This morning we woke up to the news that Ukraine’s NTU would announce the Eurovision 2017 host city — only to have them CANCEL the announcement 20 minutes before the planned reveal.
The EBU issued a rather opaque statement explaining that “this is due to some final details which need consideration.” Apparently these details need so much consideration that they were not considered before scheduling today’s original announcement. Colour us confused.
Now, in the aftermath of the third postponement, it appears that NTU’s Director-General Zurab Alasania may have publicly revealed Dnipro is out of the race.
Writing on Facebook he said that Kyiv and Odessa each have advantages and disadvantages, and that it could take another week to decide between them. Noticeably missing is the third finalist city, Dnipro.
Hmm. General-Director of NTU says Odessa and Kiev both have advantages and disadvantages…no mention of Dnipro pic.twitter.com/8Ddpp59LxS
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) August 25, 2016
Boris Filatov, Dnipro’s mayor, is angry — and he’s letting everyone know.
Writing on Facebook this morning he described the latest postponement with two words: “shame” and “shame”.
Following Alasania’s comments he updated the post with the same screen grab we Tweeted above along with some direct words.
“Mr. Alsania, rather than apologise and explain the situation, was smart enough to give priority to the two candidates before the end of the announcement results,” he wrote.
“It seems that the fate of Dnipro has already been determined by pundits from the capital. Even announced in advance.”
Dnipro, known as Dnipropetrovsk until May 2016, rests on the banks of the Dnieper River and is known primarily for its industrial sector.
In the 1940s the Soviets built a military machine factory in the city. In the 1980s one plant manufactured 67 kinds of space ships and a variety of space rocket systems (which could have come in handy for Lidia Isac’s Eurovision 2016 performance).
The (somewhat unsightly) industrial area is located right next to the proposed Eurovision 2017 venue.
Dnipro surprised many by making it to the final round.
During final presentations of the bidding process, the city’s mayor stressed that Dnipro had helped fend off aggression from Russia in the Spring.
About Dnipro Euro Arena
Organisers propose adding some unique characteristics to the old Soviet-style arena, including green vertical facades and a lightweight roof casing, with a mesh-like design.
The casing will allow officials to hide technical elements in the roof, while also giving the equipment plenty of ventilation.
The stadium’s capacity is expected to reach 9,500 spectators.
What do you think of Dnipro and the DniproEuroArena as the home of Eurovision 2017? Do you think it’s OUT of the race? Or is NTU’s director just throwing a curveball?
Leave your comments below!