Ukraine broadcaster NTU have met today to begin planning for Eurovision 2017, and one of their first tasks was to propose new dates for the shows, with the grand final now having the provisional date of 13 May 2017.
The EBU’s original provisional dates for the 2017 competition were 16, 18 and 20 May 2017. But now host broadcaster NTU are wanting to shift it one week earlier, with the shows held on 9, 11 and 13 May, and the general event held from 30 April to 14 May.
The EBU originally chose its provisional dates at the Head of Delegations meeting back in March. The dates were carefully selected to avoid clashing with things like major sporting events that might detract from the potential Eurovision audience. However, the host broadcaster has the right to request changes to the dates, subject to approval from the EBU. As always, don’t go booking your flights yet!
It’s not uncommon for host dates to be changed. In July 2014, Austrian host broadcaster ORF announced that the dates of Eurovision 2015 would be moved to one week later than originally proposed. The EBU has approved the proposed change almost immediately, saying that the new dates suited the EBU for “technical reasons”.
Will the EBU be as quick to respond to NTU’s changes this year? Or is there more to consider?
NTU is also estimating that Eurovision 2017 will attract entries from between 38 to 43 countries. So far 20 countries have confirmed their participation, and we know that Brexit won’t prevent the UK from entering.
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