FINALLY! We have an answer! After the announcement has been postponed many times, we’ve now been informed that it will in fact be the capital of Ukraine, Kyiv who will host the 2017 Eurovision song contest!
The European Broadcasting Union and the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) have decided that Kyiv is the ideal location to hold the contest, over the other two strong shortlisted bids from Odessa and Dnipro. You’ll remember that 6 cities submitted bids to host, which include the aforementioned, and then also Kharkiv, Kherson and Lviv. The shortlisted cities of Kyiv, Odessa and Odessa were carefully considered, and the delays for the announcement came out of wanting to make sure that the choice fit all the criteria set out by the EBU.
The venue that will hold the contest is the International Exhibition Centre, which is the largest venue of its kind in Ukraine. The capacity is 11,000, and is accessible by public transport (the nearest metro stop is a 10 minute walk from the venue).
Executive Supervisor for the EBU, Jon Ola Sand states, ‘After a thorough selection process, we are very pleased to be announcing today that NTU will be working with Kyiv as host city for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We would like to congratulate NTU on their extensive and careful assessments of each bid. Kyiv presented an excellent case and we are looking forward to working together to create the most electrifying show yet next May’.
The Deputy Director General of NTU, Victoria Romanova has said, ‘In the course of the selection we were deeply impressed with the efforts made by the bidding cities, the professionalism of their teams and the serious approach to their participation in the Bid. The process has demonstrated an unprecedented interest in the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine. We look forward to maintaining that momentum, with thanks and congratulations to Kyiv – the host city of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
The dates for the contest are now also set in stone. The live shows will take place on Tuesday the 9th of May, Thursday the 11th of May and the final to be held on Saturday the 13th of May. As for the countries participating, we won’t know the complete list for a little while yet… The countries have until mid-September to submit their applications, and then the full list of participating countries will be released closer to the end of the year. The semi-final allocation draw will then take place in January next year.
For those interested in buying tickets, you’re likely to be waiting until next year. More announcements regarding the tickets will come during the next few months. It is also being advised that those wishing to buy tickets should do so only through the official channels. At least now for fans, flights and hotels can be booked in advance knowing which city will be hosting the contest.
This is not the first time Ukraine has hosted Eurovision. You may remember the contest back in 2005, which was also held in Kyiv, at the Palace of Sports. Ukraine has also hosted Junior Eurovision twice now – once at the Palace of Sports, and then in 2013 at Palace Ukraine.
More information about the 2017 contest will start flowing now that the host city has been chosen, so keep checking back, as we will bring you all the information you need to get ready for another year of Eurovision!
For now, let’s look back on 2005 with a recap courtesy of Eurovision.tv: