Jon Ola Sand: “Ukraine has a lot of work to do”

Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, is still optimistic about the success of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Ukraine, but has expressed worries as well. He states “Ukraine still has a lot of work to do” after inspecting the three remaining potential host cities the last two days.

Sand was a guest in an extra episode of the ‘City Battle’ in Ukraine, on Ukrainian national television. He talked about his impressions of the three cities Kiev, Dnipro and Odessa, whilst “not specifying which city is his favourite option to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.” Sand however did add that “the arena is the most important issue, as it is the main element of the show.”

“Of course the capital is always an option to host Eurovision. Kiev is ready when it comes to infrastructure and hotels. The venue however needs to be renovated to be ready for the technical requirements we have for the contest. They have a plan to make it work in the end, but there is still a lot of work.”

“The city of Dnipro had a very good presentation, we see them as a serious option. They have plans to renovate the arena, but the hotels and airport of the city are an issue.”

“I was happy with my visit to Odessa, as it showed they already have some experience with hosting festivals. Covering the arena with a tent is an interesting option.”