In the twenty-four hours since the European Broadcasting Union announced that it will offer the United Kingdom the chance to host Eurovision 2023, the good and the great of the country have chimed in with opinions on which city should get the honour. From Scotland’s First Minister to the former mayor of Wolverhampton, everyone has a preference.

And so does the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. In a surprise to many, he wants the honour to go to Ukraine.

“The Ukrainians won it fair and square, even though we had a brilliant entry, and they should be given the chance to host it,” he said

“It’s a year away. It’s going to be fine by the time the Eurovision Song Contest comes around and I hope they get it.”

This comment glosses over the reality that it takes a full year to organise the Eurovision Song Contest — an expensive endeavour that can run into the tens of millions of euros. Producers don’t just show up the week before the contest with some hammers and glue.

“I believe that they can have it, and I believe that they should have it. I believe that Kyiv, or any other safe Ukrainian city, would be a fantastic place to have it.”

Mr Johnson was speaking at a Royal Air force Base north-west of London shortly after returning from the Ukrainian capital Kyiv. During his time in Ukraine he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky, promising new military aid and offering to train up to ten thousand Ukrainian soldiers every four months.

Bojo’s words echo the sentiments of the Ukrainian broadcaster Suspilne and the country’s Minister of Culture, who issued a strongly worded statement on Friday that called on the EBU to reverse its decision to take the contest elsewhere.

Oleksandr Tkachenko said:

“We honestly won Eurovision and have fulfilled all the conditions within the deadlines for the process of approving its holding in Ukraine — we have provided answers and guarantees on safety standards and possible venues for the competition.”

But the EBU doesn’t agree. In its statement announcing its decision, the EBU said:

“Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, the EBU has taken the time to conduct a full assessment and feasibility study with both UA:PBC and third-party specialists including on safety and security issues.”

“The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the most complex TV productions in the world with thousands working on, and attending, the event and 12 months of preparation time needed.”

“Following objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has with deep regret concluded that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organize and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC Rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC.”

Mr Tkachenko also claimed there was a lack of consultation, writing that “we were confronted with the fact without discussion of other options.”

But on Friday Sietse Bakker, a producer of Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam and a member of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, disputed that.

Appearing on Dutch TV show Humberto, he said there had been “extensive consultations” with Ukraine’s organising team and that they “had a chance to answer a lot of questions.”

Are you surprised by Mr Johnson’s statement? Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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Lisa
Lisa
13 days ago

Who cares what this criminal says?

Vova
Vova
13 days ago
Reply to  Lisa

The whole Ukraine does. We even have a Ukrainian surname for him. He is loved and respected here.

Tomi
Tomi
12 days ago
Reply to  Vova

What is that Ukrainian surname? Tell us.

Mariia
12 days ago
Reply to  Tomi

It would be like Johnsonuk, we consider him Ukrainian at this point:) we have a cupcake named after him too

Lawrence Gibb
14 days ago

BoJo (we scots have a cruder version) and his new BFF are creating this narrative where Ukraine should host the contest but the big bad EBU won’t have it so Bozz reluctantly steps in at Vold’s request to save the day. I get the Ukrainian need to keep the world focus on the war but muppet top is trying to distract from the unholy mess his government has got the UK into.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
14 days ago

Insanity rules the world. They are at war… War you know that thing where people kill each other and bombs and attacks and so on, but ‘they should be given the chance to host it’ and if crazy Russian Psycho decides to bomb the venue, bad luck but at least they were given the chance and arent we all supportive and open minded??

Karl
Karl
14 days ago

Politicians gonna politic.

We all know Ukraine hosting is a bad idea.

Fatima
Fatima
14 days ago

I’d like to see a combined BBC-ITV-C4-5 hosting

Dolly
Dolly
14 days ago

Twat from the uk

Liam
Liam
14 days ago

Look I really dont like Boris Johnson but this is just him trying to maintain his relationship with zelensky at a good level it is as simple as that

Vova
Vova
13 days ago
Reply to  Liam

and Ukrainians love Boris

Jo.
Jo.
15 days ago

politicians gonna politics

Héctor
Héctor
15 days ago

Politics… He doesn’t have a say in this topic, fortunately. I hope Ukraine stops making of everything a question of state. You are at war, you are receiving help from everyone, why do you need this drama? This stubborness everyone in the Ukrainian government is showing is counterproducing. Focus on what’s really important and keep your feet on the ground.

George Long
George Long
15 days ago

He plainly does not have any idea of the processes to organise this. He can’t even arrange a legal drinks party himself – the fact a third of his party’s MPs do not support him means his opinions really don’t count for anything anymore. Well done the EBU – correct decision and UK – “You’re good to go…”

sTommie
sTommie
15 days ago

Boris Johnson: ‘We need to steel ourselves for a long war’
https://www.heraldscotland.com/politics/20220493.boris-johnson-we-need-steel-long-war/

sTommie
sTommie
15 days ago

When BJ said their entry was brilliant, they should have asked him the title of the song, or the singer’s name, or sing it. I bet he doesn’t have a clue what song UK 22 is.

Anna
Anna
14 days ago
Reply to  sTommie

He probably doesn’t know what Eurovision is either…

Jercel11
Jercel11
15 days ago

Don’t forget, Boris Johnson is a liar. He is unable to tell the truth. So he really meant he doesn’t want Ukraine to host in 2023.

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  Jercel11

Love or hate him Boris Johnson is under pressure at home,and from within his own party. When the conflict began it took centre stage on the uk media and overshadowed his own problems. Ukraine has provided a great distraction for him and his opinion that ukraine can and should host next year is just him going through the motions. The decision has been made that Ukraine will not host the eurovision next year,and his comment that anything can happen in the next 12 months shows he knows little about eurovision or the preparation involved. Now as to what he knows… Read more »

Colin
Colin
15 days ago

There’s sadly no way to guarantee safety within Ukrainian borders. Should be… but isn’t. I understand the wish to showcase that Ukraine ”can do it”, even in this circumstances, but it’s immature and wreckless. I’m not claiming it’s not possible to host a contest in Ukraine, and for it to go safely. In fact, considering the massive amount of foreign celebrities there, I’d still put my money on it not being bombed. However… the chances are too high, and the risk is too big. It’s just not worth it. If they decide on doing so, in a better case scenario,… Read more »

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  Colin

sensible comments colin,no one knows how badly the situation is going to get over the next 10 months away. with no end to this end in sight,even if russia thought it was going to lose,it will throw everything at this conflict,and beleive me if that happens eurovision wont be going anywhere next year or anywhere else again. This thing needs to be brought to an end and this political interference removed from the contest and of course loss of innoncent lives

Im so fab
Im so fab
15 days ago

I hope for 2 scenarios:

1) Ukraine is magically given the host rights and of course they fail miserably. EBU fine and/or ban them for some years.

2)Ukraine is not allowed to host and they withdraw as a protest.

In both of these scenarios, we won’t have another unfair Ukrainian victory, which is the most possible scenario at the moment.

I pray to ESC gods for one of my 2 scenarios to happen. This contest has put up with a lot of b*llsheet the last months.

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
15 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I wasn’t satisfied with ukrainian victory either but damn you’re mean.

Esc addict
Esc addict
15 days ago

Surprised?! But I’m not so fab is unbearable, his scenarios are pityful and just useless as him, it’s only pure hatred nothing more so he should keep his words to talk about the odds next year, his passion, he is obsessed by it, and to overhype his country as much as he can by inventing stuffs about the staging or whatever, by inventing himself a life in fact, and by hating the others. He ridicules himself but he doesn’t understand, nothing new it’s like that since years with him so be prepared for the next season….

esc2022turin
esc2022turin
15 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Ngl that with how much I’m supporting Ukraine against Russia and I loved Stefania (Even thinking that songwise it’s actually a great winner) I think that Ukraine withdrawing would be good just ti prevent the chances of another political based victory. It was good that Ukraine participated this year and Europe showed them support but if the war is going to continue for years and it’s gonna be the case until the war ends, it could harm ESC so much to the point that it could even die forever 🙁

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

I agree with you and if you say that the contest has been hijacked by this awful situation in Ukraine you are simply mass down voted by so called fans of the contest. politics has always played a part but this is unlike anything we have seen before,where it literally can hand victory to a nation regardless of the song. The hypocrisy is unreal cyprus was almost sanctioned by the EBU in 2006 when constantinos reminded prior to giving the votes that nicosia was europes last divided city,he was only stating a fact and where is the sympathy for cyprus… Read more »

Thallo
Thallo
15 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

Unless the song is great, Ukraine won’t win again. This year was simply an exception.

It’s also very weird how you’re wishing for a withdrawal or possible ban for Ukraine.

esc2022turin
esc2022turin
15 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I hope that if Ukraine wins again next year so it will be with a masterpiece. But we know that even if Ukraine wins with the really best song, people will still call it political

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  esc2022turin

But dont you see thats the whole point,this political interference in the contest over this war makes a mockery of the whole contest,even when Ukraine do send a fantastic entry it will always be clouded in the “sympathy vote syndrome” thats why this situation really is in no ones benefit. you have just lost and won your own debate!

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
15 days ago
Reply to  paul

Literally every winner of Eurovision has been accused of not deserving their trophies. It’s a non-issue.

paul
paul
15 days ago

while the system is not perfect,lets look at the reality we have been to scandanivia,we have as been as far west as portugal and as far east as Israel,even cyprus got a second.The netherlands got a long awaited win,italy got a much needed win and even spain and france have emerged from the bottom of the board this year and last,and of course least I forget the UK. In short we have been all over europe to every corner and everyone seems to be getting a fair slice of the cake at the moment.The system is not perfect but its… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
14 days ago
Reply to  paul

People vote for what they what, politicians aren’t making them do it. It’s lazy to dismiss the whole episode as ‘political’.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
15 days ago
Reply to  esc2022turin

That’s true. Whenever I see people dismissing Ukraine’s victory this year, I always think of Trump saying the 2020 presidential election was “stolen”.

I won’t be surprised if Eurovision fans decide to storm the EBU headquarters if Ukraine wins again next year.

paul
paul
15 days ago

you obviously are removed from reality when it comes to american politics as well. Many people question how Joe Biden could have received 15 million more votes than fellow democrat barrack obama. No one can say if the election was stolen but there was widespread misuse of mail in voting,including using the names of dead relatives to vote for Joe Biden. so how long is a peice of string? No fan of Donald Trump but here we are on the brink of world war 3 sometimes better the devil you know eh? It is a positive however that at least… Read more »

Nils
Nils
15 days ago
Reply to  paul

It’s already been proven the US elections weren’t fraudulent. They’ve had multiple costly recounts in various states, none of which found any evidence whatsoever for any of Trump’s claims.
Stick to the facts and stop spreading lies.

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  Nils

I am not spreading lies there where discrepancies in the election and I said we dont know if it would have made a difference to the result.Most americans regret the outcome of the election,the Biden administration is on a 30% approval rating with rising crime inflation and chaos at the countrys borders. But they aim for a ukraine style victory 2 million people have been illegally allowed across the border,future voters to keep them in power for ever regardless of polls or job performance. At least we where not on the verge of world war 3 with trump he was… Read more »

Fatima
Fatima
14 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

But it was the public who voted for this ‘unfair’ victory. That’s you and me and others.

Elle
Elle
15 days ago

Give UA:PBC right to host and they’ll see every single delegation withdraw or use a live-on-tape performance for the sake of their safety.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
15 days ago
Reply to  Elle

That’s a great idea, actually. EBU is acting very authoritarian by making a decision on behalf of everyone. Let the delegations decide for themselves… A lot of countries already promise to participate regardless of where/how it will be held.

James
James
14 days ago

Because the EBU does act on behalf of every member in the union. That’s its job.

Jack
Jack
15 days ago
Reply to  Elle

Thats a way to destroy the contest. NO.

Gaga
Gaga
15 days ago

Live-on-tape format will do the thing. In solidarity with BoJo. Let Ukraine host it with a creative format. We can even sing live from squares with live crowds in our own countries.

Im so fab
Im so fab
15 days ago
Reply to  Gaga

That’s not even Eurovision.

Gaga
Gaga
15 days ago
Reply to  Im so fab

If Ukraine isn’t given a chance to host it, Ukrainians will be let down. Let’s not take this opportunity away from them. They want to host it so badly. They have suffered enormously. Cancelling ESC in Ukraine will only make Russia happy.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
15 days ago
Reply to  Gaga

I’m not Ukrainian but I will be let down too. What difference is there if we decide to strip Ukraine off their hosting right with what Russia is doing right now to the country?

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
15 days ago

No. No. No. No. And no. Eurovision in Ukraine would eventually turn into a morbid, politicized sympathy show.
Eurovision in the UK would be memorable, unforgettable, epic; maybe even a pivot in this show’s history, who knows?

Thallo
Thallo
15 days ago

As much as I want Ukraine to host, imagine how AMAZING Eurovision in London would be?

London 2012 was one of the greatest Olympics of all time and Eurovision hosted in London would be just as great. Also, I’m sure a plethora of British artists would love to be the interval act in their home city too.

I’m getting excited for Eurovision in London already, especially after the lacklustre week we had in Turin, but I can’t help but feel sorry for Ukraine.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago

Boris was the champion of London 2012. Why is he attacking a good and fair opportunity for both the UK and Ukraine to promote themselves and work together?! The EBU have control over Eurovision, not Boris, so I don’t see why we should listen to him. He’s been getting worse and worse with his takes over the years.

Sara
Sara
15 days ago

Spain should host since they actually would’ve won

William Clelland
15 days ago
Reply to  Sara

You don’t know that..!!

WannaEatMySpaghetti
WannaEatMySpaghetti
15 days ago

Donc care about who hosts the country as long as it’s not a country that is going through a war, but I think Sara is actually right about the fact that Spain would have won. Chanel was far ahead of Sam Ryder with the televote and she would have got more additional points than Sam if people didn’t vote massively for Ukraine. She would have received additional 2 pts with a lot of countries while UK would have received only one more. But if you ask me both of them were great and will be remembered by the fans as… Read more »

William Clelland
14 days ago

Agree,that’s a fair analysis!!

paul
paul
15 days ago

william and sara you can debate all you want about who would have won etc etc etc but as long as there is a situation where one country has an advantage over the others due to a military invasion and subsequent sympathy votes,we will never know who really should have won and thats the reality. surely we all can accept that. now some people think this year is a one off and next year its eurovision as usual. I think theres another few years in this for ukraine especially if the conflict drags on. I also think as someone said… Read more »

UpinSpaceFan
UpinSpaceFan
15 days ago
Reply to  Sara

Unfortunately, these things aren’t based on “would’ves” and “what ifs.” However, Spain finished third, which means, if the BBC decline the hosting gig, RTVE will be next in line, so don’t be too glum. There’s still hope for Madrid/Barcelona/Valencia 2023!

Milyoki
Milyoki
15 days ago
Reply to  UpinSpaceFan

UpinSpaceFan Maybe Sweden cuz Spain wan’t to host anymore

Milyoki
Milyoki
15 days ago
Reply to  Milyoki

*don’t want*

ChipmunksArePests
ChipmunksArePests
1 day ago
Reply to  Milyoki

No no no noooooo.

Sweden hosted it to much
Sweden is not a almighty god that we should bow down for

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  UpinSpaceFan

Spain rightfully so dont want to get involved in this mess.
They want to win eurovision and proudly host it as the winners.
Benidorm fest and there good result has given them confidence that may happen sooner rather than later.
Time of course will tell.

William Clelland
15 days ago

Idiot of a man!!!

Matthew
Matthew
16 days ago

Why is Boris trying to destroy Britain

Thallo
Thallo
15 days ago
Reply to  Matthew

Britain has been self-destructing for a LONG LONG LONG time.

Boris isn’t trying to destroy Britain, he’s just simply speeding along the process, just like every other Prime Minister before him. At least the self-destruction of the UK means we’ll have an independent Scotland and United Ireland at Eurovision soon!

paul
paul
15 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Ireland is noted as Ireland at eurovision anyway,not the republic of Ireland as in football etc and in fact many singers from the north of Ireland have represented Ireland at eurovision anyway,so unity if and when it comes wont be that much diffrent from a eurovision perspective.
one notable exception will no longer be seeing the north east of the Island severed from the rest of the Island in the map of the Island prior to voting etc

Alam
16 days ago

Boris hates bbc and poor people

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago
Reply to  Alam

True he hates the BBC, but not Poor People. He certainly wants to destroy Britain’s chances of hosting Eurovision for the first time in TWENTY years!

Jonas
Jonas
15 days ago

Boris has no feelings for poor people one way or the other, only himself.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

He is one of the reasons why I was so adamant about the UK not hosting it.

Jonas
Jonas
15 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

A very good reason too, but maybe he will be gone by next year. I wish you luck.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
15 days ago
Reply to  Alam

He was a number of the Bullingdon Club after all. Tosser

Zisk
Zisk
16 days ago

Boris Johnson has an uninformed opinion, shock

James
James
16 days ago

It’s not his call.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  James

Technically, it is right? Correct me if I’m wrong but the decision to host Eurovision have to go through him or the parliament at some point for budget approval and others.

Denis
Denis
16 days ago

No. Governments are never involved. Only the broadcaster.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  Denis

I remember there was some drama between the Israeli government and the Israeli public broadcaster over the hosting of Eurovision 2019. I guess the situation was just unique to Israel.

Jonas
Jonas
16 days ago
Reply to  Denis

Usually, but then there’s 2012.

James
James
16 days ago

AFAIK: The BBC and the UK government are bound by the broadcaster’s charter which highly emphasize the independence of the former and prohibits any form of government interference as the BBC is only obligated to serving the British public through its multiple platforms and avenues. I think only the ongoing issue of how the BBC is funded (via a license fee) is where parliament has some level of play here but for the most part, I don’t think these legislators would stoop that level of low to interfere with a UK public broadcaster’s affairs just because their PM says so,… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
16 days ago
Reply to  James

The chairman of the BBC Board was once Boris Johnson’s advisor, though, so really we don’t know how it all works.

Jonas
Jonas
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Why downvote? The Tories appoint their cronies to the board, to make it easier to get what they want. This is just a fact.

James
James
15 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

They are bound by the charter which specifically stipulates that the BBC must remain editorially independent.

Any movement made that affects the broadcaster will be scrutinized by the very people it was meant to serve, the public.

The BBC is also held in high regard as it is seen as a good standard of the ideal public broadcaster. While it is not without its own problems, providing the kind of public services that the Beebs has it was many aspire to be able to do.

Denis
Denis
16 days ago

Of course he says so. His government does not care for BBC at all and probably would see it shut down all together

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago
Reply to  Denis

It’s fair that he should attack the BBC but NOT attacking Eurovision when we just came 2nd.

Denis
Denis
15 days ago

Well BBC and ESC are connected since BBC is one of the biggest contributors to ESC so if he shuts it down..

sucof
sucof
16 days ago

The arms supplier has arrived to blackmail Ukraine!

Sam
Sam
16 days ago

Rolling my eyes so hard. I get non-Eurovision fans don’t know how much planning and organisation goes into the contest but do they seriously think an event this big can be sorted out with a couple of month’s notice?!? It really doesn’t take much thought to realise it requires a lot more time than that.

Mr X
Mr X
16 days ago

Shut up, Boris !

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
16 days ago

It’s not him but a big delegation from the bbc that needs to stay in the chosen city for a few weeks.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
16 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

And other countries off course. I miss the edit button 🙁

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
16 days ago

We’re suppose to care what he thinks?
No? Didn’t think so.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago
Reply to  Sir Stevia

Does he look like a musician?

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
16 days ago

People getting bombed over, but he thinking about eurovision goddamned

nikki
nikki
16 days ago

Oh look, BoJo the clown is back at it again

Whisker
Whisker
16 days ago
Reply to  nikki

It’s an act. He’s only one of the most influential people on the planet, after all.

nikki
nikki
16 days ago

Oh look, BoJo the clown is back at it again, honestly, you don’t know how ESC works Boris, so STFU

nikki
nikki
16 days ago
Reply to  nikki

how do you delete a comment on this website?

Whisker
Whisker
16 days ago
Reply to  nikki

Not to worry, BoJo has better things to do.

ESC8
ESC8
16 days ago

People of Europe showed their support to Ukraine by giving them a televoting score that I really doubt it can ever be broken. The song itself was fine, but let’s be honest, this score was mainly because people wanted to support Ukraine. I really do not understand why the Ukrainians want to spend so much money on an event that we do love but they could instead spend money on other things much more important for the Ukrainians. The Ukrainian culture will be shown no matter which city is about to host. It would be indeed nice if Ukraine could… Read more »

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  ESC8

The fact that Ukraine has hosted recently helps their case because that means they have people who have the know-how to make further improvements on next year’s edition, just like how Eurovision 2016 is markedly better than Eurovision 2013.

Jonas
Jonas
16 days ago

The EBU drafted in the 2016 team to bail out Kyiv after the ship starting sinking fast.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

As they should. Eurovision is a collaborative project and no one should be left to do the assignment alone.

Jonas
Jonas
16 days ago

Boris Johnson is an amoral con artist and nothing he says should ever be trusted or taken seriously.

XOD
XOD
16 days ago

Shouldn’t Zelensky be focusing on helping the Ukrainians? Why hosting seems like their highest priority at the moment??!!

ESCVictorIn2999
ESCVictorIn2999
16 days ago
Reply to  XOD

Zelensky literally hasn’t mentioned Eurovision recently.

The only comments are from the Ukrainian Culture Minister which makes sense because things like Eurovision are his job and it’s not as if there’s something else he should be doing at the moment.

Also this is a Eurovision fansite so of course we’re going to be hearing more about their efforts on Eurovision but if you look at a general news site you’ll see Eurovision is barely making a blip in the Ukraine coverage.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
15 days ago
Reply to  XOD

No, they should be focusing on a song contest that could put thousands of tourist’s lives at risk and not spend a penny on the people of Ukraine.

Dawid
Dawid
16 days ago

I wonder if he would repeat it if someone actually died here during that contest.

Whisker
Whisker
16 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

It’s not like he will publicly say what he thinks about the situation. He gave a “good” answer.

Dawid
Dawid
16 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

Populist answer

Whisker
Whisker
16 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

A “good” answer.

Ugnius
Ugnius
16 days ago
Reply to  Dawid

Yeah, for instance if Queen Elizabeth dies during Eurovision week (and it is hosted by UK)

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
16 days ago

Boris is actually trying to be diplomatic…for once. This is obviously wider than eurovision, he’s hardly going to jeopardise the friendly relationship built with Ukraine recently over the subject of Eurovision.

Whisker
Whisker
16 days ago

Did.BoJO.actually.WATCH Sam’s performance?

Meckie
Meckie
15 days ago
Reply to  Whisker

He probably stopped watching the rest of Eurovision 2022 after he saw Chanel’s performance.

Dani
16 days ago

Every time politicians stick their noses in Eurovision it turns into a mess, so let’s keep them away, they couldn’t care less about the contest anyway.

Daddy yankee
Daddy yankee
16 days ago

I can’t believe you’d get in a meeting with the president of another country and one of the things you’d talk about is about…this. Something that isn’t really important (and that already has a solution) at the moment to a country that has to focus on rebuilding itself, instead of talking about what really matters.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  Daddy yankee

Art and culture is just as important as infrastructure, if not more.

Dawid
Dawid
16 days ago

Tell that to homeless people

Daddy yankee
Daddy yankee
16 days ago

I don’t think that matters most instead of having a nice and SAFE place to be in.

Marina
Marina
16 days ago
Reply to  Daddy yankee

They didn’t discuss it during the meeting yesterday. The photo is illustrative…

Thomas Sturley
16 days ago

Shove it Boris

James Anderson
James Anderson
16 days ago

Just when I thought I couldn’t hate Boris Johnson more

Hector
Hector
16 days ago

“It’s a year away. It’s going to be fine by the time the Eurovision Song Contest comes around” My guy here thinks he can predict the future, as much as I would want him to be right. And even then Ukraine would still be in reconstruction.

Take-home message: BoJo does not seem interested in the UK hosting Eurovision

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago
Reply to  Hector

Isn’t the UK currently facing its highest inflation rate right now? If the cost of organising Eurovision is the same as his lockdown party, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind.

Dawid
Dawid
16 days ago
Reply to  Hector

He also thinks preparations could start in May

Oleh
Oleh
16 days ago

Yes, Boris is 100% right, he knows the real situation in Ukraine better than 98% of Ukrainians, to say nothing of the EBU people. The war will end in a few months, Kiev is a safe place than, e.g. Israel even now and Russia will have a new president quite soon too

Jesper Hjellnes
Jesper Hjellnes
16 days ago

 It’s going to be fine by the time the Eurovision Song Contest comes around”

Why does he think he knows that for sure? Reminds me of when the 2020 contest got cancelled and fans said the EBU could postpone it until Autumn cause the pandemic would have “calmed down” then. No one can know for sure

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago

Sustaining a military offensive is an incredibly expensive endeavour. As Russia’s economy getting more and more weak as a result of various sanctions, it’s unlikely that the situation will be worse than during the first few months of the invasion.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago

I don’t always agree with Boris Johson but he’s absolutely right!

The UK did a great job this year and we are all happy for them. But they should know that they do not deserve to host Eurovision—not unless Ukraine relinquish their right to it.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
16 days ago

The UK can host Junior Eurovision 2023 though, more specifically Wales. I’m sure no one will have any objections to that.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
16 days ago

At the St David’s Hall, or maybe the Motorpoint arena? Both way too small for the adult contest but perhaps viable for the kids?

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
16 days ago

I don’t always agree with Boris Johson but he’s absolutely wrong once again!

The UK did a great job this year and we are all happy for them. But they deserve to host Eurovision — as Ukraine are unable to do so because they are admist a warzone and the safety of their citizens comes first.

UpinSpaceFan
UpinSpaceFan
15 days ago

You’ll stay mad until the bitter end, huh? Cute.