Great uncertainty: What happens if they win?

They are big favorites to win – but what happens if they do?

This is one of the questions that fills a part as this year’s Eurovision approaches its decision.

For Ukraine is currently designated by the bookmakers to be the absolute big favorite to win it all.

Completely unheard of, the country at the time of writing predicts a full 60 percent chance of winning.


Here is the Kalush Orchestra during a rehearsal prior to Saturday's final.

Here is the Kalush Orchestra during a rehearsal prior to Saturday’s final.
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If the Ukrainian band, Kalush Orchestra with the song ‘Stefania’, meets the bookmakers’ expectations, they will not only win this year’s trophy.

They also win – as is customary – the right to hold the competition on Ukrainian soil next year.

But will it be possible at all now that the Russian forces are still waging war in the country?

In a pre-final statement, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), which is responsible for hosting Eurovision, NBC News told that one does not want to speculate in ’emergency plans’ in case Ukraine wins:

“Once we have crowned the winners on Saturday night, we will start looking at those kinds of decisions in the coming weeks – no matter who the winners may be,” it reads.

Ole Tøpholm, a longtime Grand Prix and Eurovision expert, has previously told BT that he immediately finds it difficult to see that it should be possible to hold it in Ukraine next year.

“One has to find out whether it should be the second place, whether it should be one of Ukraine’s neighboring countries, or whether it should be decided by the biggest check on the table,” he says.

“It is the EBU that decides. There is nothing in the rules about what to do in such a situation here. “




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So far, Sweden’s capital has signed up ready to set the stage, says Stockholm’s finance mayor Anna König Jerlmyr according to Eurovision Fun.

“It’s a way to show our continued support. We are used to hosting Eurovision and it was at the latest in 2016. As we feel that this was successful, we are happy to sign up voluntarily. “

However, the Ukrainian band itself has expressed a hope and a dream that Eurovision again – just as it did in 2017 – can be held in Ukraine if ‘Stefania’ is chosen as the winning song:

“If we win, Eurovision 2023 will take place in Ukraine. It will be a new, integrated, well-developed and prosperous Ukraine, “the group’s frontman, rapper Oleg Psyuk, said during a press conference.

If Ukraine leaves the hosting to another country, it will be the first time since 1980 that it happens in Eurovision.

Here, Israel won the competition for the second year in a row, and for financial reasons had to say no to holding the show again. Instead, it was held in the Netherlands.

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