After Ukraine won this year’s Eurovision Song Contest with a record large public vote, at least one Norwegian Eurovision fan is proposing that state broadcaster NRK and others help Ukraine mount next year’s show. The country winning Eurovision traditionally is obligated to host the huge contest the following year.
“It would be great for them to be able to arrange it next year,” Eurovision expert and enthusiast Anders Martinius Tangen told newspaper Dagsavisen. “Perhaps other members of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU, including Norway) can help share the costs?” He added that despite the war and all the destruction Russia already has inflicted upon its neighbour, Ukraine “may want to use the opportunity to profile its position for a large audience.”
Eurovision boss Martin Österdahl congratulated Ukraine with its victory, after its Kalush Orchestra won the contest Saturday night with its song Stefania. He said that planning for next year’s show begins immediately, now with Ukraine’s UA:PBC. “There will clearly be some special challenges to host next year’s competition,” he told news bureau NTB.
Norway’s own Eurovision entry, a costumed duo calling themselves Subwoolfer, placed 10th. Their unusual song, entitled Give that wolf a banana, won just 36 points from the professional jury and 146 points from the public vote. That compared to Ukraine’s 192 points from the jury and a record 439 points from the public. Greek-Norwegian singer Amanda Tenfjord, who represented Greece, placed eighth, with 158 jury points and 57 from the public.