Earlier this week Oleksandr Skichko, Volodymyr Ostapchuk and Timur Miroshnychenko were announced as the hosts of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. It is the first time in the history of the competition that three men will present the contest. Today we can give you a sneak peek behind the scenes of the photoshoot which took place in Kyiv last month.
The main hosts on the Eurovision stage in Kyiv in May will be Oleksandr and Volodymyr with Timur overseeing proceedings from the Green Room. During the photoshoot in Kyiv the three were in good spirits and looked happy and relaxed as they prepared for their closeups!
Stuart Barlow, Show Producer of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest explained that the three presenters made an impression during castings. "We started to develop the idea of having these amazing young guys working together. They have a great chemistry, and its great because it [three male hosts] has not been done before at Eurovision".
You can read more about the hosts in our special feature on Oleksandr, Volodymyr and Timur.
Organisers meet with diplomatic representatives of the participating countries
The organisers of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv have met with diplomatic representatives of the participating countries. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine held the event in Kyiv and brought together diplomats at all levels, including cultural attachés accredited with foreign embassies in Ukraine, international and foreign cultural institutions and representatives of the creative industries in Ukraine.
Julia Golovlyova, Communications Manager of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and Viktoriia Sydorenko, International PR manager presented at the the event alongside Timur Miroshnychenko who will host the greenroom during the contest in May.
Viktoriia and Timur gave the assembled delegates a presentation about the preparations for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest and thanked the diplomats for their support with the project. "The interest of the international community in Eurovision again confirms the importance of this event for Ukraine. The Eurovision Song Contest is not just a show, it's an opportunity for different countries and cultures to come together, united by a love of good music", said Timur Miroshnychenko.
Viktoriia Sydorenko added; "Eurovision is a chance for Ukraine to present itself to the world, to show the best of the country. In May we will have guests from all over the world and we are doing everything possible for Eurovision 2017 and the city of Kyiv to leave a lasting impression with each of them".
Anatoliy Solovey, Head of Public Diplomacy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine said; "Culture is an extremely important area of public diplomacy as we seek to establish cooperation in this area to support a variety of art projects together with representatives of foreign states".
Gallery: Behind the scenes with the presenters of Eurovision 2017
The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv Ukraine with Semi-Finals on 9th and 11th May and the Grand Final on 13th May. 2017 will mark the second time that Ukraine has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest.