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Editorial: Who should host Eurovision 2017?

It has been over three weeks since the grand final of the Eurovision Song contest 2016 took place, and thoughts are proceeding to the 2017 edition.  With the dust having settled, what better way to overcome PED (Post Eurovision Depression), than to move our thoughts forward to thinking about the potentials hosts for Eurovision 2017. Of course, where it will be hosted is still to be decided and should be finalised by the end of the summer.
I will be providing some suggestions for possible hosts on Ukrainian soil, so without further delay here we go.
There has been a tradition in the past few years, in which the reigning winner has a presenting role to play in their countries hosting of the contest. This has been the case for Conchita Wurst (2014) and Måns Zelmerlow (2015) and would not be a surprise if NTU (National host broadcaster) decide to choose Jamala as one of their hosts. She can sing not just strong, emotional songs that evoke a particular feeling, but also pop songs. Yes, Jamala can sing fabulous pop songs; you just have to take a listen to her song ‘It’s me Jamala’

Zlata Ognevich
Many Eurovision fans may recognise her as the Ukrainian representative in 2013, Malmo where she placed an overall 3rd place, despite providing an utterly spectacular stage performance with her song ‘Gravity’. She also hosted the 2013 Junior Eurovision Contest, alongside Timur Miroshnychenko where she displayed that she is not just a brilliant vocalist, but a great presenter able to hold the attention of thousands of spectators and millions of viewers at home. Zlata has the voice, beauty and charisma for the whole of Europe to fall in love. Recently she has produced songs such as ‘Pray for Ukraine’ and ‘Light a Fire’ which contain traditional Ukrainian elements and show how beautiful the language truly is.

Does she need any introduction? Of course not, it’s Ruslana. Some may even refer to her as the Ukrainian Queen of Eurovision having won the Eurovision for Ukraine back in 2005 with the song ‘Wild Dances’. She is adored by fans throughout Europe, particularly in Eastern Europe and will without a shadow of a doubt have a role to play in Eurovision 2017. Whether that is as a host remains to be decided, but no matter what it cannot be denied that Ruslana will most definitely provide an element of fun and craziness which we all expect and love from her.

Verka Serduckha
Verka Serduckha, also known as Andriy Danylko represented Ukraine at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest with the iconic ‘Dancing Lasha tumbai’ which achieved an honourable 2nd place. More recently, Verka was back on our screens, presenting the Ukrainian jury points alongside his Mother. His funny sense of humour, glamorous outfits and unforgettable performances are what Eurovision fans are waiting for. Will Verka be back on our television screens, a decade after his performance in Helsinki? Only time will tell.

Mila Kunis
I know what you’re thinking… Mila Kunis… American Superstar hosting Eurovision. Not a chance. Well never say never.  Born in 1983, in Chernivtsi, Ukraine, she moved to Los Angeles at the age of seven. Despite living in America, Kunis is still very much attached to her Ukrainian roots. It’s not the first time that an American has been a part of Eurovision, with Maria Menounos hosting the 2006 contest alongside Sakis Rouvas, and much more recently Justin Timberlake performing as an interval act in Stockholm.
So will Jamala,Zlata, Ruslana, Verka or even Mila Kunis host Eurovision 2017, or will it be someone else? Who do you want to host Eurovision in Ukraine?  Let us know your suggestions.

Sagheer Chaudhry

I first watched Eurovision in 2007 and fell in love with the amazing Natalia Barbu and "Fight", I have been a fan of Eurovision ever since. Following and finding Eurovision related news is what I love to do and as a member of the escXtra team, I will be providing ESC fans with news.

Comments on Editorial: Who should host Eurovision 2017?

  • Sagheer Chaudhry

    Thank you for your comment Liam. Out of the bunch, Zlata can speak the best English. She did host Junior Eurovision back in 2013. Of course, these are only suggestions 🙂

  • Wiv

    I think all these (perhaps – Mila) are credible co-hosts, but one person who is missing from your list, and one that I would love to see hosting Eurovision, is Milla Jovovich. It’s not at all likely, but still…one can dream!
    It’s also quite likely that Ukraine will select at least one professional tv-presenter/journalist, based on what they did last time.

  • Sagheer Chaudhry

    Thanks wiv. I just searched her name and she does seem amazing. I was contemplating including Nicole Scherzinger, but thought that would be too much

  • Giorgio

    I think that Ruslana will be ruled out, considering her poor English skills, and Verka will be relegated to a minor role like Conchita. I would love to see Zlata hosting, she’s stunning, natural and cheerful!

  • Sagheer Chaudhry

    Agreed. Zlata would definitely make a brilliant host

  • Alexandre

    Jamala and Verka Serduchka will be great and fun!!

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