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22
February
2017

Jon Ola Sand on preparations Kiev 2017: “Never seen anything like this”

Jon Ola Sand on preparations Kiev 2017: “Never seen anything like this”

Jon Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, has told Norwegian broadcaster NRK that he “never seen anything like this” when it comes to the hiccups in hosting the contest in Kiev, May this year. Still, he is confident that the current schedule will me matched and the dates will remain the same.

The Norwegian Sand spoke about the struggles of recent months in preparing for the contest in Kiev. “It has been a very difficult year with many challenges that we have had to look closely at and work closely with,” he says. “Ticket sales are delayed, and neither lighting, set design or sound system is in place. I have never seen anything like this.”

That says something, as Jon Ola Sand is the Executive Supervisor of the contest since 2011 and since 2016 he is also ‘the boss’ of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest.

BBC, VRT cover the struggles of Kiev and potential new dates for the contest

21 key employees in production recently resigned in protest, including security officer and event manager. Sand says that the situation right now is hard – and that for several reasons. Not only because the TV and organizational culture in Ukraine is different than what they are used to. “This makes it all the more complicated. With some personal conflicts on top of it all, so I must say that I have not seen anything like it before.”

Mainstream media picked up the news, including the BBC and Belgian broadcaster VRT. They even wrote about the scenario when another country must take over organizing the contest. Or – more plausible according to VRT – when the contest will get a new set of dates.

Still, Jon Ola Sand is still confident that the final will be held in Kiev on the 13th of May. “There is very short time. We have really passed all deadlines that must be in place. We follow this hour by hour, and I’m down there very much to make sure that we are going on the air with three shows in May.”

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22
February
2017

Kiev 2017: Christer Björkman brought in as replacement producer

Kiev 2017: Christer Björkman brought in as replacement producer

The EBU announced this Wednesday that Christer Björkman will return to the Eurovision Song Contest as one of the shows producers again. This happens after the Executive Producers for the contest in Kiev suddenly resigned,

With less than three months to go until the contest, plans must be proceeding at pace now, to get Kiev ready in time. Thus, another hick-up in the process is not an option anymore, so the EBU is now helping broadcaster UA:PBC to get the situation under control.

Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand once again states on the website of the contest that it is utterly important to keep on schedule now. He says: “Now, with many key positions filled, it is important that the EBU and UA:PBC continue to implement the plans already agreed. We need to work to the timeline and milestones that were established and approved by the Reference Group. This to ensure a successful Contest in May.”

Björkman, mister Eurovision in Sweden

Christer Björkman has extensive knowledge of the Eurovision Song Contest. He was the contest’s show producer in 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. And more recently contest producer on SVT’s award-winning production of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. He is also the man responsible for transforming Sweden’s national selection, Melodifestivalen. It is now the biggest television show of the year in Sweden. Christer will be responsible for producing the look and feel of the stage show for each act.

Joining Christer on the core team are:
Larysa Koval as Commercial Director (2005 Eurovision Song Contest, Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and UEFA Euro 2012).
Oleh Zapadniuk as Head of Security (UEFA Europa League 2009 – 2012, UEFA Euro 2012).
And Kyrylo Voronin as Event Manager. All are specialists, with long-standing experience in large-scale international projects.

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22
February
2017

Australia: Participant for Kiev 2017 revealed on March 7th

Australia: Participant for Kiev 2017 revealed on March 7th

Australia has selected their participant and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the reveal taking place onTuesday the 7th of March. This year will be the third time that Australia has competed at the Eurovision Song Contest, with SBS again opting to internally select both their singer and song for the contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Michael Ebeid, the Managing Director of the Australian broadcaster SBS, has now signed off on all the Australian preparations for the 62nd edition of the contest.

Start guessing…Australia’s 2017 #Eurovision artist to be revealed Tuesday March 7. More info: https://t.co/tq8Z8oIFgm#SBSEurovisionpic.twitter.com/8sTkRcSPCB

— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) February 21, 2017

Australian broadcaster SBS reveals their participant for Kiev on the 7th of March. The artist presents the actual song just over a week later. The artist reveal will be broadcast LIVE on SBS Facebook from 5.30pm, Australian time. Stay tuned to the SBS Facebook page for updates and a countdown to the announcement moment!

Three is the lucky number for Australia?

In recent years, two singers have represented Australia at the contest, Guy Sebastian in 2015 and Dami Im in 2016. Dami Im is the most successful singer at the contest so far finishing in 2nd place in Stockholm just 23 points behind the winner Jamala from Ukraine. Dami Im’s song “Sound of Silence” won the jury voting with 320 points, but finished 4th in the televote with 191 points.

Before actually taking part, the EBU invited Australia to do the interval act in Copenhagen in 2014. Jessica Mauboy performed ‘Sea of Flags’ in that year. One year before that, the organization in Malmö 2013 mentioned the Aussies passion for Eurovision in a video clip.

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22
February
2017

Czech Republic: Martina Bárta to perform the song “My Turn”

Czech Republic: Martina Bárta to perform the song “My Turn”

Martina Bárta will sing the song “My Turn” on behalf of the Czech Republic at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. A very short snippet of her song was being broadcast this Tuesday night by broadcaster CT.

You can see the Czech news item by clicking here. The song for the jazz singer has been written by a British songwriter.

Last year in Stockholm, the Czech Republic finally reached the final of Eurovision for the first time in history thanks to Gabriela Gunčíková and her song “I Stand”.

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21
February
2017

Australia: Participant for Kiev 2017 “will be revealed soon”

Australia: Participant for Kiev 2017 “will be revealed soon”

Australia has selected their participant and song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, with the reveal taking place soon. This year will be the third time that Australia has competed at the Eurovision Song Contest, with SBS again opting to internally select both their singer and song for the contest in Kiev, Ukraine.

Michael Ebeid, the Managing Director of the Australian broadcaster SBS, has now signed off on all the Australian preparations for the 62nd edition of the contest.

Who do you think will be the 2017 Australian #Eurovision contestant? All will be revealed soon, so stay tuned for the reveal! #SBSEurovisionpic.twitter.com/FXZVugoZO6

— SBS Eurovision (@SBSEurovision) February 21, 2017

Australian broadcaster SBS is expected to reveal their participant for Kiev during the first week of March. The artist presents the actual song just over a week later.

Three is the lucky number for Australia?

In recent years, two singers have represented Australia at the contest, Guy Sebastian in 2015 and Dami Im in 2016. Dami Im is the most successful singer at the contest so far finishing in 2nd place in Stockholm just 23 points behind the winner Jamala from Ukraine. Dami Im’s song “Sound of Silence” won the jury voting with 320 points, but finished 4th in the televote with 191 points.

Before actually taking part, the EBU invited Australia to do the interval act in Copenhagen in 2014. Jessica Mauboy performed ‘Sea of Flags’ in that year. One year before that, the organization in Malmö 2013 mentioned the Aussies passion for Eurovision in a video clip.

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21
February
2017

Kiev 2017: Another wave of tickets go on sale

Kiev 2017: Another wave of tickets go on sale

For those who missed out on the first wave of tickets for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, there will be further chances this week to purchase tickets to the shows in May. The official ticketing partner, concert.ua, will be releasing further batches of tickets as listed in the below sales schedule.

To ensure that you purchase the correct tickets and avoid disappointment, please pay close attention to the times, dates and shows that are listed. Show times are local, and sales times are in CET. Members of OGAE fanclubs will be informed by their local OGAE club on how and when to get their allocated tickets.

The dates for the next wave of releases:

Tuesday 21st February at 12:00 (CET)
•Grand Final: Third Rehearsal (13th May)
•Grand Final: Jury Show (12th May)

Thursday 23rd February at 12:00 (CET)
•Semi Final One: Live Broadcast (9th May)
•Semi-Final Two: Live Broadcast (11th May)
•Semi-Final Two: Third Rehearsal (11th May)

Thursday 23rd February at 12.30 (CET)
•Semi Final One: Third Rehearsal (9th May)

Monday 27th February at 12:00 CET
•Semi Final One: Jury Show (8th May)

Monday 27th February at 12:30 CET
•Semi Final Two: Jury Show (10th May)

The Eurovision Song Contest is very popular, thus the demand for tickets is huge, so some people may experience some delays in purchasing tickets. The EBU urges all fans of the contest to be patient. Continue to purchase your tickets through the official channel only, so nothing gets wrong.

Fans that have organised tickets through national fan clubs will have an allocation of tickets. Further details regarding this will be communicated to members of the fan clubs in due course.

The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in Kiev, Ukraine in May 2017 with a record equalling 43 participating countries. The semi finals will take place on the 9th and 11th of May, with the Grand Final on the 13th of May.

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