In support of the Ukrainian winners, the UK offered to host Kalush Orchestra. Further, Kalush’s nation occupies by Russia. The band endorsed the decision. And they were confident Liverpool would respect their country. The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won the Italian competition in 2022.
The competition will be in a place in northwest England rather than in Ukraine. It is due to security concerns in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. It produced the 2022 champion Kalush Orchestra.
Declaration by Graham Norton about Eurovision
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Graham Norton was a television host and comedian. Graham Norton provides the news source’s Eurovision commentary, declaring Liverpool’s winning bid on Friday, October 7, 2022. Other cities expressed interest in hosting the event. But Liverpool and Glasgow, Scotland, were the two remaining cities.
Declaration From Organizers about Eurovision
According to the organizers, the 67th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on May 13, 2023. The tournament has become a cherished tradition not only for European nations. But also far-off countries like Australia occasionally asked to participate.
It is full of camp, uptempo pop songs, and ballads. Celine Dion performed for Switzerland. And Swedish pop group ABBA. Thus they are examples of well-known previous victors.
England’s “Ukrainian taste”
As is customary, the host country for the competition the previous year was Italy. And the 2022 event was in Turin. Music professionals and the general public cast votes for each submission.
The song “Stefania” was by the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra. Also, this song combined hip-hop and folk music elements. This song received the most votes and was eliminated.
However, the event’s planners and Ukrainian authorities decided in light of Russia’s invasion. Hence, Ukraine could not securely host an event of this scale.
Sam Ryder from the UK came in second and decided that a UK city would host the event instead. According to British organizers, the pan-continental festival will still celebrate Ukrainian culture and talent.
A second chance was there for the previous year’s winners to perform. As Kalush Orchestra commented, “Playing in the same area that The Beatles began will be a memory we’ll never forget.”
Although we are disappointed that the competition cannot be held in our country next year, we are confident that Liverpool’s residents will be kind hosts. And the organizers will be able to give Eurovision 2023 a truly Ukrainian flavor.
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