How the UK could host Eurovision 2023 even if we dont win this year
The UK could host Eurovision 2023 even if we don't win this year, despite the odds tipped in favour of Essex hopeful Sam Ryder.
Britain has provided a stage for the competition eight times in its 66 year history, stepping up to the plate when other countries were unable to do so.
So if Ukraine – who are currently favourites at the bookies – win, it's highly likely that we'll host it for them due to the aftermath of Russia's invasion.
Luckily, having organised the competition on numerous occasions, the UK has extensive experience when it comes to hosting an array of European singers, including our very own Katie Price, a bearded lady and plastic turkeys.
Eurovision found a home in London in 1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977; and once each in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham in 1998.
The UK has only won five times, but has broadcast the inaugural event an additional three.
In 1960, we stepped up to the plate when the previous years' winners, the Netherlands, passed the honour to Britain, who had placed second.
Then, in 1963, France were unwilling to host due to financial restrictions. Mind you, they had just won for the third time in five years and it's not exactly cheap to manage the national event.
1973 comes along and Luxembourg should have been preparing the proverbial table for competitive tea – but having just won the competition two years in a row, hosting again so soon wasn't on their agenda.
Ever reliable, the UK offered up Brighton as an alternative location and inevitably set the scene for one of the world's most famous pop groups, ABBA, who won that year with Waterloo.
At first, Eurovision reserved the right to ban Russia from the event, but later conceded after the country launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
In a statement, the EBU wrote: "The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that no Russian act will participate in this year's Eurovision Song Contest."
Eurovision 2022 kicked off in full swing on Tuesday 10 May with 25 hopeful countries ready to sing it out for the trophy.
And for this year's much-loved (and also maybe ridiculed) competition, UK hopeful Sam Ryder will be facing the music this weekend.
The 32 year old bearded singer found fame during lockdown, singing covers of much-loved songs and posting the videos online.
He has since accumulated over 12.3m followers on TikTok – making him the most followed UK music artist on the app.
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