The Eurovision Song Contest isn’t meant to be taken too seriously — and neither is the suggestion that next year’s competition could happen in Belfast.
Certainly, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky seems determined that his country will be the 2023 hosts, and further suggested that "one day" the contest will be held "in a Ukrainian Mariupol" — a city that has been razed to the ground by Russian forces.
While winning a song contest may seem unimportant as Ukraine’s ongoing war with a strong and belligerent enemy continues, the power of music to unite and lift morale was clear on Saturday night.
It’s something Northern Ireland c an relate to, whether it was Stiff Little Fingers’ punk anthem Alternative Ulster backing a rejection of sectarianism, or U2 and Ash performing together at a gig to back the Agreement.
With the UK in second place at Eurovision, it is likely to feature in the organisers’ ‘Plan B’ should the war in Ukraine make next year’s contest there an impossibility — in which case Belfast being host city might not sound so crazy after all!