Ukraine has formed an organising committee to host Eurovision 2023 in the country next year.
The country that counts Ruslana, Jamala and Kalush Orchestra as its Eurovision winners started its song contest preparations on 10 June. This was almost a month after Kalush Orchestra proved victorious in Turin with their song “Stefania”. The rap folk fusion gained a total of 631 points, including a record-breaking 439 points from the televoting public. This is what you call a landslide.
In a Telegram message on June 10, Taras Melnychuk, the Permanent Representative of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine to the parliament of Ukraine, announced that an organising committee for Eurovision 2023 had been formed and approved.
The composition and size of the organising committee remains under wraps for now, but is expected to be revealed at a later stage.
Earlier, Ukraine’s Minister of Culture and Information Oleksandr Tkachenko said that he is confident that the country will host Eurovision 2023. Speaking at the Ukraine Media Centre, he said:
“We have no doubt that it should take place in Ukraine. The only thing is that no one has held Eurovision during the war… We are now looking for answers with colleagues to the most important conditions set by the EBU, but I think we will have to explain that some conditions need to be changed.”
After winning the contest in May, Ukraine won the right to host the following Eurovision. The country recently hosted the contest in the capital Kyiv in 2017, but matters have obviously been complicated by Russia’s ongoing war.
EBU Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl officially offered the right to host to Ukraine’s head of delegation Oksana Skybinska during the winner’s press conference back in May. There, he added that the broadcaster could always come to the EBU in case they had questions.
Since then, Suspilne CEO Mykola Chernotytskyi has added that the broadcaster has the full intention to host the next edition of the contest.