It has been revealed that Kiev will host the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time in 2017. The announcement had been expected in early July, but the final decision was delayed a number of times as Ukrainian broadcaster (NTU) and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) wanted to ensure the correct decision had been made.
There were a total of six cities who had applied to be considered to host the contest in 2017. This was shortlisted to three (Dnipro, Kiev and Odessa) with deliberations going back and forth for the past few weeks on whether it should be Kiev or Odessa in particular. It looked as if there would be an announcement on Ukrainian Independence Day at the end of August, but the scheduled press conference was cancelled last minute amidst reports that the decision (some reporting Odessa as the pick) had been blocked (rumours pointing towards Kiev’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko).
EBU Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand said this of the decision:
After a thorough selection process, we are very pleased to be announcing today that NTU will be working with Kyiv as host city for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We would like to congratulate NTU on their extensive and careful assessments of each bid. Kyiv presented an excellent case and we are looking forward to working together to create the most electrifying show yet next May.
The host venue will be the International Exhibition Centre which has a capacity of 11,000. Kiev is no stranger to Eurovision having hosted the Contest in 2005 following Ruslana’s win for ‘Wild Dances’ and has also hosted the Junior Eurovision twice in 2009 and in 2013.
The dates for the Contest have provisionally been set as Tuesday 9th May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 11th May (Second Semi-Final), with the Grand Final on Saturday 13th May. The first wave of tickets are expected to go on sale in December.