Russia – Russia’s participation in the 2017 contest is now in question as today the host country Ukraine have decided to ban choice for Eurovision, Yulia Samoylova from the country. As such she will be unable to compete in the contest in May.
Last week it came to light that Yulia had performed in the Russian occupied territory of Crimea in 2015. The Security Service of Ukraine have today made the decision to ban her from entering.
The BBC have reported that another 140 Russian singers had been blacklisted by the SBU as well.
The decision has already sparked controversy with Eurovision Fans demanding the EBU step in and take host rights away from Ukraine.
Yulia was going to perform her song “Flame is Burning” but will the EBU defend her and make sure she takes part? Are you disappointing about the decision?