On August 24 Ukrainians won’t just celebrate their country’s independence day. They’ll also applaud Dnipro, Kyiv or Odesa, as NTU has decided to reveal the Eurovision 2017 host city timed with this most important of days.
As Ukraine’s Channel 5 reports, Alexander Harebin, Deputy Director of the National Television Company of Ukraine, recently confirmed the date of the big reveal.
The NTU host city was originally slated to be revealed on July 27. But following a series of delays, we still don’t know where the competition will take place.
On Friday Dnipro’s mayor Boris Filatov made it clear he’s growing increasingly impatient for the announcement, which, in the event Dnipro won, would require him and fellow leaders to sort through mountains of contracts, paperwork and plans.
Writing on Facebook he said: “Dear members of the organizing committee of Eurovision 2017! Please, choose the winning city as soon as possible. Time is running out.”
Ukraine’s end-of-August announcement has taken longer than previous host city decisions.
Sweden’s SVT revealed that Stockholm would host Eurovision 2016 on July 8, while Austria’s ORF revealed Vienna had won the Eurovision 2015 gig on August 6.
But Denmark’s DR waited until September 2 to reveal Copenhagen as the Eurovision 2014 host city, suggesting criticism of Ukraine’s NTU isn’t necessarily warranted. Big decisions take time — particularly if there isn’t a clear winner.
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