The host city bidding process for Eurovision 2017 is in full swing. As we previously reported, Ukrainian broadcaster NTU is airing a “City Battle” tomorrow, 20 July. During the two-hour programme representatives from the bidding cities will present their proposals live in front of the entire country. With less than 24 hours to go until the event, the woman responsible for bringing the contest to Ukraine has revealed which city she wants to host. Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv, Dnipro and Kherson are all in the race, but Jamala wants to take us to Odessa.
You may ask why. Apparently it’s down to the atmosphere. The “1944” singer had only positive words to say:
Wherever you go — it’s delightful, the people are smiling, the air from the sea. God himself ordered to organise festivals, movie festivals.
Her PR-manager — who is also a member of the committee responsible for organising the 2017 contest — Denis Kozlovskiy adds that while Odessa’s Spartak stadium currently lacks a roof, it has capacity for at least 15,000 people. Kyiv’s Palace of Sport is the only other venue that comes close to it in terms of size.
Odessa Trailer for Eurovision 2017
Only yesterday, the city’s authorities released an official presentation video for Odessa. And we’re very impressed! It showcases the area’s beautiful surroundings, magnificent architecture, one of the most spectacular theatres in the world and, of course, the sea. Who doesn’t want Eurovision to be hosted next to the seaside? Imagine packing your swimsuit alongside your flags! And what about a Euroclub on the beach?
The video also shows the Chornomorets stadium, which is considered to be the venue for Odessa’s bid. It is located right by the coast. As with many other Ukrainian venues, it lacks a roof. But that problem can be solved.
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