Baku, July 19 AZERTAC
The National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) has announced that six cities have submitted bids for the right to host the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. According to Eurovision.tv each candidate city will present their bids to the to the Organisational Committee of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in a live televised special. Two candidate cities will then be chosen and their bids will be scrutinised by the Organizational Committee and the EBU. A final decision is expected by 1st August.
On Wednesday 20th July a special two hour programme, City Battle, will be broadcast live on NTU1 and on national radio at 17:30 CET where representatives from each of the prospective host cities will present their bids in front of a live studio audience. Following the show two cities will be chosen as finalists. Preference will be given to the candidate cities that have the most suitable arena as well as sufficient accommodation and infrastructure.
Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 as well as the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in both 2009 and 2013. The host city of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be announced on the official website of NTU.