Now that Ukraine’s Jamala has won Eurovision 2016, the fan bubble is bursting with excitement over what city will host Eurovision 2017. Today the Ukrainian news portal InLviv.in.ua has revealed that Lviv, the seventh largest city in the country and the largest in Western Ukraine, is considered a front-runner among Ukrainians themselves.

A poll run by TSN.Tyzhnya gathered 30,000 votes and the general consensus was for Lviv. The city’s gorgeous Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Lonely Planet describes the city as “the country’s least Soviet” and one that “exudes the same authentic Central European charm as pre-tourism Prague or Krakow.”

Located near the border with Poland, the city came out on top of the poll with a massive 44% of the vote. The mayor of Lviv, Andriy Sadovyi, told Ukrainian media that Lviv is prepared to host Eurovision 2017 to the highest of standards, adding that Arena Lviv, one of the venues used for UEFA Euro 2012, would be more than suitable.

There’s just one catch: The arena doesn’t have a roof at the moment, which violates EBU rules for hosting. Rain + pyrotechnics doesn’t really work…

The Arena Lviv does not currently have a roof
The Arena Lviv does not currently have a roof

WIWIBLOGGS DISCUSSES UKRAINE’S WIN

Ukraine’s capital Kyiv came second with 21% of the vote.

The city is no stranger to hosting events like Eurovision 2017, as it hosted Eurovision 2005 after Ruslana won the contest in 2004 with her song “Wild Dances”, and it also hosted the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 and 2009.

Interestingly that may be the city’s biggest drawback. Officials in Ukraine may want to showcase a new part of their country and involve citizens outside of the capital.

Kyiv wants the gig. They have already put forward three potential venues for the contest next year – the Palace of Sports which hosted Eurovision 2005 and Junior Eurovision 2009 and 2013, the International Exhibition Centre and the Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, which the mayor of Kyiv, Vitali Klitschko, has put forward as his preferred option.

However, like the arena in Lviv, the stadium does not have a roof and would need one installed if it were to host the contest.

UKRAINE VICTORY – PRESS CENTRE REACTION

Do you think Lviv is a suitable host for Eurovision 2017? Or does Kyiv make the most sense? You can vote in our poll and leave your comments below!

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DS
DS
5 years ago

Many Ukrainian officials lobby against Kyiv. Head of National TV roots for his native Kharkov (but it would suck because of soviet ambience of that place). Odesa has some security concerns as Russia don’t leave their hope to get war corridor to Transnistria and Ukrainian secret service arrest russians spies and millitants planning diversions in Odesa on daily basis.
None of that happends in Lviv though and Lviv is accustomed to european tourists and will try to live up to expectations.

Fun from Spain
Fun from Spain
5 years ago

I’m interested in histroy of west europe, and I know that Lviv is typical Polish city. Lviv belonged to Poland. Polish King inherited a city in decline. So from 1349 to 1945, Lviv belonged to Poland – 600 years. 🙂

Anton
Anton
5 years ago

Most people in Ukraine including Kyivans want it to be Lviv (pronounced as spelled, maybe a bit more percisely: “lveew”) but in the end it most probably gonna be Kyiv since it has much better infrastructure and unlike Arena Lviv the venues are located in the city center.

Zebb
Zebb
5 years ago

@Oxana
Thx for that news, good if it won’t take a lot of resources. I suppose EBU considers big venues as another steps in ESC popularization.

Zoomy
Zoomy
5 years ago

@#Justice4Margaret European Poles 😀 Why are you destroying your monuments?

#Justice4Margaret
#Justice4Margaret
5 years ago

To those saying that hosting in Lviv would make the Polish people mad–no, the Poles are not petty. Poland has a European mentality, it’s not Azerbaijan or Russia.

#Justice4Margaret
#Justice4Margaret
5 years ago

I hope it’s Kiev as there are no flights to anywhere else in Ukraine from my country!

Donna
Donna
5 years ago

It would be a tie between Lviv and Odessa for me. Those cities are big enough to host the Eurovision and its time to give them a chance to host the contest because people need to see the other beautiful parts of Ukraine that’s beyond Kyiv. Chernivtsi would be nice too if they want to go for Western Ukraine (for safety purposes) except they only have an outdoor arena, not an indoor one.

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

Thanks to Wiwibloggs and fans for the good times over the past two years. This will be my last comment.

Music is what we share. Continue loving life and loving music. 🙂 D, signing off. x

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

Unbelievable! Fine, ignore me. Call me a dictator or worse. It won’t change a darn thing. Seems it really is too much to ask just to be nice to one another. What a sad bunch of people.

Stephen Colville
Stephen Colville
5 years ago

Guys, ignore this “David Who” person. He is talking nonsense. It is not illegal to hurt someone’s feelings on a comments section of a website. There is this thing called “freedom of expression” that he might want to look up.

Continue on as before and say what you like. Ignore the wannabe dictator.

David Who
David Who
5 years ago

I will repeat what I have typed before. In some European countries (including the UK) it is ILLEGAL to personally attack an individual through an online forum or comments section such as this. What some of you have done on here is considered A CRIME in some countries. In posting this message I can only refer generally to all of you – I cannot name usernames because otherwise I too would be committing a crime. But I can instead generally tell you all to be nice to one another. 🙂 Please also bear in mind that Wiwibloggs is based in… Read more »

escukr
escukr
5 years ago

The Junior Eurovision 2013 was held in Palace “Ukraine” not the Palace of Sports 🙂

Adam
Adam
5 years ago

Why does that user “Light Star” sound suspiciously like Mario Gay Love Vision from 2015 LMAO 😀 😀

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

@L S, I see. if you turned page then don’t look back. I mean at all. use your new nickname and ignore others nicknames. you turned that page, but you still attached to your old nickname if you react. make up your mind. old nickname or new page. the roof will be there, our officials already asked German architects if they can create construction plan for Arena in Kyiv, they said YES, and if Kyiv will be picked as hosting city Germans can proceed with roof project immediately. if it will happen we’ll have new record – biggest venue (will… Read more »

Zebb
Zebb
5 years ago

@Oxana
I mean there’s no real need to involve THAT big areas, especially if it’s undefined will full-closed roof be acceptable for one or another stadium, according to engineering issues which will come up inevitably. And big areas usually more inferior in sound-quality to smaller venues. Yes, I have interest for this questions rather than flooded comment section and I made my bet on Kyiv.

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Well then why have you already changed it to “LS”?

Just stick to one name, so people realize what’s what. Simple.

Jonas
Jonas
5 years ago

Some really creepy & unsettling comments here!

Just sayin’.

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

why you’re so obsessed with that roof? it’s not an issue, look at our buildings and industry projects, nothing is wrong with our construction offices and someone should come up with project of roof for the damned square. hello people!? couple of days ago biggest plane in the world landed in Australia. we built it. not to mention engines for European space program and many other things we do. a roof? c’mon, that’s not even funny

Zebb
Zebb
5 years ago

Is it that easy and fast to create even temporarily tent for stadium squares? Roofs which already exist are based on some projects. There’s spirit of inflated ambitions blown from that mayors… I would prefer safety and quality of small place rather than huge areas with wicked echo.

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

light star,
I’m a bit confused about name change and not aware of the full story. what was your old nickname and why you think that person tries to drive you nuts when adds relatively neutral words Mario and Legend?

Meow
Meow
5 years ago

Lviv look amazing!!! I want to go there next year!
It reminds me my vacation in Prague last year, and it was lovely…

karminowe.usta
karminowe.usta
5 years ago

Only Lviv because is the the safest city in Ukraine.

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

Sochi 2019!

Maya
Maya
5 years ago

I would love Lviv! It looks beautiful and Kiev has already hosted it

Light Star (Mario) = Legend
Light Star (Mario) = Legend
5 years ago

You have severe issue. Paranoia much? I post on the articles like I always do and have. For the millionth time I will say it again and again. It is clearly YOU with the issue. I have never post anything bad towards you that I am aware. Until now. I will not stop posting on this website because it is you who does not like it. Your problem. It is not mine. Get a grip man. Do you even know what legend means? I willing to let this go but as you KEEP posting awful comment towards me I will… Read more »

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

William! Please talk to us! We miss you!

Maxime
5 years ago

I hope Eurovision 2017 will take place in Lviv. This city seems to be very beautiful contrary to Kyiv. Lviv is one the richest and modern city in Ukraine. It one of the only ones which was not completly destroyed by WW2.
In Kyiv, the Palace of Sport is a bit too litlle but the olympic stadium is really to big. Lviv Arena is big, but not too much.

Lviv 2017 and just after, Paris 2018!

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
5 years ago

@Oxana

Good for you 🙂

@Light Star

You are right, we can’t be sure. I just made an assumption.

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

I just found myself listening album of Prodigy from 2015 and realized that I need some electronic music to clear my mind after listening to endless pop from eurovision format.
have you even had such issue? do you have any favorite music that is different from ESC format?
maybe wiwi editors can drop similar theme for us to discuss?

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

+The Brightest Falling Star
I think Sergey will be upset too! lol I`m sure!

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

The Brightest Falling Star,
🙂 don’t worry. It wont gonna happen. My claws are sharp as usual.
I’m not taking things personally anyway, tho sometimes I pretend I do, to call on guilty feeling 🙂

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

+The Brightest Falling Star
I am jealous!

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

Oxana!
You are necessary in Rada! Why you not there? Even Klichko sits there for a long time, he`s known for the “high” IQ though! You will have a cheerful company there! Think about it! lol

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
5 years ago

At 2:18 of the following video you can see the (possible) husband of William:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJBvpAbmMbw

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
5 years ago

@Oxana

Don’t let the haters bring you down, I’m saying it as a piece of advice 🙂

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

Light Star,
thank you! makes sense I guess.

maru fr,
There’s a big difference when you lie because you believe it’s true, and when you lie and you do it on purpose. I want to switch on your awareness so you can try new mode. Let’s see if you can lie knowing everything and if you will still enjoy yourself 🙂

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
5 years ago

@Light Star Finally, I found out about you! I had been wondering all year why you were not posting comments here anymore and I thought that you got bored of the site. Thank you for letting me know. I’m happy we are both stars 🙂 @Light Star (Mario) = Legend It’s not really nice to make fun of other people, you know. Even if you don’t mean to make fun of him, you can see that he is bothered so you should stop. @Maru fr That would be great, but William is already married. I think I have seen his… Read more »

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

Oxana
You are “a couch politician”! lol

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

Can’t we just stick to the topic please? Reading the comment sections under the articles has become tedious in recent days…

About the article, I don’t really care where they’ll host it, as long as it’s safe for everybody.

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

Light Star, thank you for your kind words. I appreciate it! Russians, here’s your homework for today: have internet research to determine why Russia supports Right Sector and why it gives free advertising to this organization. Why Russian media always on the spot when Right Sector or other radicals do something? Who controls Right Sector? Do they oppose Ukrainian government or do they assist to government? What is Russian goals in Ukraine: to boot current government – junta – as they call it? Why Russia and Right Sector have the same goal and at the same time pretend that they… Read more »

Oxana
Oxana
5 years ago

anka, no my dear, I’m not saying that I possess godly grammar, actually I dumped grammar part (Oxford course, who in his mind can suffer it thru?) because for my work I had to pass only vocabulary test and something like literacy for upper intermediate in US English. believe me, it does not need any perfect grammar in US English to get it done. My main English usage lies with US English speaking people who is not concerned with grammar just like myself. what I actually pointed at in Alex texts is his grammar in conjunction with his crazy Russia-alike… Read more »

Light Star (Mario) = Legend
Light Star (Mario) = Legend
5 years ago

Ok let me say this. My nickname was made as light hearted joke. You are the one who is nasty as usual. I have no other accounts. Wiwi would know this. I even have same picture how is this possible? It’s also kind of impossible for me to be homophobe to, by the way. 😉 you know.

This is my last comment on the matter. Stop being so rude to others. It is not me, but you!

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

Light Star
Wow William`s husband isn`t jealous when he flirts with other guys?))

Light Star (Mario) = Legend
Light Star (Mario) = Legend
5 years ago

@ The Brightest Falling Star

No. Light Star is ‘Mario my vision of gay love’. My nickname is homage to this. 😉

Light Star (Mario) = Legend
Light Star (Mario) = Legend
5 years ago

First thing this is my only account on the ESC site. 😉 ok? Yes. You are the one with issue here, I don’t even talk direct to you. Stop.

Second thing is I really hope they choose Lviv and build the roof on the arena. It looks very beautiful and historic place.

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

The Brightest Falling Star
Yes) Deban and William a couple?)

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
5 years ago

@Light Star

By the way, is Mario=Legend this guy from last year with the nickname “My Vision Of Gay Love”? He was called Mario too and he used to talk about hot men and things like that.

Maru fr
Maru fr
5 years ago

How to correct the comment?

The Brightest Falling Star
The Brightest Falling Star
5 years ago

@Maru fr

My favorite wiwiblogger is Deban. Isn’t he such a sweetheart?