Eurovision runner-up Sam Ryder reminded fans that next year's competition will still be "Ukraine’s party" following the announcement that it will be held in the UK in 2023.

The British singer said his "heart was heavy" knowing that the world-famous song contest could not be held in Ukraine but was quick to add that the UK would be part of a group of "loving facilitators".

Organisers, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), previously decided the event could not be held in war-torn Ukraine following the Russian invasion.

This was despite Ukrainian entry Kalush Orchestra triumphing at this year’s competition in Turin, Italy.

Kalush Orchestra

"Hey friends, just a couple of thoughts," Ryder said in an Instagram video. "It’s Ukraine’s party, we’re just inviting them to throw it at our house.

"I know how much it meant to Kalush and the Ukrainian delegation that it would be held at home in Ukraine next year.

"I’m not the only one whose heart is heavy knowing that that can’t be the case at this moment in time.

He added: "We know how to throw a party here in the UK and our excitement is outshone only by our focus on that one sole objective to hold space and be on hand to help wherever needed to host an event that celebrates Ukrainian culture, history and music and to stand in solidarity with the rest of the globe shining a unified light.

"The rest of us are just loving facilitators and there is no doubt in my mind that we will all come together in the spirit of unity that Eurovision has always been about to celebrate the wonderful people of Ukraine."

Ryder’s message comes as several of Britain’s major cities, including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds, threw their hat into the ring to host Eurovision.

The bidding process will begin this week, with the BBC and EBU jointly making the final decision on which city will host.

Ukraine will automatically qualify for the grand final alongside the so-called big five nations - the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, who each get a free pass because of their financial contributions to the event.

Sam Ryder at the Eurovision

This year’s contest in May saw Ryder top the jury vote before Kalush Orchestra went on to win overall following a symbolic show of public support which saw them soar to first place with 631 points.

They had been the frontrunners since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February - which prompted organisers to ban the Russian entrant from competing.

It remains unclear whether the BBC will have to fund the contest from its current licence fee allocation or if it will be given further money, although it is in current talks with the Government on the issue.