The city to host the song contest next year has been officially chosen – Eurovision goes to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine. Ukrainian singer Jamala has won the competition this year with a song ‘1944’, telling a sad story of her own great-granny’s life. Jamala is a Crimean tatar and her relatives were departed from their homeland during the World War II. This story left no one indifferent and Jamala brought Eurovision 2017 to Ukraine.
The right to hold the next contest is traditionally offered to the victorious broadcaster, and this week the National Television Company of Ukraine (NTU) revealed Ukraine’s capital Kyiv will host the 62nd contest in May 2017. The city fought off bids from Odessa, Lviv and Dnipro, with a decision repeatedly delayed by the broadcaster amid infrastructure concerns. Kyiv won out with a bid to hold the mammoth event at its International Exhibition Centre. Thousands of gay Eurovision fans are expected to flock to the city. It is the second time for Kyive and Ukraine in general to host Eurovision – the first time was in 2005, after the singer Ruslana won the contest with the song “Wild dances”.