Traditionally, the country that wins Eurovision then hosts the following year’s event.
But Ukraine, which won the 2022 contest, has been ruled out from hosting by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). The EBU is the body that organises the contest.
The EBU announced on 17 June that “safety and security issues” arising from the Russian invasion of Ukraine meant it would not be possible for the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine to host Eurovision 2023.
As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runner-up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.
Assuming that an agreement is reached between the EBU and the BBC - and it would be surprising if that did not happen - the next question is which city in the UK will host the event. The obvious choice is London, but it may be politically expedient to choose one of the regional centres. The BBC has large operations in places such as Manchester, Cardiff, and Glasgow.