Jon Ola Sand: optimistic

With delays and speculation over the selection of the host city for Eurovision 2017, the EBU has released a video message from Eurovision’s executive supervisor Jon Ola Sand, explaining the situation, and how the EBU has been working with Ukraine.

In the video, Jon Ola Sand details the EBU’s requirements for a host city. In order to host Eurovision, the host city must have:

  • An international airport
  • A suitable venue that accommodates 10,000+
  • A nearby press centre for 1500 journalists
  • Good facilities for all the delegations
  • Sufficient hotel rooms in different price categories

Jon Ola Sand notes that while the EBU was working with Ukraine on all the requirements, the big issue was a lack of a suitable venue. He explains, “There was no ready venue in Ukraine that could host the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Neither of the suggested arena venues for Dnipro and Odessa have a roof, and Kyiv’s original proposed venue, the Palace of Sports has already been rejected for being too outdated. Kyiv’s back-up venue, the International Exhibition Centre, is more suitable, with a capacity of over 10,000.

Sand explained that choosing the host city takes a lot of analysis and scrutiny, and is not a decision that’s taken lightly. He also explained that the host broadcaster is given a thorough list of requirements, and important milestones that must be met.

There’s no indication of when the host city announcement will be made, but if the EBU’s video is anything to go by, there will be plenty of discussions still to be had.

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Zebb
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Zebb

I see the opposers now can stay even with that unhealthy speeches made by Klumba, broadly allowed everywhere at medias and at this site. While even failed to submit strongly grounded (again, strongly argumented, not hysterical) petition to ban any historical song which causes political guesses to these ignorants, they will continue to bring darkest unproven matters to throw into massively supported winner along as into nation or theme subject. GL if you don’t find these actions as embarassing ones.

SummerWine=Plum
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SummerWine=Plum

@Zebb
This is all about that by now you sd have realized that bringing politics to the contest makes no good. Whether the singer is good or not, whether the song is truthful or not, there must be no politics in a song contest. No politics at all.
Hope this year will be just an embarassing exclusion. Hundreds of thousands of people who disagreed with the contest result will remember it for years.
Sad.

AberSam
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AberSam

Well this all escallated quickly. Can we just agree that we had a winner chosen and just continue with things, I mean, it’s only a song contest and winning or losing is not the end of the world.

As regards to who killed who and opening old wounds, all you’re doing by arguing this is making it worse.

Zebb
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Zebb

Wow, Klumba, so does it mean then that all minor USSR nations that were marked by soviet government as unreliable or collaborationists (baltic nations, for example, even before WW2) should be killed or deported because fanatics like you agreed with that statement even nowadays? Are you serious or do a lot people have similar opinions like you do?

esc 2016
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esc 2016

I dont know about you but personally I dont believe him…he is unreliable

Klumba
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Klumba

@Ugnius(LT)

For your information, Stalin was a Georgian, Khrushchev – Ukrainian, all top governors of USSR were either Armenians, or Georgians or Ukrainians. 20 million Russians were sent to Siberia, Gulag and other prisons during USSR rule. And you dare say YOUR COUNTRY DEPORTED TATARS? For your information #2, Tatars were cooperating with German Nazi’s and I’d be happy if they were killed rather than deported from Crimea. LEARN HISTORY!!!

Johny
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Johny

Danny, totally agree

Danny
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Danny

Why on earth would the Eurovision move to another country? They have this HUGE exhibition center in Kiev which is not worse than the shipyard from Copenhagen 2014. Check out on youtube, A LOT of international artists performed there with pyrotechnics and everything. The only thing that causes the delay is that Odessa is still fighting, and I guess they need more time to prepare a final plan of covering the stadium. Stop this idiotic discussion about which country should host the 2017 Eurovision.

Rock Me
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Rock Me

They can take their time with the decision, if that means everything will function in May.

Julie
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Julie

@Ugnius

Well that escalated quickly…I don’t understand this type of vitriol. Russia was as much a victim of Soviet policy as anyone, if not more so. Please learn your history. All Ukraine’s song did in the context of Eurovision was open up old wounds. Now what kind of precedent did this set? There are a lot of old wounds in Europe… And Eurovision was created to help heal that. This year’s winning song went directly against this mission, and THAT is why people still (understandably) take issue with it.

Ugnius(LT)
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Ugnius(LT)

@Plum
Oh, you’re still crying, that this year political song has won ? Well, if your country hadn’t had deported thousands of tatars in 1944, there would be nothing for Jamala to sing about this year, and political song wouldn’t have won 🙂

SummerWine=Plum
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SummerWine=Plum

@Pollaski
I… I really seriously wondered it.
It depends on what woters you mean. Televoters chose Russia.
Russia had really thought that it was a SONG contest, that was why the best artist who had never sang political songs and will never do it for love or money was chosen.
This year the political song proved to be the best and the politics prevailed in Juries voting. Why not? Let Ukraine host the event, this is politically important for them=)

Craig
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Craig

So, if there’s still so much to sort out, why schedule a press conference to announce the host city and venue?

Pollaski
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Pollaski

@SummerWine=Plum

Did… did you seriously just wonder why voters would let Ukraine win if they weren’t going to be good hosts?

I dunno, maybe because its a SONG contest, not a hosting contest, and opinions revealed Ukraine had the best song?

SummerWine=Plum
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SummerWine=Plum

People, wake up please, the list of wishes may be endless=))
According to the rules in case Ukraine fails it sd be Russia (3rd) since Australia (2nd) cannot host.
The other question is if it is ethical to suggest Russia to host after several rules have already been broken=)

James
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James

i’d love to have eurovision in Prague, Budapest or Reykjavik

Levi
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Levi

I say move Eurovision to a country that has never hosted, such as Albania, Macedonia, Romania, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Slovenia, etc.

MirkoJoshua
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MirkoJoshua

The positive side is that a hard-pondered decision won’t let us down… most likely

SummerWine=Plum
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SummerWine=Plum

There is one thing I cannot understand in all these predictable circumstances.
What was the sense preventing the country who could unhesitantly, comfortably and safely host the contest from winning.

Sal
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Sal

So I assume they wanted it in Odessa but the EBU vetoed this decision and want it in Kiev in the International Exhibition Centre

Denis
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Denis

Give it up guys! Despite your objections the contest won’t be moved to another country. That is very unlikely, impossible even.
Ukraine has already signed all the necessary contracts for hosting and EBU aren’t going to break it.

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Don’t want to be rude, but I don’t understand, why are you making such panic? September is just fine, I mean it’s not one month before the show…

Max - The King of Fun
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Max - The King of Fun

In fact now that Kiev has dropped the Palace of Sports and switched to the IEC what is standing in their way?

Dnipro doesn’t meet basic requirements, Odessa has the problem with the roof and isn’t as well connected as Kiev. Plus Kiev has better capacity so will lead to more revenue from tickets.

Max - The King of Fun
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Max - The King of Fun

Well these requirements definitely rule out Dnipro! In fact they seem to point heavily towards Kiev.

fikri
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fikri

this is all karma y’all because ukraine shouldn’t win in the first place.

#sergeyisourchampion
#justicefordami

Mitchelvaneijk
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Or Amsterdam ????????

Erik
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Erik

The arena in Dnipro has already a roof, and that since the 1980s when they built it!

Vlad
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Vlad

Eurovision in London would be great. Or some other western country that haven’t won for years, like Spain or Portugal.

random.sage2.0
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It’ll probably be Kiev.

But, even then, lots of resources and accomidations would have to be made that WILL put a strain on Ukraine to host Eurovision 2017. I doubt the Ukraine would give up hosting it (national pride and all) but that wouldn’t be a bad idea. London or Berlin?

Margaret burger
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Margaret burger

Love Robyn’s posts so interesting keep up the good work.

Adam
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Adam

Giving fuel to the fire of those who think that, at this point, it should be moved….