EDITORIAL – Now that Ukraine is going to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and while we all anticipate to hear the hosting city name, I couldn’t help it by asking myself who’s going to host the event. In 2005 Maria Efrosinina and Pavlo Shylko, did a somehow decent job hosting the event although we all know they are not in the list with the most memorable hosts in the Eurovision Song Contest history.
Therefore I see (and somehow I know…) that Ruslana, Jamala, Zlata and Ani Lorak will be the centre of the discussions for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Actually not all of three of them. Despite a successful hosting in the 2009 Junior Eurovision edition, Ani Lorak is nowadays a “persona non grata” in the Ukrainian society and furthermore government as she is focused more in the Russian market and not in the Ukrainian one, causing lot of controversy especially now that the two countries are in a political turmoil.
Therefore I see Ruslana and Jamala fighting for the hosting of the event. They are both interested, I learned, and they are both eager to get the spot. But can two divas host the event or will this end into a catfight? Ruslana’s English might have been improved but I don’t see how she can deliver a hosting of an international event like the Eurovision Song Contest. Jamala could be the ideal solution as she speaks decent English and she is the recent hero in the country.
There is a fourth option which hosted the 2013 Junior Eurovision edition in Kyiv. Zlata Ognevich (Ukraine 2013) could also be ideal for the hosting job as she has the best English among all mentioned Eurovision stars. She is definitely interested and she could be actually a good choice although I would love to see more authenticity and more humour from Zlata hosting the event and not the stiff presentation she did in JESC 2013.
Could another name surprise us? I think yes, after all I don’t think it will be a one-person show and if the two Eurovision winners (Ruslana and Jamala) are intending to enter the hosting game then a man should be added. Will Pasha (2005) do it again? He remains a popular TV figure in the country and he is definitely eager for some Eurovision exposure again.
Of course, everyone’s wishful thinking is Verka Seduchka (aka Andrey Danilko) to take over the event. He could be a one host combining humour and originality. After all everyone loves Verka and he was successfully participated in the funny videos of Eurovision 2016, not to mention the amazing way he delivered the votes of Ukraine during the Final.
This is the point where I would like to suggest to NTU to definitely not fall for the simplest solution. They should do something extra ordinary and make the Ukrainian Eurovision edition memorable, international and unique! Well, this is just my wishful thinking anyway!