Kyiv 2017

Ukraine breaks new ground with three male Eurovision hosts

It is official, we have our Eurovision hosts. When Austria hosted, we had the first ever all-female presenting team. Now, it’s Ukraine’s turn to break new ground with the first all-male presenting team. Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko will be the three men leading us through the upcoming contest in Kyiv. Skichko and Ostapchuk will take the lead presenting duties whilst Eurovision fan, and contest veteran, Miroshnychenko will host the green room.

The presenting team have a wealth of television experience under their belts and were all chosen due to being familiar faces to Ukrainian viewers. The official Eurovision website has provided short backgrounds to each of this year’s Eurovision hosts, which you can see below:

Oleksandr Skichko

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 host Oleksandr Skichko.
Oleksandr Skichko is one of the lead hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 held in Kyiv, Ukraine. © UA:PBC.

Skichko’s career in entertainment began aged just 15 and has become a household name in Ukraine with his presenting duties on shows such as Wake Up, Star Way and Sing Like A Star. He also had a run on Ukraine’s Got Talent which took him to the semifinal rounds with a parody act.

Volodymyr Ostapchuk

Eurovision Song Contest 2017 host Volodymyr Ostapchuk
Volodymyr Ostapchuk is one of the lead hosts for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 held in Kyiv, Ukraine. © UA:PBC.

Ostapchuk has many strings to his bow but is best known for his longterm involvement with the popular programme Morning with Ukraine. He has also hosted other shows such as Shopping Goddess and Style Icon. More recently, Ostapchuk has turned his hand towards voice acting, providing the Ukrainian voice-over for the character of Hans in the local version of Disney’s Frozen.

Timur Miroshnychenko

Timur Miroshnychenko is the green room host for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 held in Kyiv, Ukraine. © UA:PBC.

The life-long fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, Miroshnychenko, returns to a hosting role of a Eurovision family event. Previously hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in both 2009 and 2013, Miroshnychenko has also hosted multiple Ukrainian national selection show, as well as providing Ukrainian commentary for the Eurovision Song Contest, Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Dance Contest, and Eurovision Young Musicians. You may also recognise Miroshnychenko from the semi-final allocation draw earlier this month! His involvement with Eurovision related projects extends to 30 different shows now and yet, Miroshnychenko has still found the time to have presented the live youth talk show Studio 5, as well as the educational programme How Is It Made?

Tell us your thoughts on this year’s Eurovision hosts!

With these hosts now confirmed, what do you make of the first all-male Eurovision hosting team? Let us know in the comments below and on Twitter @escXtra!

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Nathan Waddell

I am the Editor in Chief of ESCXTRA, a huge Melodifestivalen fan and love sports. You can find me singing along to Scandinavian Eurovision entries, listening to the latest chart music on Spotify or watching the football and tennis on two different screens at once.
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