For the first time in Eurovision history, the host city bidding process will be broadcasted on live television. Ukranian broadcaster NTU, organizing broadcaster of the 2017 song contest, will air a two-hour show in which competing cities will present their proposals.
The show is called “Battle of the Bridge” and will take place on Wednesday July 20th. It will air on channel UA1 and on National Radio. In the show, according to NTU, “representatives from each city, experts, media, musicians, and fans of Eurovision will join and discuss each of the six proposals.”
Six cities left
NTU and EBU also released the list of six cities who have passed through round one of the bidding process. Besides front-runners Lviv and Kyiv, also Dnipro, Odessa, Kharkiv and Kherson made it to the second round. Kyiv is the capital of Ukraine. It hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013.
The six cities mentioned above will all present their proposals in “Battle of the Bridge” on July the 2oth. However, a decision will not be made on live television. One day later, on Thursday July 21st, NTU will reveal the two cities who advance to round three.
The winner of the third and final round is expected by 1st August. According to EBU, “Preference will be given to the candidate cities that have the most suitable arena as well as sufficient accommodation and infrastructure.”