With just six months to go, plans for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest are stepping up a gear. Host Broadcaster NTU has announced Victoria Romanova and Oleksander Kharebin as the Executive Producers of the contest which is due to be held in Kyiv, Ukraine in May. Stuart Barlow is also part of the senior production team in the position of Show Producer for the 2017 event. Stuart has extensive experience of the Eurovision Song Contest and has worked on several editions of the show since 2011.
Victoria Romanova joined NTU in 2005 has been the Ukrainian Head of Delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest since 2007, heading the winning delegation in 2016. She is also the Deputy Director General of NTU. Oleksandr Kharebin has been working at the NTU as the First Deputy Director General of the NTU since 2015.
Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor Eurovision Song Contest said:
“We are thrilled that Victoria and Oleksandr have officially joined the Eurovision Song Contest production team for Kyiv 2017. Of course, they have both been instrumental in getting the process to this point since Ukraine won in Stockholm earlier this year. Both have the full confidence of the EBU and the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group. Victoria, through her many years as Head of Delegation for Ukraine, has a thorough insight into the complexity of the Contest and we have faith that both her and Oleksandr, who profoundly understand internal Ukrainian processes, can together deliver three superb shows from Kyiv next May".
“Stuart Barlow, well known to everyone at the Song Contest for his invaluable contribution over the years, is also a first-class appointment as Show Producer. Stuart has great expertise in live television broadcasting and has been part of the Eurovision Family for many years. He will bring an enormous wealth of knowledge which will benefit the NTU in producing this year’s contest and has already been working closely with EBU and NTU on looking at what is needed to bring together what will be a wonderful 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv”, added Jon Ola Sand.
The theme artwork for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will be unveiled in the coming weeks and in January the Reference Group will meet again in Kyiv where the Semi-Final Allocation Draw will also take place. The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on 9, 11 and 13 May.