Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine: Debate begins on choosing host city

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Just days after Ukrainian singer Jamala triumphed at Eurovision with her powerful performance of ‘1944’, discussions have already started on which Ukrainian city should host the musical extravaganza
08:29, 17 May 2016

After Jamala's win at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, numerous Ukrainian cities have declared their wish to host the next competition. "Eurovision 2005," which Ruslana brought to Ukraine, was hosted in the Ukrainian capital. Now, the other cities have the right to apply to hold the event.  However, Kyiv mayor Vitaliy Klitschko, apparently, is not going to give this honorable mission to someone else.

Immediately after the competition results were announced, Klitschko stated that Kyiv is to host Eurovision for the second time. One of the possible sites for the competition could be  Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, he said.

“Kyiv is ready for the Eurovision. Discussions about the other cities are not baseless because Kyiv is the most prepared city for such important events. I am sure that we would deal with all the tasks: organization of the competition, rule of law, infrastructure, and transport links for guests," Klitschko said.

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Nevertheless, mayors of other cities are also ready to organize the competition. In particular, the mayor of Dnipropetrovsk Borys Filatov now intends to submit a proposal to Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman.

"This is the Russian-speaking city that stopped the "Russian world," "Southern Capital" of the Russian Empire, which placed "Novorossia" in the coffin. The heart of the Cossack region. A city with a Jewish soul. A new home for 76,000 displaced persons from Ukrainian Donbas. Homeland of the volunteerism. United local team of the regional councils and the regional state administration. The strongest and the largest national community-developed infrastructure," mayor lists the benefits of the city of Dnipropetrovsk.

Odesa Mayor Gennady Truhanov proposes to hold "Eurovision-2017" in the Black Sea resort.

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"Odesa and Odesan citizens congratulate Jamala with a victory at the "Eurovision!" I am sure that next year Ukraine will host the song contest at a high level. A platform worthy of such a prestigious competition may become our Odesa," he said.

Popular singer Lara Fabian For also supports Odesa. "Congratulations, Jamala! I hope the next "Eurovision" to be held in Odesa," Lara noted.

Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy also announced his readiness to organize "Eurovision," noting that the Lviv has a good infrastructure, a sufficient number of hotels and catering establishments.

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"The decision, which city will be organizing the next song contest, is important. It means what we want to show and which Ukraine we want to show Ukraine... We are ready to host "Eurovision" at the highest level," said Sadovy.

An unfinished hall, intended for the European Basketball Championship, might serve as a platform for the competition here.

Unexpectedly, Kherson joined the struggle for the "Eurovision." The mayor Volodymyr Mykolayenko states it would give the city an incentive for development.

"For our border town it would be a great stimulus for the growth, attracting investments, and also in political key this is significant. We have already proved that Kherson is Ukraine. Now we would have a chance to prove that Kherson is Europe," said the mayor of the city.

Kherson Governor Gordeyev underlines the political aspect of the event.

"Such an event would have not only economic but also political importance. But economic factors are crucial in the decision-making and representation of Kherson as a possible venue for "Eurovision-2017." We need to have a developed airport, modern highways, European infrastructure, and lobbying Kherson at the national and international level,"he added.

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There are also some offers from the category of fiction. For example, the leader of the "Fatherland" party Yulia Tymoshenko would like to see the contest "Eurovision-2017" in Crimea.

Jamala confessed that she would like to see the song contest in Crimea, but thinks it is unlikely. The so-called "vice-premier of the Crimean government," Dmitry Polonsky said that "Eurovision-2017" would not take place on the peninsula under no circumstances.

"If the Ukrainian government would rename one of their regions in "Crimea," they might host there something. But Crimea is the territory of Russia, and these plans will not come true," said Polonsky.

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Small city of Irpin (Kyiv region) decided not to lag behind the bit cities. Mayor Vladimir Karplyuk wrote on his Facebook: "Irpin will be ready to take the next "Eurovision".. Jamala’s talent makes Ukraine a famous country. She does not complain, but works hard. This victory should be the beginning of a spiritual reunification of all parts of Ukraine, including occupied Crimea and Donbas."

Recall that in 2005 "Eurovision" was held in Kyiv Sports Palace. More than $ 100 million were spent for the organization.

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