Johnson: Song Contest 2023 should be held in Ukraine

The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken out in favor of holding the next Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) in the Ukraine. “The fact is, they won it and they deserve to have it,” Johnson said in an interview on Saturday.

“One Year Time”

During a short-term visit to Kyiv on Friday, he saw for himself that the city was already much busier than it was a few weeks ago, said the conservative politician. “Kyiv or another safe Ukrainian city would be a fantastic venue,” Johnson said, adding: “It’s a year away, a year! It’ll be okay.”

In mid-May, the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra won the 66th ESC in Turin with the song “Stefania”. This was the third time that the Ukrainians had won the right to host next year, having already hosted in 2005 and 2017.

However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced on Friday that it would start talks with the BBC in the UK about the event because of security concerns related to Russia’s nearly four-month war in Ukraine. Briton Sam Ryder had finished second in Turin.

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