BULGARIA – The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is overly politicized, Bulgaria’s representative Kristian Kostov said in an interview with TASS. Kostov, who was one of the finalists of the Russian The Voice Kids TV show, added that the situation surrounding Russian contestant Yulia Samoilova was “terrible and unfair.”
“I don’t like to discuss political issues because I think that the Eurovision Song Contest is a music event while music unites people, but this time we see the opposite thing. I hope things will settle down, the parties will come to terms and solve the problem. It would be a pity to lose such a contestant as Yulia, because I know her, she is a very bright person, she is an extremely kind soul and I would very much like to see her take part in the contest’s final. What is going on right now is terrible and unfair,” the Bulgarian singer said.
Last week, the Ukrainian Security Council (SBU) issued a three-year entry ban against Samoilova, citing her performance at a festival dubbed “A World of Sports and Kindness” held in Crimea on June 27, 2015. Ukraine’s authorities say that by performing in Crimea, Samoilova violated the Ukrainian government’s regulation dated June 4, 2015, which stipulates that foreign citizens should receive a special permission in order to enter Crimea.