Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of Eurovision Song Contest, says: "NTU are developing really good ideas, there is good progression. They have presented a good draft of the event design, they have presented ideas for the stage and ideas for the concept. I have to say though, there is still a lot to do".
Will Eurovision 2017 be held 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.
Last week 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.
There are some legislation issues in Ukraine, which have the potential to impact on the organisation of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. And now Jon Ola Sand, on behalf of the Reference Group, expresses his concerns about the preparations for Eurovision Song Contest 2017:
There are some challenges for NTU and the Eurovision organisation, but so far it points towards Ukraine will be able to host Eurovision 2017. Because the Minister of Culture now has taken control of the process, can be seen as a guarantee that Eurovision 2017 will be completed in Ukraine.
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