Six cities across Ukraine are in the running to hosting the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in 2017.
Today marks the end of the submissions period for bids to host. NTU opened the submissions window for interested cities on June 24 and since then a total of six cities across Ukraine have submitted their bids.
The six cities in the running are:
The Minister of Culture Yevhen Nyschuk who has previously spoken about the lack of suitable venue in Ukraine has stated that of the six cities it is unlikely that Kherson will win their bid. In a statement Mr Nyschuk said that he welcomed the bid from Kherson and their recognition of the investments needed to host. However he stated that the remaining five cities all had an equal chance of hosting the contest.
Issues have already arisen around the bid from Kyiv with the bids planned use of the Palace of Sports conflicting with planned international Ice Hockey matches. While Kharkiv has already revealed their plans to host the contest at the Metalist Stadium.
The bidding process will now enter the second stage. From July 8 to July 15 the working group of NTU and a representative of the organising committee will be preliminary analysing the applications. From there the bidding cities will be invited to present their bids on July 18 to July 22, with two cities being selected to go through to the final round. The criteria to host the contest can be seen in full here.