UKRAINE – Today the Eurovision 2017 organising committee finally announced Kyiv as the host city for the event. The decision was made by 19 votes in favour of Kyiv and 2 in favour of Odessa (plus 1 abstained vote).
Minister of Culture Ievhen Nyschuk said during the press conference that Kyiv was the best option because of its two airports, good accommodation options and figures and explained that Dnipro required an arena revamp which should have started a month ago and also problems with the accommodation capability of the city. Regarding Odessa he said that there were big concerns of how the roof construction will take place in terms of funding, deadlines and effectivness (we all remember after all what happened in Copenhagen in 2014). Odessa also had problems with the airport as there were concerns regarding the March deadline of the new terminal and of course safety issues as there were big episodes last May. It wasn’t far from taking the job though as Odessa was ready to invest 150 mln UAH directly to the contest, 300 mln – to cover the Arena, and 1 billion UAH to the infrastructure, which in any case would be used for this purpose. Kyiv has guaranteed to allocate not less that 200 million UAH for the contest itself and again 1 billion UAH for the preparation of location and infrastructure.
Director General of NTU Zurab Alasania said that the Prime Minister and the President of Ukraine played a key role to the organising committee in which they participated but the decision was made purely on facts and deadlines and not on political basis. There was a delay in the announcement because there were real debates, discussions and concerns not political games. He also said that the city of Stockholm will provide any technical help to Ukraine, sharing their experience, to make the next show edition another great success, something that recently discussed between Ukrainian and Swedish ambassadors.
EBU’s Executive Supervisor for the Eurovision Song Contest Jon Ola Sand said that he is pleased that NTU decided Kyiv as host city for the event and congratulated the Ukrainian national broadcaster for the hard work.
Governor of Odessa region, Mikheil Saakachvili said that although he loves Kyiv, Odessa lost the contest due to political and economic games.
Dnipro Mayor Boris Filatov also sad for the decision, said that Ukrainian regions are not given the opportunity to show the great face of Ukraine to the world calling “shame and profanity”. Dnipro regional administrator said that instead of doing something different, they used Kyiv to do once again the same Eurovision thing!
Kyiv’s Mayor Vitali Klitschko proud of course for the decision said that Kyiv will host a great Eurovision Song Contest in high level. The city which host 2005 Eurovision, 2012 Euro, 2009 and 2013 Junior Eurovision has the experience to organise a high levelled show, pointing that there are 265 votes in Kyiv for potential 23,000 visitors. He praised his competitors for their bids and ideas and called for other cities to make Eurovision fan zones to join the big party of Ukraine next May.