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. .