Book your flights and get the hotel sorted. Ukrainian media are reporting that following a meeting today, the EBU has confirmed that Kyiv will definitely be hosting Eurovision 2017. This comes after the contest seemed to be under threat of being moved away, due to delays in preparation.
Back in November, Ukrainian broadcaster NTU’s acting director, Alexander Harebin, spoke out about the issues with hosting Eurovision. At one point, Harebin said, Ukraine were three months behind in their preparations in October.
The broadcaster had apparently moved to only being a month behind by the end of October, but further issues appeared. Former head Zurab Alasania resigned due to budget issues in November, which was the first real insight in to the issues facing NTU. The St. Sofia Cathedral, earmarked as the opening ceremony location, was also pulled due to religious leaders objecting to its usage.
At the time this news initially came out, however, Harebin seemed confident, saying:
While the team of NTU and the team of the EBU work and fight, and this is a struggle, a daily struggle with the system, sabotage, corruption and nepotism, all is well. We can handle it.
It now seems Harebin’s confidence was warranted. Whilst the EBU have yet to comment, we’ll be expecting some words from them in the next few days, as is customary when they visit the host city. At least, this draws to a close the long running saga that has been the host city selection process. Y’all, we can celebrate!
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