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Russia: Yulia Samoylova unveils entry “I Won’t Break”

What a roller coaster 12 months it has been for this year’s Russian entrant Yulia Samoylova. The performer was chosen by the Russian broadcaster Channel One to represent the nation in Ukraine almost a year ago (a year tomorrow, in fact!) in an ill-fated attempt to participate in the Kyiv contest. After the performer was banned from entering Ukraine for …

Let The Public Decide… Or Not?

This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not represent the views of the other editors, the EBU or escYOUnited as a whole. The trees are up, you’ve heard the same old songs one hundred times already and you’ve not even got to open THIS year’s pair of socks from some almost-forgotten aunt, yet the 2018 …

Yulia Samoilova to return to Crimea

As you will be well aware – Russia were set to perform in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest but due to their chosen representative having previously visited Crimea Ukrainian authorities decided she would receive a 3 year ban from Ukraine and therefore unable to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest. But… That’s old news, what is interesting is that Yulia …

Russia Has Officially Withdrawn From Eurovision 2017

A conclusion has finally been reached, and a decision has been made. Russia will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Kyiv this year. The decision comes after a long lasting negotiation between the EBU, the Ukrainian national broadcaster and host of this years contest (UA:PBC) and this years Russian broadcaster (Channel 1). How Did …

Why Do We Care About Running Orders?

This editorial is written from the opinion of the author and does not represent the views of the other editors, the EBU or escYOUnited as a whole. Eurovision has its “facts” when it comes to running order; there are death spots and there are places which make people go “ooo, they’ve got the perfect spot”. Surely success doesn’t depend that …

Oleksandr Kharebin criticizes the EBU

A former Executive Producer of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has stepped forward to criticize the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). His concerns include the handling of the travel ban of Yulia Samoylova, the Russian representative. Oleksandr Kharebin resigned in February, along with almost two dozen other individuals, has spoken to DW, providing some details and insight from his perspective. As per Eurovoix …

Could Ukraine face Eurovision ban after hosting?

While everyone is all too aware of the issues that have arisen in the past week regarding Russia’s artist Yulia Samoylova and the Ukrainian authorities banning her from entering the country, it seems that today has thrown up a major development in the story, with the potential of sanctions or a ban from the contest arising for any countries deemed …

Yulia Samoylova might perform in ESC via satellite, the EBU says

This afternoon, the EBU has released a statement saying that the chosen Russian representative, Yulia Samoylova, who has been banned from travelling to Ukraine, has the opportunity to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest – via a satellite connection. The EBU has offered the Russian broadcaster Channel One to let Yulia compete in the second semi-final through a satellite connection, and …

Ukraine bans Yulia: International reaction

Today has seen the Eurovision Song Contest thrust into the limelight once more, although this time it has been for unsavoury reasons. Ukraine’s national security ministry, the SBU, this afternoon confirmed that Yulia Samoilova would not be permitted into Ukrainian territory to represent her native Russia in Eurovision in May. Since the confirmation, the news has spread far and wide …

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