An interesting development has occurred in the search for where Eurovision 2023 will be held, amidst ongoing concerns that Ukraine may be unable to host the song contest next year. Due to the continued war in Ukraine, it is possible that the country will be unable to host – in which case, a number of countries have volunteered to host in their stead.

According to José Manuel Pérez Tornero, President of Spanish broadcaster RTVE, Spain is no longer being considered as a potential host for 2023. Instead, Tornero believes that the United Kingdom will welcome the contest in the event that Ukraine cannot.

In conversation with the Spanish newspaper Faro de Vigo, Tornero remarked: “We were […] interested in organizing the Eurovision 2023 contest, but if Ukraine resigns, the BBC will organize it.”

The United Kingdom has been much-rumored as a likely back-up host, due to Sam Ryder’s second place finish in Turin, as well as media noticing interesting scheduling choices surrounding Glasgow’s OVO Hydro Arena. Currently, this remains only rumour; however, Mr. Tornero’s comments have certainly made the possibility seem more likely.

Other countries remain in contention to host the contest if Ukraine withdraws as host: these being Sweden, Poland, the Netherlands, Italy and Iceland.

As of now, Ukraine remains the host of Eurovision 2023. Mr. Tornero’s comments remain unofficial – the EBU has not yet made any announcements regarding possible back-up hosts. The EBU has begun talks with Ukraine’s broadcaster, UA:PBC, to discuss the organisation of the contest.

Would #YOU be interested in the United Kingdom Hosting Eurovision 2023 if Ukraine Cannot Host? Where do #YOU think the contest will be held? Let us know down below in the comments, on our forum HERE or on social media, @ESCUnited!

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