Last month, the Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy was won by Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine. As usual, the winning country organises next year’s contest and so the Ukrainian government have formed an organising committee for the 2023 edition!
That news was released by broadcaster Suspilne. The committee has both been formed and approved, said government representative in Verkhovna Rada (which is the Ukrainian Parliament), Taras Melnychuk.
With this action, the broadcaster follow up on their intention to host, underlining the words of Oleg Psyuk, the leader of Kalsuh Orchestra at their winning press conference: “Ukraine will be happy to host the next Eurovision in a happy and prosperous Ukraine.”
This approval of the committee took place yesterday, on the 10th of June, exactly a week after their Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko, had revealed that Ukraine had received a questionnaire from the European Broadcasting Union, inquiring extra information about issues that need to be addressed before the Eurovision Song Contest can take place in Ukraine next year.
He also stated:
We have no doubt that it should take place in Ukraine. The only thing is that no one has held Eurovision during the war… We are now, together with colleagues, looking for answers to the most important conditions set by the [European] Broadcasting Union, but I think we will have to explain that some conditions need to be changed
The reason Ukraine are getting ready is because of Kalush Orchestra’s runaway victory in Turin last month:
Good luck, Ukraine!