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…
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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.
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