Over the past two days, visits have been made to cities across Ukraine by an organisational committee, along with representatives from the European Broadcasting Union – regarding the location of the 2017 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Kyiv, Dnipro and Odessa make up the last running of what has been dubbed as the City Battle, and although all three are serious considerations for being the next Eurovision host city, concerns regarding their capacities for the event have been detailed as a result of the inspections of the last 48 hours.
The main drawback of Kyiv being selected is that the contest venue (either the Palace of Sports or the International Exhibition Centre) would still need “a lot of technical work”, according to Eurovision’s executive producer Jon Ola Sand. Dnipro’s central issue is that the city reportedly does not have sufficient infrastructure to host, meanwhile the proposed Chornomorets Stadium in Odessa lacks a roof – a fundamental requirement for a venue to facilitate the contest – although a plan to use a giant tent to overcome the problem has been officially put forward.
Another episode of City Battle was televised this evening, on which Ukraine’s minister of culture, Yevhen Nyshchuk, admitted that the relevant delegates are still far from a final decision, and that an announcement may well be delayed yet again by as long as two weeks from the 1st of August. Originally, the decision was going to be declared today, the 27th of July. Despite the troubles that are coming with choosing a host in Ukraine, prime minister Volodymyr Groysman is optimistic that Eurovision will absolutely take place in the country, and has announced that an excess of 15 million Euros will be spent to ensure that this happens.
The preliminary dates for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 are the 9th, 11th and 13th of May, though there is a moderate possibility that these dates will change, following the official announcement of the host city.