28 October 2016

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Kyiv to host Eurovision-2017

On September 9, the organizing committee on preparation and holding of Eurovision-2017 at last contacted the city that will host the song contest in Ukraine.

According to Zurab Alasania, head of the National Television Company of Ukraine, Kyiv received 19 votes from members of the organizing committee, while Odesa received only two votes.

The contest will be held in the capital's International Exhibition Center.

As UNIAN reported earlier, Ukrainian singer Jamala won the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest held in Stockholm on May 14, with the entry titled "1944", based on the deportation of Crimean Tatars from Crimea. Next year's contest will take place in Ukraine. Six Ukrainian cities – Kyiv, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa, Kharkiv, and Kherson – said they were also prepared to host the contest.

Kyiv, Dnipro and Odesa were shortlisted during the first phase of the selection.

The announcement of the Eurovision 2017 host city was originally scheduled for July 27, but was postponed "indefinitely" due to financing issues.

Head of the National Television Company of Ukraine Zurab Alasania explained that the postponement of the announcement was connected with issues related to the applicant cities.

On August 8, the Cabinet allocated UAH 450 million (US$18 million) to host the Eurovision contest in Ukraine.

A briefing by Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers to announce the Eurovision host city, which was scheduled for August 25, was also cancelled.

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