The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held in Great Britain next year, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and BBC confirmed.

The EBU said in a statement that it will be held on behalf of this year’s winning broadcaster, Ukraine’s UA:PBC.

Statement by the Director General of the BBC Tim Davey said: “It is a great pity that our colleagues and friends in Ukraine cannot host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.”

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“It’s a great privilege to be asked to host the biggest and most challenging music competition in the world.

“The BBC is committed to making the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture while showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.

“The BBC will now begin the search for a host city to partner with us in delivering one of the UK’s most exciting events in 2023.”

After it was announced that the UK would host Eurovision in 2023, the Culture Secretary Nadine Doris said: “The Eurovision Song Contest unites people through the power of music and creativity.

“Following a request from the European Broadcasting Union and the Ukrainian authorities, I am delighted that the BBC has agreed to step in and host the competition next year.

“I’m just sorry that due to continuous bloodshed on the part of Russia, it was not possible to hold the event in Ukraine, where it should be.

“As host, the UK will respect the spirit and diversity of the contest and, most importantly, ensure that it reflects Ukraine’s recent Eurovision win and Ukrainian creativity.”

Bids for the host city will begin this week in a process to be managed by the BBC in conjunction with the EBU.

Great Britain finished second at Eurovision 2022 with chart-topper Sam Ryder performing his hit ‘Space Man’.

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