Au revoir August — and welcome Eurovision drama! Or should we say ongoing drama, as the Eurovision 2017 host city announcement has already been rife with ups and downs, rumours and intrigue, and allegation after allegation.
Most recently NTU scheduled and then cancelled the August 25 reveal 20 minutes before showtime — resulting in Dnipro’s mayor Boris Filatov describing the situation as shameful. Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, then took to YouTube to declare that the last minute cancellation was down to some important final details. Aie aie aie…
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But now the Odessa Courier and other local media in Ukraine report that the man behind the postponement is actually Kyiv mayor and boxing legend Vitali Klitschko, and that we are, in fact, headed to Odessa.
That’s right — according to unofficial information, the cancellation of the briefing was preceded Kyiv’s mayor Vitali Klitschko allegedly putting pressure on the competition committee and its head Zurab Alasania.
After that, several deputies demanded that Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman select Odessa as the Eurovision 2017 host city. In this way, old enemies — Odessa Governor Mikhail Saakashvili and Mayor of Odessa Gennady Truhanov — finally shook hands again. #ComeTogether.
At the same time, a number of influential politicians and media pundits in Ukraine have suggested that the Ministry of Culture has finally decided to make the announcement that will cheer up officials in “Odessa Mama”, as locals know their beloved city near the Black Sea.
Elsewhere activists have released a video showing us the “dark” side of Odessa, suggesting the city has plenty of issues to address — both for its residents and for potential visitors.
The official decision will reportedly be announced on Monday, 5 September.
What do you think? Do you prefer Odessa or Kyiv as the host city of Eurovision 2017? Let us know in the comments section below!