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Kalush hope Ukraine can host Eurovision in 2023 despite organisers’ decision

Kalush hope Ukraine can host Eurovision in 2023 despite organisers’ decision
The group had their first UK performance since triumphing in Turin with a set on Shangri-La’s Truth Stage at Glastonbury.

Eurovision Song Contest winners Kalush Orchestra 希望 乌克兰 is able to host next year’s event despite organisers ruling it out.

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) on Thursday said the “severe” risk of air raids in Ukraine alongside the “high” risk of mass casualties contributed to the decision that the “necessary requirements for hosting” the competition were not met.

Folk-rap group Kalush, speaking from 格拉斯顿伯里 ahead of their first UK performance since winning Eurovision in Turin, thanked Prime Minister Boris Johnson for saying the event should take place in Kyiv.

Frontman Oleg Psyuk told the PA news agency: “Thank you very much to Boris (约翰逊) for his support and (至) everybody (WHO) sends their support.

“So right now there (are still) a lot of discussions (going on) 在乌克兰. Maybe Ukraine will be invited (to host Eurovision),“ 他加了.

“And we altogether hope Eurovision will be in Ukraine.”

The BBC is in talks with the EBU about hosting the event, with the UK’s Sam Ryder finishing runner-up to Kalush in Italy.

Britain’s Sam Ryder came second in the Eurovision Song Contest (维多利亚琼斯/宾夕法尼亚)
Britain’s Sam Ryder came second in the Eurovision Song Contest (维多利亚琼斯/宾夕法尼亚)

Speaking to reporters at RAF Brize Norton after returning from an unannounced visit to Kyiv, Mr Johnson on Friday said he believed it should be possible for the contest to go ahead in Ukraine, despite the ongoing conflict with Russia.

“The Ukrainians won the Eurovision Song Contest. I know we had a fantastic entry, I know we came second and I’d love it to be in this country,“ 他说.

“But the fact is that they won and they deserve to have it. I believe that they can have it and I believe that they should have it. I believe that Kyiv or any other safe Ukrainian city would be a fantastic place to have it.”

It comes after the EBU announced that following a “full assessment and feasibility study” it had concluded the “security and operational guarantees” required to put on the competition in Ukraine could not be fulfilled by its public broadcaster, UA:PBC.

这个频道, 然而, issued a statement claiming it had been “denied the right” to host the contest and called for negotiations on a new location to be put on hold.

在周五, Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky described Glastonbury as the “greatest concentration of freedom” as he addressed the festival calling for the world to “spread the truth” about Russia’s invasion.