Kyiv, Odesa, and Dnipropetrovsk finalists to host Eurovision 2017
Following Wednesday’s live streamed “host city battle,” where the Ukrainian candidate cities to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 presented their proposals, a top three has now been selected by the organizing committee.
Surprisingly, the western city of Lviv has been eliminated and is out of the running, along with Kharkiv and Kherson.
The committee was supposed to select two finalists, it is unknown why a third was kept in the running.
Capital city Kyiv is proposing to use the same venue that was used to host Eurovision in 2005, the Palace of Sports, which was last renovated in 2011. The eastern city of Dnipropetrovsk (Dnipro) also proposes a roofed arena, though the proximity to the rebel war zone is troubling. Finally, the resort city of Odesa near Moldova proposes a stadium which needs a roof. Eurovision winner Jamala is endorsing Odesa to host the contest next year.
The final decision as to which city will get to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be made later this month. You can watch the three remaining proposals below.