UPDATE (19.55 CET): Ukrainian broadcaster NTU has now denied Borislav Bereza’s claim and say that Kyiv is still in the running to the Eurovision 2017 host city.
Is Kyiv out of the running to be the Eurovision 2017 host city? The Ukrainian Russian-language paper, Segodnya, has published an article today, stating the host city choice is now between Dnipro and Odessa. This comes after Ukrainian MP Borislav Bereza made a comment on his Facebook, “congratulating” Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko on his city’s efforts. Those efforts do not seem to have been enough according to Mr. Bereza, though, as the organisers are not satisfied Kyiv will be able to host Eurovision.
Kyiv’s host city proposal video for Eurovision 2017
Now, of course, this is only one source who is stating this. Mr. Bereza lost to Klitschko in the Kyiv mayoral race, so he might have other reasons to criticise the bid. There has been no official word from NTU or the EBU on this or since the final decision was postponed. This was so that cities could “elaborate their bids” and it might just be that Kyiv were unable to convince the organisers at this stage. Jon Ola Sand was also fairly critical of parts of the Kyiv bid, including plans for the press centre, Euroclub etc.
If it’s true, this leaves Dnipro and Odessa in the running, both of which have come in for praise and criticism in their bids. Dnipro may struggle with its infrastructure for such a big tourist event, but Jon Ola praised their enthusiasm, which includes plans to expand their airport. That won’t, however, solve the issue of the area surrounding their “EuroArena” stadium being not quite so idyllic:
Odessa, meanwhile, had fans up in arms over plans to simply put a tent over the roof of the Chernomorets stadium. The city now seems to be sourcing a proper roof for the stadium, however. Jamala, meanwhile, was not quite so enthusiastic about Odessa hosting the contest when we spoke to her in London:
What do you think about this latest decision in the Eurovision 2017 host city race? Are you looking forward to Dnipro or Odessa 2017, or did you have your heart set on Kyiv. Let us know in the comments section!