It’s been on the forefront of most Eurovision fan’s minds these last few weeks – would Russia compete in Kyiv? Today, we have our answer…
After weeks of frantic attempts by the EBU to broker a compromise between Russia and hosts Ukraine, none have proved successful and Russia has announced they are withdrawing from this year’s contest.
The decision comes after Ukrainian authorities denied Russian contestant Yuliya Samoilova clearance to enter the country after it transpired she had performed in Crimea – a region disputed between Russia and Ukraine.
Although Yuliya will now no longer sing for Russia in 2017, both Russian broadcasters responsible for Eurovision, Rossiya-1 and Channel One, have stated that Yuliya will sing for Russia at Eurovision 2018, regardless of venue or winning country. This would theoretically give her the longest promotion time of any singer in the history of Eurovision.
What do you think of the decision? What precedent does this news set for the future of Eurovision?
Let us know what you think!
Author: James Scanlan
Source: Channel One, EuroVoix
Image Source: Eurovision Ireland