If necessary, Spain is willing to host the Eurovision Song Contest. In the event that winners Ukraine are unable to host the contest next May, Spain would be prepared to offer their availability to the EBU.
Spain joining forces with Ukraine
María Eizaguirre, director at RTVE, confirmed their willingness after the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on La Una. A spokesperson has reached out to UA:PBC to confirm that Spain will “support Ukraine in everything regarding the organisation”. In case Ukraine cannot stage the contest in the country itself, Spain will offer themselves as back-up venue, RTVE confirm. The Spanish broadcaster goes on to add that they would only proceed with their offerings if Ukraine agreed to such a move.
The story so far
Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin last Saturday with a whopping 631 points. Their televote score of 439 represent 93% of the maximum score, with 28 countries sending their maximum twelve points to “Stefania”. That night, Spain also achieved its best result in almost 30 years. Chanel finished in third with her “SloMo”. The last time Spain made it to the top three of the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 1995, when Anabel Conde came second with “Vuelve Conmigo”. Her 459 points were a record for Spain.
Soon after Ukraine’s victory, statements began rolling in regarding next year’s hosting of Eurovision. President Zelensky of Ukraine stated that his country would indeed work on hosting the Eurovision Song Contest next year. He even suggested to one day welcome the participants and visitors in the city of Mariupol, which has suffered severely under the Russian invasion. The EBU have commented by saying they will work with Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC to work on the challenges a contest in Ukraine would provide.
What do you think of the statement issued by RTVE and Spain? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter, @escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, make sure you follow us on Spotify for the latest music from your favourite Eurovision acts.