The United Kingdom delegation at Eurovision have surprised fans by announcing the first meeting for 2023 has taken place today, prompting speculation about what the meeting entailed.
Rather than being billed as a debrief from 2022, Lee Smithurst – a BBC Series Producer and one of the senior members of the UK delegation – teased that the first meetings for the UK’s plans in 2023 took place at the BBC headquarters, sharing the news with his Instagram followers.
The news has started speculation among British Eurovision fans about the meeting’s content, including planning ahead for the next artist and possible preparations to submit a hosting bid for the 2023 contest, with speculation rife about the location of next year’s contest. Despite Ukraine’s preparations for hosting the contest beginning a few weeks ago, there is feeling that the contest may end up being collaboratively hosted in another European country due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Either way, it is unusually early for the UK delegation to convene, so it seems that the BBC are not resting on their laurels from their second place finish in Turin last month!
The UK earned their best result since 1998 with Sam Ryder’s “Space Man”, finishing second behind Ukraine and earning 466 points. The Big 5 nation also won the jury vote at the contest, ahead of second placed Sweden.
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