As Liverpool was announced as the host for Eurovision 2023, last year’s UK representative Sam Ryder praised the city’s musical history and urged organisers to “do the best job for Ukraine”.
Ryder sent his good wishes after Liverpool was confirmed as the location for Eurovision 2023, beating fellow finalist Glasgow. The song contest will run from May 13 next year, and will be beamed across Europe.
Revealing the decision on The One Show, the BBC’s Eurovision commentator Graham Norton said: “Pop that in your calendar” and paid tribute to Sam Ryder for taking “off the curse of Eurovision.”
Last year’s Eurovision song contest saw the UK come second to Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra, who had left their families behind in their war-torn homeland to compete in Turin, Italy. They were ultimately crowned Eurovision winners by a European public keen to stand with the people of Ukraine against the Russian invasion.
As fighting continues to rage in Ukraine, the European Broadcasting Union – which produces the annual event – asked the UK to step in and host next year’s event on behalf of the winners.
Ryder said he was delighted to see the event come to the UK, but the most important thing was to put Ukraine at the very heart of Eurovision 2023.