Eurovision 2017: Kyiv all set to kick off ESC preparations

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Kyiv, the magnificent Ukrainian capital is all set to kick off preparations for forthcoming 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, whilst the 2017 host city is yet to be determined.

Interfax Ukraine reports that Kyiv is gearing up preparations for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest. Kyiv’s Mayor Mr. Vitali Klitschko is determined to bring the contest to the Ukrainan capital and organize the competition in the highest level. Kyiv has several potential venues on the table including the 2005 Eurovision venue Sports Palace and the newly built Olympisky National Sports Complex.

The Olympisky National Complex will require a roof as the stadium is currently an open air venue.

Who wants to host the competition?

Several cities across Ukraine have showcased their interested and said they are willing to host the Eurovision Song Contest: Lviv, Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa and Kherson.

What is the procedure?

Currently the Ukrainian national broadcaster is evaluating all the requirements for hosting the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest: the budget, the financing, sponsors, potential venues and host cities, security, transport etc.

Ukraine has already hosted the competition back in 2005, but in those days it the Eurovision Song Contest consisted of 2 shows (a semi-final and the final), today the competition consists of 3 shows ( 2 semi-finals and the grand final).

On 1 June NTU and EBU are set to have a meeting in Kyiv where the EBU will put forward the requirements, norms, rules and regulations for hosting the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Hereafter all interested cities will be invited to enter their respective bids if they comply with the requirements.

After the bids are submitted both NTU and the EBU will evaluate and study all the applications and make their deliberation.

Bidding cities will have to meet all of EBU’s requirements : transport, security, hotel capacity, premises, venue, international air connections, infrastructure, press centre, facilities etc.

The official announcement of the 2017 Eurovision host city is expected to take place latest by late summer.

Jamala won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm with her entry 1944 and thus brought the contest to Ukrainian soil for the 2nd time in Eurovision history.

The preliminary dates for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest have been set on 16, 18 and 20 May.