Eurovision 2017: EBU gives NTU and Kyiv the nod to host the contest!

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The EBU has given its nod to NTU to host the forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv next May, despite the hurdles and challenges afflicting the broadcaster.

So no need to worry as we are definately travelling to the majestic Ukrainian capital next May. If you haven’t booked your hotel and flight yet then go ahead as Kyiv promises to celebrate the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest in the best possible way!  Kyiv is all set to welcome thousands of Eurovision fans and visitors when the Eurovision bandwagon lands in town!

NTU officials Ms. Victoria Romanova and Mr. Oleksandr Kharebin have met EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest Mr. Jon Ola Sand at the Winter EBU Assembly in Lausanne, Switzerland. Both the EBU and Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group have met up with NTU and given their nod for Kyiv to hold the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

The preparations for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest were discussed during the meeting.

The road to Kyiv has not been an easy one, as the Ukrainian national broadcaster has faced many challenges and hurdles in its quest to organize the contest: finding a suitable venue,  legistlative and budgetary issues to be addressed and solved etc.

Mr. Jon Ola Sand is confident that both Ukraine and NTU will host the fortchoming 2017 ESC successfully despite the challenges and hurdles afflicting the organization. Mr. Sand has stated that NTU and the City of Kyiv have made a lot of progress in the last days, adding that the NTU Core Team has been set up and that the Reference Group have full confidence in them to overcome the challenges that remain.

Ms.Victoria Romanova and Mr. Oleksander Kharebin were announced as the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest  Executive Producers last week along with Mr.Stuart Barlow as the 2017 ESC Show Producer. NTU’s Eurovision Core Team is currently working earnestly in order to fullfil its tasks: production of the show, the stage design, the postcards and the theme artwork.

Tickets sales for ESC 2017 are expected to kick off by January. The EBU and Reference Group will be closely monitoring NTU and Kyiv’s progress in the coming weeks.

The next Eurovision Reference Group meeting is scheduled to be held by the end of January in Kyiv coinciding with the Semifinal Allocation Draw.

The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 9, 11 and 13 May at the IEC in Kyiv, Ukraine.

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