Eurovision 2017 – Some are reporting an announcement tomorrow whilst others say the announcement will be made August 1st. Either way, within the next week we will know where Eurovision 2017 will be held. Hopefully definitive dates will be revealed too so fans can start organising.
Following Jamala’s win back in May, six Ukranian Cities put themselves forward to host Eurovision 2017 . These were Kyiv, Lviv, Dnipro, Odessa, Kharkiv and Kherson. Last week the Ukraine Broadcaster NTU hosted a live show where representatives from each city came and made their case hoping to be shortlisted into the final three. The winners were Kyiv, Odessa and Dnipro and in the past few days, NTU and the EBU have made visits to all three cities before making their final decision.
Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine which made it the most obvious choice after Jamala was announced the winner of 2016. It has hosted Eurovision before back in 2005 when Ruslana won in 2004. They have also hosted two Junior Eurovision Song Contests back in 2009 and 2012.
Kyiv has expressed that the show venue will be The Palace of Sports which seats 10,000 and will open up facilities in the Olimpiyskiy Stadium for press and fans.
Above: The Palace of Sports, Kyiv
Odessa however is proving a major contender for the hosting duties becoming a fan favourite to host. Odessa is located on the south coast next to the Black Sea so sunbathing between shows is a definite option. Odessa have proposed the 10,000 seated Chornomorets Stadium as the venue planning to build a roof to the stadium before next May. It worked for Düsseldorf back when they hosted in 2011.
Above: Chornomorets Stadium, Odessa
Finally we have the underdog Dnipro who were surprisingly able to beat off early favourite Lviv. Dnipro do not yet have a suitable venue ready to go. The EuroArena which seats 9,500 is currently under construction and is said to be large enough to be the Press Centre as well as the EuroClub.
Above: Dnipro City
Each city has produced a promotional video for their cities to help NTU and the EBU head guys decide on the best city to host one of the largest competitions in the world. You can view these below:
So what do you think of the shortlisted cities? Should Lviv, Kharkiv or Kherson been shortlisted over the final three? More importantly who do you think will host Eurovision 2017? Vote and comment Below:
Update: It now looks to be confirmed that the announcement will be made tomorrow, 27th July at 12 noon local time (10am GMT, 11am CET).
Update 2: The date has changed again and has been pushed back to August 1st for the winning city to be announced!