Eurovision 2017: Highlights from the hosts press conference

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The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest hosts Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk, and Timur Miroshnychenko attended a special press conference yesterday where they shared their thoughts about their preparations for the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest.

The press conference was held at the Ukraine Crisis Media Center in Kyiv yesterday. The 2017 Eurovision hosts have begun the most crucial period of rehearsals. They spoke about the preparation and their ideas at a press briefing held at Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

You can see the press conference below courtesy of Ukraine Crisis Media Center.

Hosts Volodymyr Ostapchuk, Oleksandr Skichko and Timur Miroshnychenko have revealed that they preparing lots of surprises. They have closely viewed videos from the previous contests, analyzed the errors and tricks of the hosts.

Timur Miroshnychenko says:

We are not going to imitate anyone, it is wrong in terms of professional ethics.

Volodymyr Ostapchuk says:

One of the main accusations to us was if we can surpass the performance of Måns and Petra in 2016. No, this is not our goal. Our goal is to show the Ukrainian version, show that we are Europeans, show that we have talents, that Ukraine is great, European and versatile. Celebrate diversity is vivid in almost all of our performances

According to the boys, there are no girls among the hosts not because it was planned, but because it just happened this way. They were selected on such criteria as the level of English, TV-experience, ability to work on live television broadcast, ability to cope with stress and to work in a team.

Oleksandr Skichko says:

For the first time in the Eurovision history, three boys will be the hosts. It is nice to introduce something new

Thanks to mutual English lessons and rehearsals, they see each other almost every day.

Oleksadr adds:

Now the Eurovision Contest to us is something we are thinking of when we wake up and go to bed. We either watch presentations or practice English.

Volodymyr goes on to comment:

Most rehearsals take place in an ordinary gym. All our movements are counted. It is not just an appearance of 2-3 hosts on the stage, it is a huge work of many people. The hardest part is to combine everything. We provide for all contingencies, – that is why it is out of the question that something will go wrong.

Timur adds:

The first script writers  from London have already arrived to Ukraine, and tomorrow we will meet with them directly at the arena to continue our rehearsals

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