NTU, the Ukrainian and Eurovision 2017 broadcaster, has revealed that a total of over 10,000 applications have been received wishing to join the Eurovision volunteering program.
Victoria Romanova, Executive Producer of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, spoke of the number of applications received:
We were pleasantly surprised when, during the first day of volunteer applications, we received more than 1,500 completed questionnaires. Now there are more than ten thousand, among them are applications from foreign nationals based in 17 countries.
We have received letters not only from neighbouring European countries, but we have also received profiles from Australia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and South Korea. This is an indication that the world is watching our preparations for Eurovision and Ukraine in spring 2017.
Huge number of multilingual applicants
A vast selection of submissions received to date include applicants with plenty of international experience, a number of whom have experience with a number of different languages; with experienced volunteers who are fluent in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese speakers, other languages listed include Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Hebrew, Japanese, Arabic and Hindi.
The first stage of volunteer applications will end on the 17 February, from which the second stage of applications will begin; the interview stage.
In total, 750 volunteers will be shortlisted who will each help in a number of sections included within the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Training will take place from March to April, covering areas such as logistics, accreditations and hosting.
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 9, 11 and 13 May at the International Exhibition Centre in the host city of Kyiv, Ukraine.