RUSSIA – Following her appearance at the Miss CIS 2017 in Yerevan, Armenia, the banned participant of Russia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Yulia Samoilova said that she is getting prepared to represent her country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, as Channel One promised when the crisis between Russia and Ukraine escalated.
This statement comes few days after Philip Kirkorov’s statement that the country is gearing up preparation for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest seeking their representative.
Th contradiction between the two statements is based on the anticipated EBU ruling over the sanctions to Russia, which failed to attend several HoD meetings this year. If Channel One banned from the EBU from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest then RTR will resume the Eurovision participation and therefore Yulia Samoilova will be out of the picture of potential participants (unless the Kremlin says otherwise).
If Channel One gets only a financial penalty and that ends the story between them and EBU, then Yulia Samoilova is indeed a strong possibility for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
and the saga continues…
RUSSIA – Last night the MUZ TV Music Awards took place and of course we had many surprises such as the duet of Sergey Lazarev with Dima Bilan. In the meantime it was business as usual with Philip Kirkrov winning awards and making wonderastic (don’t fight over the word, you all can guess what it means) statement about Eurovision 2018.
Before we go to the statement let’s remember what happened with Russia this year. Russian representative Yulia Samoilova was banned from the Ukrainian authorities and couldn’t represent her country in Kyiv. This move made the Russians furious, saying (in the highest level possible) that she will represent Russia in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Last night Kirkorov made the following statement though saying that Russia will participate in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest and they are already seeking the representative. This means that Yulia Samoilova is out of the picture? Let’s not forget that after 2016 Eurovision Song Contest and despite winning the public voting, it was Sergey Lazarev and Philip Kirkorov who first made the statement that they will return in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
Now things are complicated: Lazarev truly meant he wanted to participated in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest as he is an artist dealing with RTR (yes, in Russia it seems that artists are divided in camps between the two national broadcasters). Though due to the withdrawal of Channel One in 2017, RTR has to wait one more year to take the Eurovision project.
Or not? Well, there are strong indications that Channel One is about to face elimination penalty (in the worst scenario) by the EBU for not attending several HoD meetings this year. If that happens then indeed RTR can resume Eurovision participation in 2018 and get Lazarev (or any other artist they want) back on stage and skip Yulia Samoilova (which is an artist who collaborates with Channel One).
You can easily say that we are over reacting and over thinking about this. But, do not forget: when Philip Kirkorov speaks, there is already a decision made behind it!
RUSSIA – Banned from Ukrainian authorities, Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Yulia Samoylova, praised the winner of the contest, Salvador Sobral through a message in Twitter. She said it was a fantastic song and the performer was magnificent. Julia Saoylova forced to withdraw from the contest after Ukrainian government decided not to allow her entrance in Kyiv. According to preliminary statement by Channel One Russia last April, the singer will represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest edition while EBU insists (although somehow we don’t believe it) that they will discuss penalties for Ukraine upon that decision in the June Reference Group meeting.
RUSSIA – Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the decision not to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest was correct and that he has no regrets about it. “As for Eurovision, those who wanted to watch it could do so online. I believe that our agencies involved in that process did the right thing when they refused to take part in it, because, from my point of view, the current authorities in Kiev are unable to host events of this kind,” the president told a news conference on Monday.
UKRAINE – It is reported that Adnaev Dmitry and Ryabov Sergei, registered OGAE Russia fans (and already accredited by the EBU / UA:PBC system) are held at the Kyiv airport and are facing deportation due to the political conflict between Ukraine and Russia. EBU has been notified but it’s the Ukrainian authorities who have taken over and try to resolve the issue after an OGAE Russia representative at the press center notified them. We are awaiting the development of the story. Weirdly the authorities at the airport asked for their accreditation, something which cannot be given to the fans before they reach the press area at the Kyiv Exhibition center.
TASS.COM REPORTS / RUSSIA – A vast majority of Russians (75%) support Channel One’s decision to cancel the broadcast of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest over Ukraine’s travel ban against Russian entrant Yulia Samoilova, the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center said in a statement on Monday.
“Against the background of the travel ban issued by Ukraine against the Russian contestant, as many as 75% of those polled supported Channel One’s decision to cancel the broadcast of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, while 18% opposed this move,” the statement reads.
According to the survey’s results, the number of Russians who watched the Eurovision Song Contest at least once has grown over the past five years: in 2012, 76% of respondents said they had seen the contest on TV, while in 2017 the number has risen to 82%. The number of regular viewers (that is, those who say they watch the contest’s broadcast annually) has remained at 19% since 2012. At the same time, the number of regular female viewers is more (25%) than the number of male viewers (12%) while people in the 60+ category are more keen to watch the contest (28%) than viewers aged 18-24 (13%) and 25-34 (9%). Another 17% of those surveyed said that they had never watched a Eurovision broadcast.
“The Russians’ response to the decision to cancel the broadcast of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest is predictable,” Mikhail Mamonov, Director of the pollster’s research projects, said. “Ukraine’s attitude towards Yulia Samolilova is considered to be unfair and politicized while the unfairness evoked an emotional response recorded during the poll. The broadcast’s cancellation is aimed to clarify Russia’s position. Those who want to watch the contest, can do so on the internet so no one’s rights and opportunities are going to be restricted,” he added.
The poll involving a total of 1,200 respondents aged over 18, was conducted on April 17-18. A margin of error does not exceed 3.5% at the 95% confidence level.
On March 22, the Ukrainian Security Council (SBU) issued a three-year travel 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.
The European Broadcasting Union said that it was deeply disappointed by Kiev’s decision to ban Russian contestant from entering Ukraine.
EBU Director General Ingrid Deltenre forwarded a letter to the Ukrainian prime minister saying that “should we not be able to find an agreeable solution to this matter, it will without doubt place the future participation of Ukraine in the Eurovision Song Contest under threat.” The Supervisory Board of Ukraine’s National Public Broadcasting Company, in turn, said that the EBU should refrain from interfering in Kiev’s interior affairs and respect Ukraine’s sovereignty.
On April 13, Channel One announced its decision to cancel the broadcast of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in light of the entry ban issued by the Ukrainian authorities against Samoilova. The 2017 Eurovision Song Contest semifinals will be held in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on May 9 and 11 while the Grand Final will take place on May 13.