AJ Odudu has made his name as a possible host for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Britain will host the music competition on behalf of Ukraine in 2023 after its Kalush Orchestra won this year, with organizers concluding that the war-torn country could not host the event because ‘safety and security reasons’.
TV presenter, AJ, 34, was keen for the competition to be held at Media City in Salford, with AJ hosting the jury vote from Greater Manchester this year.
Dream big: AJ Odudu, 34, has made her name as a possible host for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest
She told the Mirror: ‘Just shouting ‘from Greater Manchester’ was unbelievable. When it was announced that the UK would be hosting it, I was in a state of shock.
‘As it will be streamed from Salford this year, which has never happened, and for me to be the face of it… just wow – that would absolutely be the cherry on top of the cake. ‘
Ukraine’s entry, Kalush Orchestra, won the annual competition just over two months ago in an emotional victory in Turin, Italy, on May 14, and traditionally, the winning nation will organize this event next year.
Composing music: Britain will host a music competition on behalf of Ukraine in 2023 after their Kalush Orchestra wins this year
But last month, the European Broadcasting Union said it had concluded after a study that the ‘operational and security guarantees’ needed to host the event could not be broadcast by the public broadcaster. UA: Ukraine’s PBC implemented.
The BBC, as the UK’s national broadcaster, this year’s runner-up with Sam Ryder’s Space Man, has been invited to host the show – and the company confirmed this week that they will host the contest for the 67th time. The event typically attracts around 200 million television viewers and was last held in the UK in Birmingham in 1998.
AJ said: ‘We will make sure that it is all related to Ukraine. They did a great job of getting there under the circumstances. ‘
Born to perform: Sam Ryder from the UK with his song Space Man at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Turin on May 14
The UK has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest eight times
The UK has hosted the European Song Contest more times than any other country, in the following cities:
- 1960 – London (Royal Festival Hall)
- 1963 – London (BBC Television Center)
- 1968 – London (Royal Albert Hall)
- 1972 – Edinburgh (Usher Hall)
- 1974 – Brighton (Brighton Dome)
- 1977 – London (Wembley Convention Center)
- 1982 – Harrogate (Harrogate International Center)
- 1998 – Birmingham (National Indoor Arena)
- 2023 – TBC
The BBC has now begun a search for a host city, with the broadcaster saying in a statement: ‘Unfortunately our colleagues and friends in Ukraine were unable to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
‘To be asked to host the largest and most complex music competition in the world is a great privilege.
‘The BBC will now begin the process of finding a host city to partner with us in hosting one of the most exciting events coming to the UK in 2023.’
Martin Osterdahl, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, added: ‘We are especially grateful that the BBC has accepted to host the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023.
‘The BBC has taken over hosting duties for other winning countries on the previous four occasions.
‘Continuing this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s competition will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters while securing this year’s winner. , Ukraine, was honored and represented throughout the event.’
Mykola Chernotytskyi, CEO of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA: PBC), confirmed the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will celebrate Ukrainian culture and the Kalush Orchestra’s victory with the song. Stefania, despite the move to the UK.
He said: ‘The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will not take place in Ukraine but to support Ukraine.
‘We are grateful to our BBC partners for showing solidarity with us. I am confident that together we will be able to inject the Ukrainian spirit into this event and unite Europe once again around our shared values of peace, support, honoring diversity. form and talent. ‘
Looking back: The 1998 Eurovision Song Contest was last held in the UK in Birmingham after Katrina and the Waves won with ‘Love Shine a Light’ in Dublin the previous year (photo taken in May 1997 post-war). their win)
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