Eurovision in Ukraine: Kyiv will host Eurovision 2017
News15:28 Sep. 9, 2016

Kyiv will host Eurovision 2017

Kyiv, Odesa and Dnipro were the top contenders 

Eurovision 2017 will be held in city's International Exhibition Center.

During the voting, Kyiv received 19 votes, Odesa – two and one commission member abstained.

In May 2016, Ukrainian singer Jamala won the contest. According to the rules, the next Eurovision should be held in Ukraine. Six cities were in the running to become the host of the contest: Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv and Kherson. All of them have created promo videos, explaining, why their city would be the place to hold a Eurovision contest. Three cities got through to the final: Kyiv, Odesa and Dnipro.

It was a healthy, competitive and free fighting contest between the cities, that is why it took so long to choose a winner, said Yevhen Nishchuk, Minister of Culture.

Eurovision contest has strict rules for hosters. The main venue must be roofed and hold at least 7-10 000 of spectators. The delegates of competitors should have at least 1000 rooms in the nearby hotels, and the same amount should be reserved for the press and fans, plus the international press center should allow at least 1500 correspondents. 

The government has already allocated 15 million euro for the contest to be sent to the European Broadcasting Union. It must be noted, if the event is successful and no incidents occur, the funds will be returned to the state budget.

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