Eurovision 2017: Russia not allowed to take part in Kiev

Yulia Samoylova Russia Eurovision 2018

Several news outlets report that Ukraine will ban the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was due to represent Russia with the song ‘Flame Is Burning’.

“Ukraine’s Security Service has banned Russian national Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine for three years,” SBU spokesperson Olena Hytlianska said in a statement. “This is due to information that she had violated Ukrainian law.”

Reason for the ban is the fact that Samoylova performed in the Crimean city of Kerch in 2015.

EBU: “Respect the local laws”

The Ukrainian authorities have confirmed to the EBU that they have issued a travel ban on the Russian Eurovision artist. The EBU reacts as followed:

“We have to respect the local laws of the host country. However we are deeply disappointed in this decision. As we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.”

“We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.”

Azerbaijan 2012

In 2012, the EBU strictly demanded security guarantees from the Azeri government. These guarantees with regards to freedom of expression as well as the safety for a potential Armenian participant. The Azeri government temporarily changed its visa policy for Armenian citizens. However, in the end, the Armenian delegation decided to withdraw from the contest nonetheless.

This year, EBU took similar notions with Ukranian broadcaster NTU. Earlier on in the season, EBU’s Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that “all Russian artists should be able to participate in Kiev, even the ones on the “blacklist”.”

Russia plans to withdraw from contest permanently

Meanwhile, Russia plans to step down from taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. “If the Eurovision leadership is silent, it’s completely politicized and biased,” Russian politician Frants Klintsevich said.

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  1. Russia should create with some other countries new international song contest. Most important rules will be:
    1) Points from jury: 1) 10, 2) 9, 3) 8, 4) 7, 5) 6, 6) 5, 7) 4, 8) 3, 9) 2, 10) 1.
    2) Points from televoting: 1) 15, 2) 13, 3) 11, 4) 9, 5) 7, 6) 5, 7) 4, 8) 3, 9) 2, 10) 1.
    3) Divide the finalists into two halves (favorites and outsiders). Favorites to all middle positions, outsiders to all external positions (for example 1-7 outsiders, 8-20 favorites and 21-26 outsiders).
    4) Limits to 12 people on stage and 3:30 length of the songs.
    5) Modern stage with good shape. For example hexagonal floor like this in national selections in Latvia and rectangular screen, which will be curved on sides, along the rear sides of the floor. It will be something between stages in Latvian Supernova 2017 and Swedish Melodifestivalen 2017. 2nd idea is stage with circular floor, like this in Kiev for Eurovision Song Contest 2017, but with more simple shape of screen in background. It will be rectangle close to the quadrat, but of course rounded along the back of the floor. This type of stage would be good for “Occidentalis Karma” but of course stage in Kiev will be bad for Italian entry, mainly due to the complicated shape of stage in the back.

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