The Ukrainian capital of Kiev has been chosen to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union and the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) announced Friday.
The cities of Odessa and Dnipro were also in the
running, but Kiev was chosen for its hotels, transport links,
architecture and nightlife.
"In the course of the selection we were
deeply impressed with the efforts made by the bidding cities, the
professionalism of their teams and the serious approach to their
participation in the bid,” deputy director general of NTU, Victoria
Romanova said, according to the official announcement on the
Kiev plans to host the 62nd Eurovision contest at
the International Exhibition Center, which has a capacity of 11,000.
The capital hosted the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest and the 2009 and
2013 Junior Eurovision Song Contest.
Ukraine won the right to host next year's
competition after Jamala took first prize at the Stockholm final with
more than 500 points. Russia, the bookmakers' favorite, came in third
place, behind Australia.
Jamala's victory and her winning song "1944" on Stalin's deportation of the Tatars was immediately dubbed “political” in Russia.
Russian officials have already suggested a variety
of musical talents who could win next year's contest.
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