Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Armenia has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 12 times since making its debut in 2006, when André became the first participant representing not only Armenia but the entire Transcaucasian region. Armenia has reached the top 10 on seven occasions, with the country's best result in the contest being two fourth-place finishes. 2011 was the first year. This was followed by the country withdrawing from the 2012 contest due to security concerns in the organizing city Baku. In 2018, Armenia failed to qualify from the semi-finals for a second time. Armenia debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006 with the song "Without Your Love" performed by one of Armenia's top artists, André and produced by Anush Hovnanyan. Armenia had never entered the competition before. André was the first performer of the semi-finals; the song reached the final of the contest on 20 May 2006 and gave Armenia a successful debut coming in 8th position. Having reached the top ten in the final, Armenia didn't have to compete in the semi-final of the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest and automatically reached the final on 12 May performing 23rd of the 24 finalists and came eighth again.
In 2008, Armenia reached the top five for the first time, with Sirusho finishing fourth with the song "Qélé, Qélé", which received the most 12 points in the final, with a total of eight. This result was followed by two more top ten placements in 2009 and 2010, making Armenia one of only three countries that had always placed in the top ten since the introduction of the semi-finals; this record was broken at the 2011 contest, when Emmy and the song "Boom Boom" failed to qualify from the first semi-final by only one point. On 7 March 2012, Armenia announced that it would be withdrawing from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, because of security concerns. Despite their 2012 withdrawal, Armenia confirmed participation in the 2013 contest in Sweden. In 2014 Armenia reached the top five for the second time, with Aram Mp3 and the song "Not Alone" placing fourth, matching the country's best-ever showing in the contest. Armenia has now reached the final in 10 out of 12 contests, failing to advance to the final for the second time in 2018, finishing 15th in semifinal one.
This is Armenia's worst result in the contest to date. AMPTV has program called Eurovision Diary, a program designed for Armenian Eurovision entrants and their experiences; the program ends with the Eurovision final. Table key As of 2018, Armenia's voting history is as follows: The Marcel Bezençon Awards were first handed out during the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 in Tallinn, honouring the best competing songs in the final. Founded by Christer Björkman and Richard Herrey, the awards are named after the creator of the annual competition, Marcel Bezençon; the awards are divided into three categories: Press Award, Artistic Award, Composer Award. Armenia–Azerbaijan relations in the Eurovision Song Contest Facebook Twitter Instagram OGAE Armenia Official fan club for supporting Armenian representatives at Eurovision Song Contest Points to and from Armenia eurovisioncovers.co.uk
Arsen Grigoryan (singer, born 1982)
Arsen Grigoryan is an Armenian actor and presenter. He is known for his diverse roles in television productions, he plays the persona of an Armenian drag queen. His career began. From 1998 to 2002, he studied at the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinema, while acting at different theatres. In 2011, with film director Lilit Movsisyan, Grigoryan made an experimental zero-budget feature-length fiction film Ashtray, discussed and criticized after it was finished. In 2011 a spontaneous shooting turned into a real success: Lilit Movsisyan and Grigoryan made an experimental short, used in Ridley Scott's Life in a Day Scott project in the opening part of the film. From 2013 Grigoryan took acting courses overseas, at Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop, The William Esper Studio studying the Meisner technique. Grigoryan is well known for his music videos, performing as a singer and producer. Many of his released singles were hits. At the end of 2017, Grigoryan as "Kamil" announced. In 2018, during her interview on Nice Evening, she said that the song is in Spanish and it is written by Vahram Petrosyan and Arthur Abgar.
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Essaï Altounian born on 5 November 1980), sometimes credited as Essaï, is a French-Armenian singer, keyboardist, music producer and an actor. Essaï Altounian is a French-Armenian singer, keyboardist, music producer and an actor. Being of Armenian origin Essai debuted in France, his grandparents escaped from Kharpet during the Armenian Genocide. His first professional experience was the single "Pardonne moi" from the French group Soul and R & B Ideal 3, in 1999. For his first time on stage, he has performed this song at the Théâtre de l'Empire in Paris for the TV show "Le monde est à vous", presented by Jacques Martin. One year he signed a new contract at Mercury Universal, solo this time; the success was timid: a video clip, some radio and TV interviews. He decided to put his inspiration at the others' service. For the TV channel TF1, he has been composing since 1998 several TV generics: 50 ans de tubes, C'est la même chanson, Le Grand Soir, Les coups d'humour, Les sosies, the broadcast of Mister France's contest and Retour gagnant.
For the Theater, he has composed opening and scenes musics for Anthony Kavanagh's One man show, for the humorist Maxime but several songs for "Ma femme s'appelle Maurice" by Raffy Shart, played in 24 countries and adapted thereafter in a film directed by Jean-Marie Poiré. In 2001, he got the role of the Comte Pâris in the musical Roméo et Juliette, which he played until 2002; the same year, he was asked by Anne Barrère, TV producer, to compose the song of the "Pièces Jaunes" Operation. He composed "Un peu de moi" song performed by Anthony Kavanagh all along his tour. From 2001 to 2009, he composed, wrote and directed songs for Jenifer, Cécilia Cara, Julie Pietri, Grégori Baquet, Michael Youn, Anthony Kavanagh, Michel Legrand, Amaury Vassili, Clara Morgane, the famous French musicals Le Roi Soleil and Les Demoiselles de Rochefort. In 2006, he was the musical Director of the new Parisian Revue at the Cabaret Bobino; this review has been played for 2 years and most songs were composed by him. In 2009, he was the musical Director of La Bataille des chorales, in which 5 choirs competed, 1st evening TV show on TF1 then.
In this context, he chose and realized more than 25 singles. He travelled all over France with Amel Bent, Ophélie Winter, Passy, Patrick Fiori and Dany Brillant to constitute their respective choir: a Soul choir for Amel, a Girl Power choir for Ophelie, an urban choir for Passy, a Corsican singing choir for Patrick and a Swing Jazz choir for Dany. In 2010, he was the musical Director of "Le Grand Show des enfants" broadcast on TF1 as a bonus, he arranged 15 singles for young singers from 7 to 15 years old. In 2011, Essaï worked on his personal album as an interpreter, he wrote and arranged all singles in a universe that he defines as Urban soul. He signed a digital distribution contract with Believe, his first single Sweet Family is available since November 4, 2011 on all legal download platforms and it has reached the top of sales at Fnac.com during 5 consecutive weeks. His first video shot between Paris and New York has had a real impact on the net; the clip is spread on MTV, MCM, M6 black.
In 2012, Essaï is the musical Director of the TV show POP's cool on Canal J. He composed and realized the album and attends ten TV shows on Canal J, he shared the stage of La Cigale with all the troupe on 3 November 2012. In 2102 he made the new album of the singer Lorie entitled Danse. An album of covers revisited in Latin versions. In 2013, Essaï was the musical Director of the show L'Ecole des Fans - New generation - 16 broadcasts aired until 2014 on Gulli every Friday night. In 2014, Essaï signed a contract in the United States with the MOTOWN and Berry Gordy' son, Kerry Gordy. Together, they produced a new single "FAMILY" released on the label KERRY GORDY Records. In 2015, he was one of the 6 members of Genealogy, the band representing Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest which took place in Vienna, Austria. Armenia has been qualified for the first semifinal in May 19, participated in the grand final on May 23, finishing 16th out of 40 countries. In 2016, he was the jury of the "Destination Eurovision" show on the Armenian channel Arm public TV in order to select the next candidate representing Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest through a 10-episodes program, her candidate won the selection.
In 2017, Essaï composed and recorded the first album of the Franco-Belgian artist Carla Stark. He composed the 12 tracks of the pop-folk album "Karma" which first single is "Start starting". In 2018, the American channel CBS called him to be part of the International jury of the new great talent Show - made in US - "THE WORLD'S BEST". Along with Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and animated by the famous James Corden, Essaï recorded 10 shows in L. A. as the French judge and "music Expert". Broadcast from February 3, 2019 on the CBS channel in premiere of Super Bowl. At the age of 12 Essaï composed his first song, at the age of 19 signed a contract with Sony France as lead singer of the urban and pop idol group "Ideal-3"; the pop/urban inspired top ten hit "Pardonne-moi" and was played on all major French radio stations, including NRJ and Fun Radio. The band toured all of the major arenas of the time, they appeared on numerous television shows including Jacques Martin. Essaï left his law studies at the Jean Monnet University Paris.
When Essai was 21 he signed a solo contract with Mercury Universal. As a solo artist he began to receive many invitations from different TV shows including invitations to write and
Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
The participation of Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest first began at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2007 which took place in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Armenian Public Television, a member organisation of the European Broadcasting Union, have been responsible for the selection process of their participants since their debut; the first representative to participate for the nation at the 2007 contest was Arevik with the song "Erazanq", which finished in second place out of seventeen participating entries, achieving a score of one hundred and thirty-six points. Since their debut, Armenia have never missed an edition of the contest and won in 2010 with the song "Mama" by Vladimir Arzumanyan, they hosted the contest at the Karen Demirchyan Complex in 2011. Their worst result to date was achieved by Levon Galstyan at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2018 with his song "L. E. V. O. N" where he placed ninth; as of Junior Eurovision 2016, Armenia have received the most points from Georgia.
Armenian broadcaster Armenian Public Television, announced on 21 May 2007 that thy would be making their Junior Eurovision debut at the 2007 contest in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 8 December 2007. ARMTV internally selected Arevik as their debut entrant with the song "Erazanq". At the running order draw for Junior Eurovision 2007, Armenia were drawn third, following Belgium and preceding Cyprus, were they finished in second place scoring 136 points. Following their debut success, Armenia continued to participate in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, finishing in third place on two occasions, runners-up at four contests, achieving their first win at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 with the song "Mama", performed by Vladimir Arzumanyan achieving 120 points. Armenia were the host country of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2011, which took place on 3 December at the Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex located in the Armenian capital, Yerevan, it was the first time in history of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest that the contest was held in the previous year's winning country.
ARMTV was the main organiser of the show, being provided financial aid from the EBU made of entrance fees from the participating broadcasters, while Swedish company HD Resources assisted with the technical side of the production. The Armenian broadcaster announced on 21 July 2016, that they would be participating at the contest being held in Valletta, Malta on 20 November 2016. ARMTV announced on 10 August 2016 that they had internally selected Anahit Adamyan and Mary Vardanyan to represent them at the contest, singing the song "Tarber" which translates as Different. Song placed second with total 232 points after Georgia, beaten only by 7 points. On 26 February 2018, ARMTV revealed that their 12th Junior Eurovision entry will be selected using Depi Mankakan Evratesil. Table key 1st place 2nd place 3rd place Last place The contests are broadcast online worldwide through the official Junior Eurovision Song Contest website junioreurovision.tv and YouTube. In 2015, the online broadcasts featured commentary in English by junioreurovision.tv editor Luke Fisher and 2011 Bulgarian Junior Eurovision Song Contest entrant Ivan Ivanov.
The Armenian broadcaster, ARMTV, send their own commentators to each contest in order to provide commentary in the Armenian language. Spokespersons were chosen by the national broadcaster in order to announce the awarding points from Armenia; the table below list the details of each commentator and spokesperson since 2007. The tables below shows Armenia's top-five voting history rankings up until their most recent participation in 2017 and takes into account the new voting system which allows the adult and kids juries each to award a set of points, introduced by the European Broadcasting Union from the 2017 contest onwards. Armenia in the Eurovision Song Contest – Senior version of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Armenia in the Eurovision Young Dancers – A competition organised by the EBU for younger dancers aged between 16 and 21. Armenia in the Eurovision Young Musicians – A competition organised by the EBU for musicians aged 18 years and younger. Armenia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest Official EBU Page
Iveta Mukuchyan is an Armenian-German singer-songwriter and actress. Born in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, she moved to Hamburg, Germany, in 1992. Mukuchyan returned to Armenia in 2009 and placed fifth in the fourth season of the talent competition Hay Superstar. During this time, she received vocal training at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory. Mukuchyan participated for season two of The Voice of Germany in 2012, she represented Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 with the song "LoveWave", finishing seventh in the final. Mukuchyan made her acting debut in the comedy movie Run Away Or Get Married that year, released her debut extended play, IvaVerse. In autumn 2016, Mukuchyan was a jury member on the first season of Depi Evratesil, a television series selecting the Armenian entrant for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, her final contestant finished fifth in the contest with 48 points. Mukuchyan and Aram Mp3 released "Dashterov", which won a Song of the Year Award, in 2017.
The song preceded a collaborative project of the same name, which received the Collaboration of the Year award at the Armenian Europe Music Awards. Mukuchyan released Armenian Folk, a solo version of Dashterov Project, on 3 October 2017; that year, she starred in the film The Path of Our Dream. At the 2018 Swallow Music Awards, Mukuchyan won the title of Best Female Singer of the Year. Iveta Mukuchyan was born on 14 October 1986 in Yerevan, Armenian Soviet Socialist Republic, to Ruben Mukuchyan and Susanna Ambaryan, her mother, Susanna Ambaryan, worked in a tourist information center when her husband, Ruben Mukuchyan, went to Germany to buy a car. However, he stayed in Germany due to unforeseen circumstances, Mukuchyan's mother decided to move the rest of the family to Germany in 1992. In 1995, the family returned to Armenia, they moved back to Germany because of the horrible conditions at the time, she attended the Catholic Sankt-Ansgar-Schule in Hamburg from 1998 to 2006 while working part-time as a waitress in a café.
Mukuchyan described her father as a patriot and a strict man who demanded she only speak Armenian at home and marry an Armenian man. While in Hamburg, Mukuchyan joined a music club and sang Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" at a ceremony. Following the performance, her parents believed, she studied at the Yerevan Komitas State Conservatory leaving her design studies, begun in Germany, unfinished. Her sister, Marianna, is a stylist. Mukuchyan has stated. In 2009, Mukuchyan auditioned for season four of the talent competition Hay Superstar, where she finished fifth, she received the Discovery of the Year award at the Armenia Awards in Moscow, appeared in the French-language track "L'amour n'a pas de loi" on Armenian rapper Ararat 93's debut studio album Amalgame. Mukuchyan appeared the following year on Parahandes; that year, she placed third in the German song contest The Voice of Hamburg. Mukuchyan appeared on several Armenian talk shows, including Pop Encyclopedia, Let's Begin Freshly, The Century's Night and Found Dream, was on the cover of El Style magazine.
She participated in season two of The Voice of Germany in 2012, Xavier Naidoo chose her as part of his team. Mukuchyan was the winning contestant from Naidoo's team in the second phase of the contest, where the participants sang "Many Rivers to Cross". In December 2012, El Style featured her on its cover. Mukuchyan released the single "Simple Like a Flower" with a music video in October 2015; the same month, Armenian Public Television announced that the singer would represent Armenia at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm. "LoveWave", written by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan with lyrics by Mukuchyan and Stephanie Crutchfield, was chosen as the Armenian entry in February 2016. Mukuchyan premiered the song and a music video in March 2016, appeared again on the cover of El Style. During the Eurovision season and her team were providing information via Eurovision Diary, an AMPTV program designed for Armenian Eurovison entrants. On 3 April 2016, she promoted "LoveWave" as the Armenian Eurovision entry at the Eurovision Pre-Party concert in Moscow.
However, she changed some of the song's lyrics because of the ongoing Artsakh clashes. The singer cancelled her participation at the 9 April Eurovision in Concert event to protest the clashes. Mukuchyan was seen holding the flag of the disputed Republic of Artsakh during the first Eurovision semifinal in May 2016, sparking controversy and a backlash from the Azerbaijani press; the European Broadcasting Union released a statement the following day, calling the incident a "serious breach" of its ban on political messages and saying that Armenia's public broadcaster would face sanctions: "Any further breach of the rules of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest could lead to disqualification from this year's event or any successive editions." In response, Mukuchyan said that". I want... peace everywhere." An airplane appeared near the Ericsson Globe in Stockholm on the day of the Eurovision final with the message, "Karabach loves Iveta". "LoveWave" finished seventh with 249 points. The singer won the titles of Eurovision's Next Top Model and Best Female Solo Vocalist of Eurovision 2016.
In addition to her musical career, she starred with Mkrtich Arzumanyan in the adventure-com
Belarus the Republic of Belarus known by its Russian name Byelorussia or Belorussia, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe bordered by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk. Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres is forested, its major economic sectors are manufacturing. Until the 20th century, different states at various times controlled the lands of modern-day Belarus, including the Principality of Polotsk, the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth, the Russian Empire. In the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution, Belarus declared independence as the Belarusian People's Republic, conquered by Soviet Russia; the Socialist Soviet Republic of Byelorussia became a founding constituent republic of the Soviet Union in 1922 and was renamed as the Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic. Belarus lost half of its territory to Poland after the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–1921.
Much of the borders of Belarus took their modern shape in 1939, when some lands of the Second Polish Republic were reintegrated into it after the Soviet invasion of Poland, were finalized after World War II. During WWII, military operations devastated Belarus, which lost about a third of its population and more than half of its economic resources; the republic was redeveloped in the post-war years. In 1945 the Byelorussian SSR became a founding member of the United Nations, along with the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian SSR; the parliament of the republic proclaimed the sovereignty of Belarus on 27 July 1990, during the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Belarus declared independence on 25 August 1991. Alexander Lukashenko has served as the country's first president since 1994. Belarus has been labeled "Europe's last dictatorship" by some Western journalists, on account of Lukashenko's self-described authoritarian style of government. Lukashenko continued a number of Soviet-era policies, such as state ownership of large sections of the economy.
Elections under Lukashenko's rule have been criticized as unfair. Belarus is the last country in Europe using the death penalty. Belarus's Democracy Index rating is the lowest in Europe, the country is labelled as "not free" by Freedom House, as "repressed" in the Index of Economic Freedom, is rated as by far the worst country for press freedom in Europe in the 2013–14 Press Freedom Index published by Reporters Without Borders, which ranks Belarus 157th out of 180 nations. In 2000, Belarus and Russia signed a treaty for greater cooperation. Over 70% of Belarus's population of 9.49 million resides in urban areas. More than 80% of the population is ethnic Belarusian, with sizable minorities of Russians and Ukrainians. Since a referendum in 1995, the country has had two official languages: Russian; the Constitution of Belarus does not declare any official religion, although the primary religion in the country is Eastern Orthodox Christianity. The second-most widespread religion, Roman Catholicism, has a much smaller following.
Belarus is a member of the United Nations since its founding, the Commonwealth of Independent States, CSTO, EEU, the Non-Aligned Movement. Belarus has shown no aspirations for joining the European Union but maintains a bilateral relationship with the organisation, participates in two EU projects: the Eastern Partnership and the Baku Initiative; the name Belarus is related with the term Belaya Rus', i.e. White Rus'. There are several claims to the origin of the name White Rus'. An ethno-religious theory suggests that the name used to describe the part of old Ruthenian lands within the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, populated by Slavs, Christianized early, as opposed to Black Ruthenia, predominantly inhabited by pagan Balts. An alternate explanation for the name comments on the white clothing worn by the local Slavic population. A third theory suggests that the old Rus' lands that were not conquered by the Tatars had been referred to as "White Rus'"; the name Rus is conflated with its Latin forms Russia and Ruthenia, thus Belarus is referred to as White Russia or White Ruthenia.
The name first appeared in Latin medieval literature. In some languages, including German and Dutch, the country is called "White Russia" to this day; the Latin term "Alba Russia" was used again by Pope Pius VI in 1783 to recognize the Society of Jesus there, exclaiming "Approbo Societatem Jesu in Alba Russia degentem, approbo." The first known use of White Russia to refer to Belarus was in the late-16th century by Englishman Sir Jerome Horsey, known for his close contacts with the Russian Royal Court. During the 17th century, the Russian tsars used "White Rus" to describe the lands added from the Grand Duchy of Lithuania; the term Belorussia first rose in the days of the Russian Empire, the Russian Tsar was styled "the Tsar of All the Russias"
Eurovision Song Contest 2017
The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 was the 62nd edition of the annual Eurovision Song Contest. It took place in Kiev, following Jamala's win at the 2016 contest in Stockholm, Sweden with the song "1944"; this was the second time the contest took place in Kiev, after 2005, as well as the fourth Eurovision event, after the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 and 2013. The contest was held at the International Exhibition Centre and consisted of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, the final on 13 May 2017. All three live shows were hosted by Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko. Forty-two countries participated in the contest. Portugal and Romania returned to the contest after a year's absence, while Bosnia and Herzegovina withdrew on financial grounds. Russia had planned to participate, but announced their withdrawal on 13 April 2017, after their representative, Julia Samoylova, was banned from entering Ukraine by virtue of having travelled directly from Russia to Crimea in 2015, a region, annexed by Russia in 2014, to give a performance, illegal under Ukrainian law.
The winner was Portugal with the song "Amar pelos dois", performed by Salvador Sobral and written by his sister Luísa Sobral. This was Portugal's first win – and first top five placing – in 53 years of participation, the longest winless run by a country in Eurovision history, it was the first winning song performed in a country's native language since Serbia's "Molitva" in 2007, the first winner written in triple metre since Ireland's "The Voice" in 1996. Additionally, this was the second consecutive year in which a returning country won the contest following Ukraine's victory in 2016; the top three countries – Portugal and Moldova – achieved the highest placing in their Eurovision history, while host country Ukraine received its worst placing to date in a Eurovision final. Out of the "Big Five" countries, only Italy, the pre-contest favourite, finished in the top ten, coming sixth; the EBU reported that 182 million viewers worldwide watched the contest, 22 million fewer than the 2016 record.
The contest took place in the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, following Ukraine's victory at the 2016 contest with the song "1944", written and performed by Jamala. The International Exhibition Centre has a capacity of 11,000 attendees and is the largest exhibition centre in Kiev. Located in the western part of the Livoberezhna microdistrict, the centre was opened in October 2002, its head since its construction was Anatoly Tkachenko; the Deputy Chief of host broadcaster National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine and Head of Delegation for Ukraine, Viktoria Romanova, stated on 18 May 2016 that the first organisational meeting for the contest would take place before 8 June, during which the European Broadcasting Union and UA:PBC would go through the technical requirements for the contest, as well as any training required for the contest to take place in Ukraine. Romanova announced that the venue for the contest would be announced over the summer. UA:PBC and the Ukrainian Government formally launched the bidding process for interested cities to apply to host the contest on 23 June.
The selection of the host city was scheduled to be conducted in four stages: 24 June – 8 July: Interested cities were formally invited to submit their bids. 8–15 July: A working group within UA:PBC and a government-appointed Local Organisational Committee headed by Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman reviewed submitted bids prior to their formal presentation. 18–22 July: Candidate cities formally presented their bids to the LOC. The bids of three cities were shortlisted and handed over to the EBU. 22 July – 1 August: The three shortlisted cities were inspected by representatives from the EBU and LOC to explore their infrastructure and implementation of their bids. A press conference was planned to be held during this period to announce the selection results and the host city; the following criteria were outlined for the selection of the host city: The venue must be covered with a capacity of at least 7,000 but ideally up to 10,000 attendees. An international press centre must be able to accommodate no less than 1,550 journalists.
Venues must be provided for the opening and closing ceremonies of at least 3,000 attendees. The host city must have priced hotel rooms to European standards, that are located in close proximity to the venue and the city centre. At least 2,000 hotel rooms must be provided: 1,000 for participating delegations and 1,000 for accredited media and fans; the host city must be able to guarantee the safety and security of participants, members of delegations and guests. The host city must have modern transport infrastructure: an international airport and available transport between the airport, the city and hotels, in addition to convenient traffic in the city and the opportunity to provide additional transport routes; the host city must provide a social program alongside their bid, showcasing the hospitality, cultural values and identity of both the city and Ukraine. Six cities submitted applications by the deadline of 8 July: Dnipro, Kherson, Kiev and Odessa. Prior to the opening of the bidding process, the cities of Cherkasy, Irpin and Vinnytsia had declared their interest in hosting the contest, but did not submit a formal bid.
Ukrainian Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk stated on 30 June that an appropriate venue for the contest does not exist in Ukraine, suggesting that the construction of a new venue in Kiev or Lviv should be considered. The six candidate cities were presented to the LOC on 20 July in a two-hour live discussion show titled City Battle, broadcast from the UA:Pershyi studi