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  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 13:03 on May 20, 2017 1:03 pm Permalink |  

    Yulia Samoylova praises the 2017 Eurovision winner 

    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.

  • another web source 12:47 on May 16, 2017 12:47 pm Permalink |  

    Russian President has no regrets for his country absence from Eurovision 2017 

    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.

  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 18:47 on May 10, 2017 6:47 pm Permalink |  

    Julia performs the withdrawn Eurovision entry in Sevastopol, Crimea 

  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 14:03 on May 10, 2017 2:03 pm Permalink |  

    OGAE Russia registered fans are held in the Kyiv airport 

    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.

  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 12:57 on April 24, 2017 12:57 pm Permalink |  

    Poll shows most Russians support cancellation of Eurovision broadcast 

    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.

  • Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) 21:40 on April 14, 2017 9:40 pm Permalink |  

    Find out why Russian withdrawal will affect viewing figures and which country could benefit the most 

    RUSSIA- A historic low is expected in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest viewing rates as Russia is now out of the competition and also from the broadcasting of the three shows. Up to recent years a country not broadcasting the event was not eligible for participating next year but the rule doesn’t exist anymore.

    15 million viewers seems to be the share of the Russian audience in the viewing rates in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest according to local media (for all three shows). EBU also estimated based on reports that the three 2016 Eurovision shows reached 204 million viewers.

    The loss of those 15 million Russians (European Russia audience 12,5 million, 2,5 Asian Russia audience) could also have another effect: Russians in Europe might skip watching the contest as well. Russian media estimate that another 15 million viewers will be lost (not sure though if 15 million Russians are in the rest of Europe). In any case a huge loss for the Eurovision event.

    Depending on your perspective, Russia has either withdrawn from Eurovision 2017 or been forcibly ejected. Regardless of your take, there’s a new question on the horizon: Which countries benefit the most from Russia’s absence? The path is now clear for another country to make it out of Semi-Final 2. And the incredibly large Russian diaspora vote is now up for grabs. Let’s take a look at this new dimension to the contest.

    In the meantime watching out the voting patterns of Russia, we see that Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia are getting high points from mama-Russia usually plus the Russian diaspora votes to these countries. Russia was getting an average of 7.62 points from those countries since 2010 with a peak of 11.1 points in 2016 when Sergey Lazarev participated. The lowest was 5.3 points in 2011 when Alex Sparrow represented Russia.

    Those eleven countries usually are estimated to give to Russia more than 8 points (55% chances based on voting trends of those 11 countries) with Belarus being the friendliest voter to Russia.

    Now that Russia is out of the picture the second semi final, it seems that Bulgaria, currently second in the betting odds and topping many polls could get the Russian votes. After all Kristian Kostov is half Russian. Belarus could also get diaspora voting from the Russians living in Europe as it’s the satellite nation to Russia.

    • PJ 23:08 on April 18, 2017 11:08 pm Permalink

      You re absolutly right. This voting system is the most Annoying thing in the contest and the reason why só many people, including me, lost interst…

    • Kevin Riley 18:15 on April 16, 2017 6:15 pm Permalink

      I love the way that voting for a lousy song and attempting to cheat the voting is called ‘diaspora’ to legitimise it. Of course, it’s why Greece does so well, as so many awful entries have performed well in phone voting.

  • Norman Burdon (Canada) 13:58 on April 14, 2017 1:58 pm Permalink |  

    Russia 2017: Kremlin, Yulia and HoD react on the crisis 

    RUSSIA – The Kremlin, the Russian Head of Delegation and singer Yulia Samoylova reacted to the withdrawal of Russia from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

    The Kremlin attacks the EBU

    Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president Vladimir Putin, made today the following statement: “We can only express regret that Eurovision organizers have failed to fulfill their own rules and to urge the country that had expressed its willingness to host this contest to observe the principles of the host country as outlined by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).”

    Yulia Samoylova speaks to Channel One

    “The support is unreal. It’s not just Russia either — it’s from all over the world. In Japan, they draw me like an anime hero! It’s upsetting because it’s my dream, but I believe in hope. I believe I will go to Eurovision again. I want my example to inspire people, to inspire them to not surrender in any situation, live a full life and follow their dreams.”

    Russian HoD statement

    Russian Head of Delegation Yuri Aksyuta stated: “We cannot participate on the terms that are offered to us. The EBU gave us two options: Film Julia in Moscow remotely and broadcast through satellite or change the participant. The first option is unacceptable because it is a complete violation of the rules and discrimination against the Russian participant. The second option is even worse than offering for Julia to sing remotely. This has been Julia’s dream her whole life. In my opinion the absence of a participant from Russia is very damaging to the reputation of the contest itself and in general for Russian viewers it is an additional reason to not have an interest in this contest.”

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 19:10 on April 13, 2017 7:10 pm Permalink |  

    Russian national broadcaster officially withdraws from Eurovision 2017 

    RUSSIA – Russian national broadcaster officially confirms its withdrawal from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest after failing to negotiate with the European Broadcasting Union over the Yulia Samoylova participation in Kyiv’s event. The ban of the singer by the Ukrainian authorities caused a big crisis among the EBU, Russian and Ukrainian broadcasters. Russian national broadcaster also confirms they will not air the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

    the story is in development…

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 15:58 on April 9, 2017 3:58 pm Permalink |  

    Russian Burger King branch owner offers a billion rubles to let Samoylova go to Eurovision 

    RUSSIA – The Russian branch of the fast food chain Burger King sent a letter to the Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, requesting permission for Russian singer, Yuliya Samoylova, to enter Ukraine for the Eurovision Song Contest, reports Lenta.ru.

    If the president of Ukraine accepts the offer, the company is ready to transfer up to one billion rubles ($14.5 million USD) to the budget of Ukraine. The company specifies that the project will be implemented within the framework of the Burger King charitable program in Russia.

    This is not the first time the Russian Burger King company has offered large sums to famous people and organizations. In November 2016, the company promised Ksenia Sobchak 100 million rubles a year for naming her son Kingo, and even earlier offered 500 million rubles ($8.74 million USD) to St. Petersburg’s football club Zenit as a “one-time sponsorship” to change its name into “Zenit-Burger King.” Representatives of the club responded by trolling the company.

  • A. Alexandrovic (Swiss) 13:10 on April 7, 2017 1:10 pm Permalink |  

    Friday Briefing: Minus One become Minus Two, Russia suspends party and Emmelie sings the UK entry 

    CYPRUS – The Cypriot power band Minus One are soon to be minus two, as lead singer Francois Micheletto and bass player Antonis Loizides part ways with the group. In the band’s page the message was the following: “It is with sadness that we inform you that our lead singer Francois and our bass player Antonis have decided, for important, but totally unrelated personal reasons, to part ways with the band. Our hearts are with them. They have been two amazing partners on a journey which has lasted 7 years, and which has seen us representing Cyprus at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2016, among many other exciting experiences. We will never forget those days. We separate as friends, colleagues, partners. Francois and Antonis will perform all the concerts scheduled until the end of May. Minus One will continue to exist and we look forward to new collaborations. We count on your support and friendship, for many days, months and years more.”

    RUSSIA – After several withdrawals from the attending list and the uncertainty with the Russian participation, the organisers of the Moscow party cancel the event. Provisional, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, Italy, Moldova and Switzerland were suppose to participate and join the Russian participant in the event. But the crisis between the two rivals (Russia, Ukraine) forced the event into suspension.

    DENMARK – Emmelie de Forest, one of the authors for the UK 2017 Eurovision entry “Never Give You Up” released her own version of the song.

  • Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) 19:39 on March 28, 2017 7:39 pm Permalink |  

    Russian / EBU relations once again in tension 

    RUSSIA – In a recent interview Eurovision Reference Group Chairman Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling discussed several issues about the Eurovision Song Contest such as the BIG 5 system, the participation of Australia and potential international entries and of course the issue with Yulia Samoilova as oikotimes.com reported earlier today.

    In that interview Mr Freiling said that Russian national broadcaster has not booked their accommodation for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Few moments ago Russian tabloid, LIFE.ru reported that Channel One seems to have answered to that statement saying that 30 rooms already booked in prestigious and fashionable hotels in Kyiv through the official booking system of the EBU without though mentioning the date when they did that.

    It is no secret that in the Yulia Samoilova crisis despite Ukrainian allegations towards Russia, Moscow always responds in a way which avoids the name of host country, Ukraine, and blaming the European Broadcasting Union for the mess.

    It is not the first time Russian / EBU relations are in tension as in 2014 Russian broadcaster was seriously upset when EBU released in the press an answered letter to Russia regarding the law against homosexual propaganda in Russia, mentioning that the country hasn’t respond to them something which was proven by photos of the answering letter by Russia few hours later.

  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 12:50 on March 28, 2017 12:50 pm Permalink |  

    Russian based artists in support for Yulia Samoilova 

    RUSSIA – Russian based artists have started flashmob performing Flame is Burning in support of Yulia Samoylova. The line up includes former Eurovision entrants Dmitry Koldun © http://www.koldun.name and Arsenium as well as Oleg Gazmanov, Olga Orlova, Valeriya, Margarita Pozoyan, Anna Shulgina, Anastasiya Kraynova, Lyudmila Sokolova and Yaroslava Dyagtyarova. (source: LIFE.ru / translation: esckaz.com)

  • Ghassan Al Kaziri (UAE) 12:42 on March 27, 2017 12:42 pm Permalink |  

    The Monday Eurovision Telegram with the latest headlines 

    • Iveta Mukuchyan, the 2016 Eurovision entrant for Armenia published her video performance for Loveware which took place in Los Angeles’ Pan Armenian Entertainment Awards back in November.
    • Frank-Dieter Freiling the Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group spoke recently about the system of big 5 going directly to the final: “The big five members have a special arrangement for a long time that they will perform directly together with the host country in the final. The origin here is the necessity of re-financing the contest. The five major Western European countries are disproportionately the largest participators in televoting and the resulting proportionate remuneration by national telecom operators. Certainly, this aspect has to be checked again and again for its timeliness and justification, but at the moment, this regulation makes sense, also from the point of view of the other participants, and finds agreement.”
    • Regarding the participation of Australia he said: “Australia has been artistically immensely enriching on the ESC. The high quality of the Australian singers was an incentive to all other nations to continue their artistic development. It was also clear how much Australia stands for the ESC’s value code and how much the Australians’ interest in the ESC is. What we have already said last year as a justification applies. For decades, Australia has been linked to the live performance of the ESC in early morning sunshine and, although located at the other end of the world, sees itself as a part of European history and culture through the diverse ethnic groups of the Australians.”
    • Will new countries outside Europe participate? He states that: “There are a lot of countries outside Europe that are very interested in participating. Until now, however, no interested party could prove that it is a sustainable interest in the ESC and not just a jump on the biggest European entertainment show. There is also a need for a common catalog of values ​​for diversity, as is already the case for all members of the ESC.”
    • Regarding the Russian / Ukrainian conflict Mr Freiling says: “We still have no official notification to the Ukrainian government on this matter. President or Prime Minister could override the decision of the security apparatus by decree. Of course, in this question the EBU has to respect Ukrainian laws. However, from the outset, we had made it very clear that we expect all participants to take part. Let us wait, as Ukraine finally decides in this matter. Then Russia will have to discuss what further action is appropriate. However, we were also very well aware that the Russian delegation had not yet taken part in the mandatory pre-viewing dates before the Ukrainian decision and had not reserved any accommodation, as opposed to all other delegations. Russia, on the other hand, must make it clear that participation, if possible, is also perceived.”
    • In the meantime Ruslana attacks Russia blaming them choosing Yulia Samoilova for Eurovision 2017: “I answered frankly and honestly. Those who chose the artist of Russia, know about the laws of Ukraine, but it is uniquely provocation. Therefore, Ukraine has reacted. Security (Ukrainian Security Service) could not in this situation act differently …. in Ukraine every day people continue to die I hope that propaganda has not mangled my words. I am very actively inviting all those present to Ukraine, shattering all the stereotypes created around the Ukraine …. I said that it will be a mix of new and original ideas.”
    • Claudia Faniello, this year’s artist for Malta at the Eurovision Song Contest, will perform at the 6th Eurovision Weekend in Berlin (14-16 July), which is organised by the Berlin Eurovision fan group together with OGAE Malta. Since 2012, the Eurovision Weekend takes place once a year, together with an OGAE fanclub from abroad (2012: Finland, 2013: Israel, 2014: UK, 2015: Denmark, 2016: Netherlands). We are happily looking forward to seeing Claudia Faniello, Glen Vella and Kurt Calleja live on stage at the Grand Gala. Furthermore we will have the 2nd edition of the OGAEvision Song Contest, our new annual competition between the fan clubs. The sale of the limited tickets has already started!
  • another web source 17:20 on March 24, 2017 5:20 pm Permalink |  

    EBU seeks alternative options for Russia 

    TASS.COM REPORTS / UKRAINE – The European Broadcasting Union (EBU), continues to investigate options to ensure Russian contestant Yulia Samoilova’s participation in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, EBU Senior Communications officer Dave Goodman told TASS.

    Kyiv earlier responded negatively to the suggestion to broadcast her song during the contest. When asked if there were any options that could provide Samoilova with an opportunity to participate, Goodman said that “we are continuing our dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the ambition to have all artists present to perform in host city, Kiev, which is, of course, our preferred option.”

    “However, in case the travel ban on Julia Samoylova is upheld, we have to investigate alternative options,” he added.

    Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Vyacheslav Kirilenko earlier wrote on Twitter that broadcasting Samoilova’s song during the Eurovision Song Contest would be against Ukraine’s law.

    Meanwhile, Russia’s Channel One rejected the EBU’s proposal to arrange a satellite broadcast of Samoilova’s performance. “We believe the remote participation proposal to be strange and reject it. It is undoubtedly contrary to the very idea of this event,” Channel One said in a statement.

    On Wednesday, 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.

  • Fotis Konstantopoulos (Greece) 19:39 on March 23, 2017 7:39 pm Permalink |  

    Russia rejects satellite option and attacks the EBU 

    RUSSIA – Russian national broadcaster, not only rejects the offer for a satellite performance of Yulia Samoilova for at least the second semi final but also attacks the EBU considering them as the only responsible for the situation. In their statement they say:

    “The first channel received the official proposal of the EBU, which is that the Russian participant of the Eurovision Song Contest Julia Samoilova performed in the semifinal of the contest via live broadcast from Moscow . In this regard, we consider it necessary to state the following. The first channel acted in full accordance with the rules of “Eurovision” and chose the participant of the contest, which is registered by the EBU and remains the current contestant. Claims against Julia Samoylova from EBU are not present. According to the rules of “Eurovision”, the broadcasting country should provide all participants “the opportunity to obtain an entry visa for the entire period of the event.”

    Thus, Yulia Samoilova’s refusal to enter the territory of Ukraine violates the rules of the contest.

    “We consider the offer of distance participation strange and refuse it, because it certainly contradicts the very meaning of the event, whose strict rule is the live performance on the stage of “Eurovision”. We believe that the European Broadcasting Union should not invent new rules for the Russian participant in 2017 and is able to hold a competition in accordance with its own rules.”

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