Sam Ryder SPACE MAN UK Eurovision 2022
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If Ukraine doesn’t host Eurovision 2023, then the United Kingdom will. That’s according to José Manuel Pérez Tornero, the president of Spain’s state broadcaster RTVE.

Speaking to Spanish newspaper Faro de Vigo, Pérez Tornero said:

We don’t want to be left with the mirage of a good result. We are going to go out to win next time. We were also interested in organising [Eurovision 2023]. But if Ukraine resigns, it will be the BBC that organizes it.”

Spain’s decision also stems from the broadcaster’s role in the Hispavisión Song Contest — a Eurovision for Latin America that’s being held in Cartagena de Indias, in Colombia, in 2023.

The BBC has not commented on the matter. The EBU remains in talks with Ukraine’s state broadcaster UA:PBC following their win in Turin. 

The BBC will host Eurovision 2023 if Ukraine doesn’t

The comments from Spain’s TV boss come following weeks of rumours that the United Kingdom is the front-runner to host the event if Ukraine can’t. Brit Sam Ryder finished second at the contest in May — topping the jury vote — and the country has plenty of infrastructure to put on a fantastic show.

As we previously reported, eagle-eyed music fans in the U.K. have noticed that the OVO Hydro in Glasgow has events listed for next spring and summer — with the glaring omission of May, when Eurovision normally takes place. We see that it will host the Magic Mike arena tour on 25 April and Ozzy Osbourne: No More Tours 2 on 4 June.

Holding the contest outside of London would fit nicely with the BBC’s goal to reflect and serve communities all over the country – not just those in metropolitan London. Showcasing all of the country has been a huge talking point internally and among politicians, who frequently criticise the BBC for being London-centric.  

Ukraine, however, is keeping its eyes on the prize. Earlier this week a top-level politician confirmed that the country had created an organising committee to start working on its plans. 

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.”

There is a widespread concern among fans that Russia’s ongoing war will make it extremely difficult if not impossible for Ukraine to host the contest in the country next year. .

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TJCat
TJCat
16 days ago

EBU just released a statement.
Sadly it won’t be in the UKraine
In discussions now with the BBC

Me Me
Me Me
16 days ago

EBU knew from the moment ESC was over that next year it will not be held in Ukraine and that it will be held in the UK. So stop playing cat and mouse game and make an announcement already .

Me Me
Me Me
16 days ago
Reply to  Me Me

Why do you think Robbie Williams put himslf an interval act for next year? He wouldn’t be doing that if Ukraine was hosting.

TJCat
TJCat
16 days ago
Reply to  Me Me

I don’t think we can really say he put himself forward with any seriousness. He was asked in an interview if he would ever do Eurovision and he replied he would as an interval act (rather than as the UK entry)
So while it’s only subtly different, it may have been a polite way of saying he wouldn’t “enter”

Björn
Björn
17 days ago

Tbh the statement by the RTVE president makes me believe the EBU have already made a decision, they are just waiting a bit longer before making it public for PR reasons.

Green
Green
18 days ago

Understandable. Spain hasnt won since 1969 and has only hosted once. It looks like they are on a path to get a win really soon, so they dont wanna waste their hosting gig when they didnt win the previous edition, even tho they propably would have won if Ukraine wasnt at war

Irish EuroFan
Irish EuroFan
17 days ago
Reply to  Green

But the exact same could be said for the UK, no?

Green
Green
17 days ago
Reply to  Irish EuroFan

Not really. The UK last won in 1997, not that long ago, and they have hosted on 5 other occasions. Spain has only hosted once, and only won twice, half a century ago

Robbie
Robbie
17 days ago
Reply to  Green

They’ve hosted another 7 times! 8 times in total.

nikki
nikki
18 days ago

I am pretty sure it’s going to be UK after all and I am not mad about it all. As long as its far from the war zone and far from “mother r*ssia” – fine by me. Plus, I’ve been watching ESC since 2005 and I’ve never had the opportunity to see them host it, I am sure they’d do a great job

aer
aer
18 days ago

ukraine should host AND foot the bill. they wanted this pity “win” well it comes with responsibility. maybes they should’ve withrawn if they can’t afford to host the contest. nobody forced them to participate and it would be a thousand times better without them anyways.

Wayne
Wayne
17 days ago
Reply to  aer

Are you serious? Year after year they bring something different and interesting. Thankfully yours is a minority view

Aaa
Aaa
17 days ago
Reply to  aer

there are plenty of countries taking part in esc who would never be able to afford hosting

Jamie
Jamie
18 days ago

UK is helping Ukraine a lot, I can definitely see UK getting passed the rights to host. Even if Kyiv and Lviv are generally safe, absolutely no one can predict russia. Could they bomb the arena for no reason at all? History tells us yes. A hard yes.

David
David
18 days ago

I hope it goes to Glasgow. Its the ideal city for Eurovision

TJCat
TJCat
16 days ago
Reply to  David

It is. The arena is fantastic.the city is vibrant And despite some comments about poor infrastructure it hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014, and with both Edinburgh and Glasgow airport served well from Europe and regular domestic flights from
Heathrow and Manchester

Ray
Ray
18 days ago

This years contest has been terrible for the image of the contest imo. Between political voting and countries blatantly cheating with zero repercussions for them. I am normally happy to defend the contest but it was really difficult to do this year.

Roo
Roo
17 days ago
Reply to  Ray

Yet two countries with the worst track records came top 5 this year. Last year 3 songs in a native language took out the top spots. UK entry has been top ten for several weeks. I think our beloved contest is probably stronger than ever.

Robbie
Robbie
17 days ago
Reply to  Roo

The UK has anything but the worst track record in Eurovision. 42 top 10 finishes, 29 top finishes, 16 2nd places and 5 wins : sounds like a phenomenal record to me – no other country has a record like it to be fair!

Robbie
Robbie
17 days ago
Reply to  Robbie

(Sorry, should read 29 top 5 finishes!)

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
17 days ago
Reply to  Robbie

Alright, but Italy, France and Portugal have sent many more good entries to the contest than the likes of Sweden, Ireland and the UK, regardless of the results.

Robbie
Robbie
16 days ago
Reply to  Midnight Gold

Absolutely, I agree but nobody can say that the UK don’t have an impressive record in this contest. It’s irrelevant what peoples opinions are – the fact is that the UK have placed in the top 5 29 times out of 64 entries, that’s streaks above any other country and will take years to beat.

Babes
Babes
18 days ago

I’m rooting for the BBC! I’m talking about the tv channel though!

Hebbo
Hebbo
18 days ago
Reply to  Babes

If nobody gets the joke, the Russian Air Force is called Voyenno-vozdushnye sily Rossii, VVS – which is BBC in cyrillic.

Maya G
Maya G
18 days ago

I’m sure the BBC will do a great job hosting it, but I kinda wish they focus their energy on continuing to send strong entries like they did this year, and then hosting after actually winning. I fear hosting next year might spoil their momentum.

Hannah
Hannah
18 days ago
Reply to  Maya G

Andrew Cartmell (HOD) has said the UK will continue to send strong entries.

Maya G
Maya G
18 days ago
Reply to  Hannah

I hope he’s right, but I do fear that hosting next year could hinder the BBC’s motivation to win.

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
17 days ago
Reply to  Maya G

Host entry track record- UK
1960 2nd/16
1963 4th/16
1968 2nd/17
1972 2nd/18
1974 =4th/17
1977 2nd/18
1982 7th/18
1998 2nd/25

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
17 days ago
Reply to  Kaitlin

1960 2nd/13*
WIWI get an edit button!

Maya G
Maya G
17 days ago
Reply to  Kaitlin

This was in the days when the UK made the top 5 almost every year, with 2nd places as far as the eye can see, and the above list is a reflection of that. The times have changed since then and the UK need to work hard if they want to maintain the momentum.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
18 days ago

Let’s be honest, even if Eurovision 2023 takes place in Ukraine, I’ll say it’s not safe there. We will still hear the sounds of these bombs during the Opening Ceremony, the draw, and even the Grand Final

Truth Spitter
Truth Spitter
18 days ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Yea, it will only be safe when Russia becomes democratic or vanishes from this planet. While this is inevitable, it will take a few years for sure.

ete sech
ete sech
18 days ago
Reply to  Truth Spitter

I don’t like talking too much about politics on this site (precisely because I surf here as I try to escape that) but I agree, the Russian regime lost composure and relationships in Europe won’t be the same until some of that happens (also adding a possible balkanization of Russia to the mix)

Eurofan
Eurofan
18 days ago

The BBC to host if Ukraine can’t. Well obviously it’s the UK to host then. The Ukraine have zero chance to host unless the show is held in a secret lead lined studio and all performances are on tape. That’s going to be a terrible show. Seriously though the UK would put on a great show. If there’s one thing we British can do is to organise an event.

Tom Ronan
Tom Ronan
18 days ago

Surely it’s time “The Big Five” was scrapped. So unfair. They are “entitled” to qualification year after year. Why exactly? Seems some are more equal than others, as far as EBU is concerned.

Nni
Nni
18 days ago
Reply to  Tom Ronan

They pay for it

Hannah
Hannah
18 days ago
Reply to  Tom Ronan

Why does it matter when these countries have won in 2010 and 2021 since it was created in 2000. The big 5 contribute about 6 times the amount of smaller countries which enables smaller countries to enter.

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
18 days ago

Hoping the BBC hosts ESC.

MiyeonChoi201
MiyeonChoi201
18 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

same as they’ve not hosted it in a while!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
18 days ago

Finger-crossed it will still be in Ukraine.

I think the biggest issue is money because we all want Eurovision to remain in glitz and glamour but it doesn’t have to always be that way… Why not make a Eurovision next year a smaller scale event? It will set up a great precedent in the future when all of Europe is at war and no where is safe to host Eurovision.

Ellen
Ellen
18 days ago

Ukrainian politicians need to keep their money for the rebuilt of their country and helping their people. Not wasting it for ESC. I hope they will give up on this idea and give the hosting to the UK.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
18 days ago

YES!!! Do it!!!

Neil
Neil
18 days ago

OT: SARA JAMES FROM JESC POLAND 2021 GOT THE GOLDEN BUZZER FROM SIMON COWELL ON AMERICAS GOT TALENT!

MiyeonChoi201
MiyeonChoi201
18 days ago
Reply to  Neil

Omg yass

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
18 days ago

I mean yeah, United Kingdom was second place and they would have probably won. But the thing is that it happened so early! I wanted UK to host Eurovision one day, but I didn’t expect them to host ESC so soon.

Pirk Loin d Ici
Pirk Loin d Ici
18 days ago

Hispanovision? wtf. the OTI was las held in 2000. I have to wait on that one. Amercavision was blah

Nils van Teijlingen
Nils van Teijlingen
18 days ago

American Songcontest had really some nice and memorable acts. You check out the entries of Texas and Oklahoma.

Yes it is another kind of show but it is a good start!

James
James
19 days ago

Desde su palabra al oídos de Dios.

TJCat
TJCat
19 days ago

For me the best option is for the UK to host but to have a “Europe united” theme.
Hosts from several countries and post cards featuring every country rather than the host. Maybe invite each broadcaster to produce their own post card.
Ukraine to feature in the interval act.
I’d love the UK to win one day and then the UK could bring more of a British theme to the contest the year after.

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
18 days ago
Reply to  TJCat

“Europe United” gives me Zagreb 1990 vibes.

TJCat
TJCat
18 days ago
Reply to  Jake Dallas

I can still hear the silence as the hosts walked on stage that year ?

Denis
Denis
18 days ago
Reply to  TJCat

That is really up to BBC to decide. If they pay for it they will decide about it

Kaitlin
Kaitlin
17 days ago
Reply to  TJCat

Graham and Kateryna to host (maybe)?

Arby
Arby
19 days ago

“eagle-eyed music fans in the U.K. have noticed that the OVO Hydro in Glasgow has events listed for next spring and summer”

IT WAS YOU. THIS SITE STARTED THE RUMOR AND NOW YOU ARE PERPETUATING IT.

Alaska
Alaska
18 days ago
Reply to  Arby

Yes. It’s getting ridiculous at this point…

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
18 days ago
Reply to  Arby

Calm down! Take your tin foil hat off! The UK deserve to host it!

Nancy G
Nancy G
18 days ago
Reply to  Arby

That’s incorrect, Arby. This was in the Scottish Express which wiwibloggs even link to in that article…https://www.scottishdailyexpress.co.uk/news/scottish-news/eurovision-fans-speculate-glasgow-final-27009864

Jercel11
Jercel11
19 days ago

What is happening in Ukraine right now is heartbreaking. People just like you and I who have had their lives destroyed by the craziness of one man. It is great to see the Ukrainian government and people so determined to host the 2023 contest, their hope and optimism is incredible in these times. Just read the comment above…“We have no doubt that it should take place in Ukraine.” But sadly, the EBU needs to give the Ukrainan government and Suspilne a dose of realism. To again quote from the comment above “The only thing is that no one has held… Read more »

raylee
raylee
19 days ago

If that happens , Will Ukraine be a direct qualifier or not?

Hugin
Hugin
19 days ago
Reply to  raylee

No according to the rules only the host broadcaster and the big five are directly qualified for the Grand Final.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Hugin

Rules can be changed at any time.

Jercel11
Jercel11
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Can be and have been. Looking at some of the past contest rules, sometimes they say the host broadcaster qualifies automatically, sometimes they say the winning broadcaster from the previous contest qualifies automatically. So they just use the appropriate wording for 2023. We are used to six automatic qualifiers, so it’s no big deal.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Jercel11

Sometimes they say that the contest is for EBU members only, sometimes they say okay, except for Australia.

no.
no.
19 days ago
Reply to  Jercel11

They already said in a press conference that it will be the big 5 + ukraine ,yes

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
19 days ago
Reply to  Hugin

I mean they can still be one of the host broadcasters together with the bbc

CatcoolH
CatcoolH
19 days ago
Reply to  raylee

Why do people dislike a question?

Mark
Mark
18 days ago
Reply to  raylee

Ukraine shouldn’t compete, they need to save their money

Andy
Andy
19 days ago

It’s so ovbious they gonna do it in UK
The show will be hosted by BBC so the presenters , postcards , interval acts will be related to UK as it should be
But Kalush and some Ukrainian artists will take part too.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
18 days ago
Reply to  Andy

Yeah, co-operation would feel messy in this case.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
19 days ago

This is a farce, The UK right now is in no position to host it.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

If the contest was dependent on stable politics and healthy economies, then no country would ever be able to host.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

I understand that Jonas but, for a country that has openly mocked and ridiculed the contest for 20-ish years persistently and hasn’t bothered to at least make some small effort in the slightest to be seen to be rewarded with the honour of hosting it after 1 very good result; alongside the rest of what’s going on in the country right now that does not gel well with me at all.

sam
sam
19 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

not everyone in the UK openly mocks and ridicules eurovision. british media is incredibly toxic when it comes to celebrities and pop culture so anything they say should be taken with a million grains of salt and very clearly doont represent the views of all people living in the uk. your comments disregard the millions of british fans who adore the contest and finally got to see their country do well, i would love to see the UK host and finally start taking eurovision seriously again

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I’m not necessarily saying I want to see BBC host, they would not be my first choice – but I do think they can. I actually think they would do a very high quality budget-conscious show.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

That I don’t disagree with. IMO it just falls at the wrong time.

Hebbo
Hebbo
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Take heed of how many downvotes your posts constantly receive. We don’t need to keep hearing your utterly nonsensical rants about ‘the state of the UK’ thanks – you’re a mood-hoover. A negatron. And there’s so much BS in what you say.

Hebbo
Hebbo
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

You ‘do think they can’? – they’re the largest and oldest broadcaster on planet Earth. They could do it with their eyes closed, as well as having the budget for it.

Foster G
Foster G
19 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Every country has fractions who mock and ridicule the contest. In truth the uk loves it. It’s mainly just the press who hide behind the embarrassment of poor results by ridiculing it. The UK has massive viewing figures for the contest,. This year Sam has become a hero and the uk is really proud. As for only having one good result, well several countries have won in recent years after years in the wilderness while others have gone from near winning to zero the next year. The uk has entered every year faithfully since the second year of the contest… Read more »

mad-professor
mad-professor
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

And yet, you’ve also been saying Spain should host it.

Lisa
Lisa
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I’m with Liam on this. The UK doesn’t deserve to host it.

Hebbo
Hebbo
18 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

The UK came second. Ukraine came first and won’t be able to host. So yes… yes the UK does deserve to host. Quite literally.

William Clelland
15 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

Why?

Jason
Jason
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Who put 20p in Liam

UpinSpaceFan
UpinSpaceFan
19 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

You say this on every article related to the hosting situation, and frankly I’ve yet to understand your arguments. In what way is the UK in no position to host it? As Jonas said, economically no country is ever in an ideal state to hold Eurovision, it’s ridiculously costly for even the most solvent of nations, but that’s not traditionally a concern beyond the most extreme cases. As for your other points regarding the UK not taking the contest seriously for so long and now all of a sudden being “rewarded” with the possibility of hosting it, I’m sorry but… Read more »

Shjddkls
Shjddkls
19 days ago
Reply to  UpinSpaceFan

There also is the point that they are the ONLY country that took part last year to require Ukrainian citizens to purchase visas to enter, that would simply not be feasible for many Ukrainian fans on top of travel costs considering the fact that they won.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  Shjddkls

Yes. It’s not really about cost, though, more that the country that has been the least welcoming to Ukrainian refugees should not really be the one to replace them.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
19 days ago
Reply to  UpinSpaceFan

I do not have any issue with the UK hosting it just falls at the wrong time. I have said that many of times and it has fell on deaf ears. The situation in the UK is precarious and uncertain. Yes, you and Jonas do make excellent points on the cost situation and I am not oblivious to that in any way. As someone who is British and is also dealing with financial hardships themselves due to the crises at hand, I know that when the costs of hosting next year are revealed, the British public are going to go… Read more »

Liam
Liam
19 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

ive seen you make this claim for weeks now you are being absolutely ridiculous our country is more than capable of holding eurovision next year

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam

Infrastructure wise you are correct. It just falls at the wrong time, I’ve said this many times. But there are too many issues at hand in our country right now for us to do it properly. If I am being ridiculous fine, but that is my opinion I am voicing not the majority, and the likelihood is it will be in the UK next year, I just do not think in any aspect that it is earned or deserved especially after 20 years of mocking the contest before Sam this year

Jason
Jason
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Bet you anything if it is held next year in the UK, you will be in the front of the queue for tickets.

Hannah
Hannah
18 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

The UK is one of the richest countries in the big 5 and the revenue from tourism will benefit the country. If Sam had won this year, nobody would be complaining about hosting next year so that’s a ridiculous statement. I hope I won’t see you in the queue for tickets.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago

How can the president of RTVE speak for the BBC?

Clara
Clara
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Yes, that’s confusing. Maybe something was lost in translation? Maybe he said something like, “let the BBC host” and it was mistranslated as stating a fact?

James
James
18 days ago
Reply to  Clara

pero al final si renuncia Ucrania, será la BBC la que lo organice

“But if in the end that Ukraine declines, it will be the BBC who will organize it…”

“Será”/ is written there in the future indicative sense of “ser” (to be). So it definitely sounds like a strong indication but any confirmation will have to come from the EBU themselves.

Moo Moo
Moo Moo
17 days ago
Reply to  James

I think sera translation is “would be” instead of “will be”

Livslogn
Livslogn
17 days ago
Reply to  Moo Moo

That would be would be sería, será is will be

Miss C
Miss C
17 days ago
Reply to  James

The future tense in Spanish is very often used in the sense that something “might” happen, not so much as a fact. So, again, there’s a bit of a chance that something was lost in translation. Arguably, and judging only from that excerpt, I admit the meaning isn’t clear. I’d have to read the full statement to be sure.

Denis
Denis
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Maybe there was EBU meeting with all broadcasters and he spoke from there?

Day one
Day one
19 days ago

If the BBC does host it I hope they can maybe have 1 Ukrainian presenter and maybe the interval acts are produced by Ukrainians or feature Ukrainians.

Not just a slight nod to Ukraine then masses of British acts and humour etc

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
18 days ago
Reply to  Day one

I mean if UK hosts it the show should be UK-oriented.

Shjddkls
Shjddkls
18 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

But they didn’t win, Ukraine did and I think now more than ever we should be celebrating Ukrainian culture

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
18 days ago
Reply to  Shjddkls

But Ukraine will not be the host. It’s about host, not about last year’s winner.

esc2022turin
esc2022turin
19 days ago

At this point I’m just looking forward to the EBU announcement that Ukraine won’t host ESC next year. I understand that Ukraine wants to host the contest and ofc it should be like that since they won this year, but the situation is too much! Safety should be always first and hosting ESC in a war torn country could be SO risky to the people attending the event.

I also hope than in anyway Ukraine will be involved in the hosting of the contest no matter where it is

Polegend Godnova
19 days ago

it’s only fair that the runner-up gets to host if the winner can’t (and, let’s get real, ukraine isn’t in the condition to host rn).

Clara
Clara
19 days ago

I partially agree. I’d rather dream of the war ending next month and Ukraine hosting next year… But realistically, even if the war did end next month, I think Ukraine should focus on rebuilding the country and not on the festival, especially from an economic point of view.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago

I’m not sure if it’s fair. Without a win, it’s really just a burden. Maybe last place should host.

Meckie
Meckie
18 days ago

Yes, just like ESC 1980 was hosted in the Netherlands.

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
19 days ago

We have to think about this logically, as much as I’d like Ukraine to host, it just don’t see it happening. The situation is far too dangerous and would put all the artists and delegations at a heightened risk.

Maybe if the UK did end up hosting (or someone else), UA:PBC should be allow to cooperate with the host broadcaster.

Nils
Nils
19 days ago

It would be the logical choice. And a very good one, too. Now I just hope Ukraine will ultimately accept that hosting Eurovision next year would be a terrible idea for numerous reasons.

On the other side, the BBC should at least give a nod to Ukraine. But actually, I think they should let UA:PBC co-host.

Just keep it apolitical next year. Ukraine’s victory was a good and important sign this year. But Eurovision can’t afford putting symbolics over music too often.

Hebbo
Hebbo
18 days ago
Reply to  Nils

Nope… if the UK has to spend millions hosting, it’ll be a British show. End of.

Whisker
Whisker
19 days ago

I’ll go if they organize it in space.