be able to take place.
"I've just returned from Kyiv." It's not fully jiving, buzzing, and popping, but it's a lot more energetic. "People are a lot more confident," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told reporters.
According to a statement issued on Friday, the EBU performed a feasibility study and thorough assessment with the Ukrainian broadcaster, the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), Ukraine and its broadcaster could not be fulfilled owing to neighboring Russia's invasion of the nation.
"Given the ongoing hostilities since Russia's invasion of this year's winning country," the EBU stated on the Contest's website, "the EBU has taken the opportunity to do a complete assessment and feasibility study with both UA:PBC and third-party specialists, especially on safety and security considerations."
Following objective analysis, the ESC's governing board, the Reference Group, has concluded, with great regret, that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize, and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC Rules cannot be met by UA:PBC.
The EBU thanked Ukrainian broadcasters while also expressing regret that they will not host next year.
Prior to the 2022 edition, Ukraine has entered the Eurovision Song Contest sixteen times since its debut submission in 2003, winning the following year with Ruslana's song "Wild Dances."
According to the Principality Stadium, hosting the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 would be the "cherry on top" of 20 years of hosting massive events.
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Mr. Johnson also told reporters on Saturday that he was concerned that, with Russia's incursion now in its fifth month, "fatigue" was setting in around the world. According to him the Russians are moving forward inch by inch, and it's critical for us to demonstrate what we already know, Ukraine can and will triumph.