Following the success of the Ukrainian Kalush band, the country’s president wrote on social media that Ukraine will host the Eurovision Song Contest next year:
Zelenskyj wrote, “We will do everything we can for Eurovision participants and one-day host Eurovision participants and guests in Mariupol, Ukraine,” while Oleh Psiuk, the leading player of the Kalush Orchestra – rapper in pink cap – expressed the same ambitions.
“I firmly believe that next year Ukraine will be happy to host Europe in a new integrated and happy Ukraine,” he told the BBC.
SEK 100 million
Even before the victory, discussions began about who would organize a successful Ukraine victory – and some volunteers had already registered their interest. For example, a few days ago, the bourgeois government of Stockholm offered to take care of the competition. The last time Sweden hosted – in 2016 – the city of Stockholm spent SEK 100 million for the event, says Dagens Nyheter.
A similar offer came from the Spanish public service RTVE. Analysts also believe that either the “big five” will be organizers, including Spain, Germany, Great Britain, France, Spain and Italy – that is, Spain or the “big five” investing countries. More money for the Eurovision Song Contest, thus qualifying directly for the finals. One suggestion is to allow second-place finisher Great Britain to be the host tonight.
– I think the UK host, it will be fair and fun. There are already rumors about Manchester. But of course you believe Kiev, says Anna Charlotte Gunnerson, a music journalist who sits at Sweden’s International Jury for the Eurovision Song Contest.
TT: Why Manchester?
– From what I understand, the BBC has a new media hub that is fresh and vibrant. It’s all the same – but it’s just rumors. It could be Poland or Spain.
Historically, The Sun has compiled the fact that Great Britain is the most-four-time winner nation has advanced as a savior in times of need, when it did not want or could not arrange a final next year.
It has happened six times before that next year’s Eurovision will be hosted by someone other than the winning country. The last time this happened was after Israel’s victory in 1979 with the song “Jerusalem”. Israel refused to mention the cost, after which the Netherlands hosted the final in the Hague in 1980.
Since then, the winning nations have organized the following year, with Ireland winning and hosting the Eurovision Song Contest four times in five years in the mid – 1990s.
Frankfurt 1957: Organized by Germany despite the victory of Switzerland the previous year.
London 1960: England are knocked out when the Netherlands do not want to host the tournament twice in a row.
London 1963: France hosts the tournament three times in four years, saying no again.
Edinburgh 1972: Conqueror enters Great Britain when facilities are not available to run Monaco.
Brighton 1974: Britain exits again – this time for the second year in a row Luxembourg does not want to organize when the country wins.
The Hague 1980: Organized by the Netherlands when Israel refused for economic reasons.
Source: Sun and other.
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