On Saturday the U.K.’s Prime Minister said that Ukraine deserved to host Eurovision 2023. And now his Secretary of State for Culture Nadine Dorries has echoed the sentiment after speaking with her Ukrainian counterpart Oleksandr Tkachenko.
Ms. Dorries tweeted that the government remains 100% “supportive of our friends in Ukraine being given the opportunity to host Eurovision next year” to “demonstrate to the world the enduring richness of Ukrainian culture and creativity.”
She also called on the European Broadcasting Union to “review their decision and to ensure that Ukraine’s proposals are given full and proper consideration.”
We call upon the @EBU_HQ to review their decision and to ensure that Ukraine's proposals are given full and proper consideration.— Nadine Dorries (@NadineDorries) June 22, 2022
They won it, they quite rightly want to host it. Slava Ukraini ??
Her tweets drew incredibly mixed responses, with many suggesting that as U.K. Minister of Culture she should be promoting…U.K. culture.
@chrispoppe wrote: “You should be supporting the UK’s opportunity to show the world just how great our production could be. You do realise it takes a year to prepare to host the contest?”
@dawn_venton suggested that it’d be redundant for the EBU to consider Ukraine’s proposals for a second time. Dawn wrote: “I think the whole point of asking the U.K. to host is that they have given it full and proper consideration!!”
Ukraine wants EBU to reconsider hosting decision
Ukraine’s Minister of Culture has been clear from the beginning: He does not agree with the EBU’s decision to take Eurovision 2023 away from Ukraine. In a strongly worded statement, released shortly after the EBU said it was in talks with the BBC, Mr. Tkachenko said:
“In response to the published statement of the European Broadcasting Union on the impossibility of hosting Eurovision – 2023 in Ukraine, we want to emphasize the following.”
“Ukraine does not agree with the nature of such a decision – when we were confronted with the fact without discussion on other options. But we strongly believe that we have every reason to hold further negotiations in order to find a joint solution that will satisfy all parties.”
“We honestly won Eurovision and have fulfilled all the condition 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.”
“Hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine is a strong signal to the whole world that it supports Ukraine now. We will demand to change this decision, because we believe that we will be able to fulfil all the commitments, as we have repeatedly [emphasised to] the European Broadcasting Union.”
“That is why we demand additional negotiations on hosting Eurovision 2023 in Ukraine.”