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.

What city should host Eurovision 2017? Lviv or Kyiv?

What do you think about Odessa? Do you agree with Jamala? Would you like the contest to be held there? Let us know in the comments below.

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Xav
Xav
5 years ago

Would not recommend any cities in Ukraine. The only good thing was , you will feel like a millionaire there cause it is so cheap???? that is the only good point

Xav
Xav
5 years ago

And dangerous too! I was in Kiev foe Eurovision 2005, i hated it, people make you very unwelcome. I would recommend it or go again

Darren
Darren
5 years ago

Odessa looks nice and it would have a warm climate, so people could hit the beach in between semi finals. Odessa would have been one of my top choices for host city, lost of history, tourist sites, beaches, nightlife and it looks pretty, but I’ve heard it is one of the most unsafe cities in Ukraine right now. I’m still thinking it would be Kyiv or Lviv, but I really wouldn’t mind if Odessa is chosen.

somebody
somebody
5 years ago

If someone is still interested, how to pronounce Lviv, try to enter ‘liviev’ in google translate and listen to this 🙂

1942
1942
5 years ago

Odessa is a nice Russian town. Found by Catherine the Great, it was designed in Russian neo-classical style. It would be a great place for Eurovision. And I don’t think that Kyiv is an obvious choice, because it is the center of homophobia and racial discrimination of Ukraine. Moreover, it is the center of social protests. The new Maidan revolution can begin in December, 2016 thus even if being chosen, most probably Kyiv would be replaced by another city.

1942
1942
5 years ago

@Tony So what? Crimea is probably the safest place on the Earth at the moment and it was the safest place in Ukraine during the coup d’etat of 2014.

ella
ella
5 years ago

Is it safe now in Odessa?

Andrew
Andrew
5 years ago

Every city in the world has history of some clashes. Odessa suffered some tragic events in 2014, as Kyiv, and many other ukrainian cities. It is time to move on.

Jocelyn
5 years ago

I would prefer Lviv or Odessa, but Kyiv is probably going to host :/

Tony
Tony
5 years ago

Odessa IS closer to Crimea too

Ivan Browdy
Ivan Browdy
5 years ago

I still prefer Lviv

Max the only one
Max the only one
5 years ago

I want to learn how to pronounce Lviv lol

goddessa
5 years ago

I want so badly that Odessa will host ESC next year! I know nothing about these cities, but it would be nice if the contest takes place somewhere else than Kiev, Kharkiv and Kherson seem to be in an unsafer place, and Dnipro & Lviv are too difficult to pronounce. Odessa sounds beautiful and looks like beautiful too, as what I’ve seen from pictures.

Cian O'Malley
Cian O'Malley
5 years ago

Dnipro

Avstriya
Avstriya
5 years ago

Odessa brings back many memories.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2014_Odessa_clashes

Jamala is the biggest troll that ever has been in Eurovision.

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

ummmm lviv would be much safer

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
5 years ago

Lviv and Odessa 2017 look awesome to me.