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Eurovision 2017: Russia Withdrawal


Eurovision 2017 – Yesterday saw the confirmation by Russia that it will not take part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU has been unable to broker any srt of agreement between Ukraine and Russia over the participation of Yulia Samoilova. 

The EBU released the following statement:

“Following the official confirmation that Russian Eurovision entrant, Julia Samoylova, will not be permitted to travel to Kyiv to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, the EBU formally offered two alternative proposals to Channel One in a bid to find a solution that would enable Russia to continue their participation in this year’s event.

“These proposals were to either take part via satellite or to change their chosen artist to one who could legally travel to Ukraine for the duration of the Contest. Sadly both proposals have been rejected by Channel One and they have now announced they do not intend to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Unfortunately this means Russia will no longer be able to take part in this year’s competition. We very much wanted all 43 countries to be able to participate and did all we could to achieve this.”

Furthermore, the Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group, Frank Dieter Freiling stated:

“We strongly condemn the Ukrainian authorities’ decision to impose a travel ban on Julia Samoylova as we believe it thoroughly undermines the integrity and non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest and its mission to bring all nations together in friendly competition. However, preparations continue apace for the Eurovision Song Contest in the host city Kyiv. Our top priority remains to produce a spectacular Eurovision Song Contest with our Member UA:PBC in May.”

Russian TV station Russia One will now not show the contest this year. No other Russian channel has said it will show it either, with RTR saying they will boycott it “in solidarity with Channel One”.

The Russian Head of Delegation is said t have stated “This is a stupid folly, which says nothing good about people who rule Ukraine”.

It is expected that Yulia Samoilova will be the Russian representative in 2018 now instead.

10 comments on “Eurovision 2017: Russia Withdrawal

  1. The semi final 2 vote will have to be done again now Russia have quit. Makes it a fairer result I think so I will do it again today

  2. A user on PB posted a YT clip by Anatoly Shariy (Ukrainian investigative journalist who had to leave the Ukraine under president Janukovich, was granted asylum in the EU in 2012 and currently lives in Lithuania). Shariy, who is not known as a friend of Russia (see the Janukovich affair) claims that other Russian acts who performed on occupied Crimea have been allowed to enter Ukraine and perform there in the past, Comedy Woman f. e.
    I honestly don’t know whom to believe anymore but I would love the EBU to thoroughly investigate whether the Ukrainian law is consistently enforced or not. If not, Ukraine should be in real trouble ESC-wise too.

  3. These two countries are not innocent in this affair. Russia should not have chosen Smoilova and Ukraine should have let this one go. Both have done their best to use ESC as a political weapon, so to speak. Both deserve to be banned from ESC 2018, imo. It’s not going to happen, though, and the EBU will forget about this incident fairly quickly, imo.

  4. I am very curious to see if EBU will take any actions against Ukraine. Most probably 100 euros penalty fees ? :P

  5. I think the EBU should have made it clear since the beginning (i.e. when ESC was first organized in the 50s) that a country is only eligible to host if they don’t have travel restrictions for citizens of other participating countries. Not saying Ukraine is the only one to blame here, Russia has clearly sought to politicize it as much as possible.

  6. “It is expected that Yulia Samoilova will be the Russian representative in 2018 now instead.”
    And many people wonder what actions will follow next from the side of EBU. Well I think Samoilova may be back next year with a better song and she will be pulled to victory; )

  7. Boooooo, travesty…I will follow esc in 2017 but my interest in it is very low, I wont follow it with any excitement..esc is really loosing literally all credibility as festival..

  8. I hope we wont quilify too..and will withdraw finally forever..and hope some other countries do the same..so this festival is going to die, but slowly..year by year..

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