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UK to host 2023 Eurovision instead of Ukraine

Members of the band 'Kalush Orchestra' celebrate onstage with Ukraine's flags after winning on behalf of Ukraine the Eurovision Song contest 2022 on May 14, 2022 at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin. (Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)
Members of the band 'Kalush Orchestra' celebrate onstage with Ukraine's flags after winning on behalf of Ukraine the Eurovision Song contest 2022 on May 14, 2022 at the Pala Alpitour venue in Turin. (Marco BERTORELLO / AFP)

Britain says it has reluctantly agreed to take Ukraine’s place as host of next year’s Eurovision song contest after organizers said there was no prospect of the event going ahead in the war-torn country.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spokesman says it was his “strong wish” for Ukraine, this year’s winner, to host the 2023 edition and found it “deeply regrettable” that was no longer possible, with the BBC stepping in to host.

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