Boys do cry…and Switzerland may host Eurovision 2023?
In an interview with Swiss website blick.ch, Yves Schifferle, Swiss Head of Delegation, says the central European nation hasn’t ruled out the possibility of hosting in the event Ukraine isn’t able to. The news site says formal discussions have not started, so there’s no sense of which city might get the honour if it came to it.
Will Switzerland host Eurovision 2023?
Ever since Ukraine climbed up the odds table ahead of Eurovision 2022, people have been wondering if Ukraine could host the next edition of the song contest amid Russia’s ongoing war. Those discussions heated up after Kalush Orchestra won this year’s edition in Turin — and with a landslide victory in the public vote.
A large portion of fans seem to think it’s finally the UK’s turn to host Eurovision again after they placed second at the contest and rumours about Glasgow 2023 are already swirling. But the Brits are not the only ones with their name in the air. Spain, Sweden and now even Switzerland – who came 17th at this year’s contest – are stating they’d be open to hosting instead of Ukraine or in cooperation with them.
Swiss HoD Yves Schifferle told Blick:
“Of course we are concerned about travelling to a country without really knowing how the situation will look a year from now. I’m sure the European Broadcasting Union will assess exactly how safe it would be to host the competition in Ukraine and, if so, what the requirements will be.“
Schifferle doesn’t rule out the Swiss hosting the contest.
“If there were a query by the EBU, we would look at whether Switzerland is the right place to host the event. At the moment there aren’t talks about it.“
The interview also states that the EBU will make an announcement in the coming months about the host country for 2023. This summer we will know more about next year’s contest and if Ukraine is able to host Eurovision given the current situation, according to Mr Schifferle.
Switzerland came 17th this year with Marius Bear’s jazz ballad “Boys Do Cry”. Despite being staged beautifully — with cinematic projections and emotional graphics — the performance failed to earn a single point from the public. Even so, Marius achieved Switzerland’s third straight qualification following Luca Hänni (fourth place) and Gjon’s Tears (third place).
Can you imagine Switzerland hosting Eurovision 2023? If so, which city gets your vote? If not, which country would you like to travel to next May instead? Let us know in the comments below.