Tuesday, January 03, 2017


The Eurovision song contest 2017 is slowly shaping up and later this month we should get the slogan and the visual design for this year. The stage design will be then revealed in February. As posted before it will be done once again by German Florian Wieder. The executive producer Vicotira Romanova says:

"For the Eurovision 2017, we are preparing a unique, modern world-class, Ukrainian show. To this end, we have built a team of national and international professionals, who have a long-standing experience in the production of TV-shows. The Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will fuse Ukrainian and international experience."

The show producers this year are Stuart Barlow and Oleh Bodnarschuk. Stuart is no stranger to Eurovision, he's been around since 2011every year, except last year in Stockholm. As the Show Producer of Eurovision 2017 he is responsible for the coordination of all creative aspects of show production and content from early planning stages to the live broadcasts of the three shows totalling almost eight hours of live TV. In short he's in charge for the various entries and their performances.
He started working on the Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine in October. He manages the issues of stage design, lighting design, graphic design, show performances and all competition acts at Eurovision 2017. He is a freelance TV-producer with over 25 years of experience in the media business and has done everything from commercials to late night comedy, entertainment and live broadcasts. This blogger remembers the nice and funny guy from the Viewing Room in 2014 :-) He says:

"I am honoured and excited to work in such a vibrant country. In 2017, viewers will see things that have never been at the Eurovison Song Contest before. They can expect fantastic and creative shows, showcasing the very best of Ukrainian arts, culture and technology. Together with the Creative Director Oleh Bodnarchuk we are developing ideas so that next May we will show Europe and the rest of the world the diversity of the musical, artistic and design scenes in Ukraine."

Oleh Bodnarschuk will take care of all the rest. He will be responsible for staging the opening and interval acts, as well as the performances of the special ESC 2017 guests. Together with the Show Producer, he will develop the creative part of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. He is an outstanding director and creative director of large-scale Ukrainian and foreign shows. He worked over such TV projects as the Star Factory, The Voice and The Voice Kids. He successfully proved himself as a director at The America’s Got Talent. He also directed M1 Music Awards in 2015 and Miss Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.

So, it sounds like we are getting back some local flavor to the show, maybe. The mention of special guests brings in mind Justin Timberlake in 2016. Are we getting more of that sort of entertainment...?

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