But now EBU has decided:
Eurovision 2017 will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine, but challenges remain
The decision comes after Eurovision 2017 was under threat of being moved away due to delays in preparations in Ukraine.
Since Ukraine won Eurovision in May, there have been some problems and concerns related to the preparations of next year's contest. The host city announcement was delayed and postponed several times, including a dirty war of words between the two aspirant cities Kyiv and Odessa.
One month ago the General Director of NTU, Zurab Alasania, was dismissed from his job over budget concerns, and now the The Ukrainian Minister of Culture, Yevhen Nyschuk, has taken over the Eurovision 2017 organization.
Zurab Alasania said afterwards: "Overcoming the resistance of bureaucrats is very difficult, and we didn't complain until recently. But now we are just desperate. We wouldn't be able to organise Eurovision in 2017".
Eurovision Song Contest 2017
All about Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv:
Date: 9, 11 and 13 May 2017
Host city: Kyiv
Arena: Kyiv International Exhibition Centre
Tickets: On sale January 2017
Events: Euroclub, Eurovision Village, Euro Fan Café