Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin: “cynical & inhuman act”

RUSSIA – The decision by the SBU, Ukraine’s intelligence agency, to ban Russia’s wheelchair-bound Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine is a cynical and inhuman act, Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin told TASS. “This is yet another openly cynical and inhuman act by the authorities in Kiev,” he commented. Earlier on Wednesday spokeswoman for Kiev’s intelligence agency, Yelena Gitlyanskaya, said Yulia Samoilova would not be allowed to ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 10:12 pm // 0 Comments

Kirkorov urges Russia to withdraw for indefinite time

As an artist, as a producer, as a person that has supported and promoted Eurovision more than anyone else I am shocked with the decision of Ukraine's security service. Eurovision Song Contest, started after the 2nd world war,as an international competition that would bring countries and their citizens together through music. The Russian national broadcaster, despite the fear of a provocation, took the decision to send Yulia Samoylova to perform for our country, respecting not only the ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 9:28 pm // 0 Comments

Russian broadcasters joint decision: Yulia for 2018 no matter the host country

RUSSIA – The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is deeply disappointed in Kiev’s decision to ban Russian Eurovision contestant Yulia Samoilova from entering Ukraine, the union said in a statement published on the Eurovision website. “We have to respect the local laws of the host country, however we are deeply disappointed in this decision as we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values,” the ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 7:02 pm // 0 Comments

Armenian broadcaster receives no official writ from Ukraine

ARMENIA – Russian media outlets have spread information according to which Armenian representative at Eurovision song contest Artsvik Harutyunyan’s entry to Ukraine may be banned for visiting Crimea. Anton Gerashchenko, advisor to the Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine has said that if Artsvik Harutyunyan has been to Crimea a separate decision will be taken for her. “Armenpress” was informed from the Public TV of Armenia that Armenia has participated in Eurovision for over a ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 4:53 pm // 0 Comments

The EBU reacts on the Ukrainian decision to ban Russian participant

SWITZERLAND – Earlier today several news outlets reported that the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, has been banned from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was due to represent Russia with the song Flame is Burning. More details are expected soon. Statement from the EBU regarding Russia’s participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest: It has been confirmed to the EBU that the Ukrainian authorities have issued a travel ban on the Russian artist ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 3:30 pm // 0 Comments

The WTF news of the day: Ukraine bars Russian singer over Crimea visit!

BBC.CO.UK REPORTS / UKRAINE – Ukraine has barred Russia’s Eurovision contestant because she performed in Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014. Julia Samoilova was banned from attending the event because of her “illegal” visit , the Ukrainian SBU security service said. Samoilova, 27, has confirmed that she sang in Crimea in 2015. Ukraine is due to host Eurovision in Kiev, in May. A Russian foreign ministry source told Ria-Novosti news agency the decision was “cynical ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 2:55 pm // 0 Comments

Moldova 2017: photo impressions of Sunstroke Project meeting with the President

MOLDOVA – Moldovan President Dodon Igor met with the 2017 Moldovan representatives The Sunstroke Project. The President issued photos and a message for them: Today I had a meeting with sunstroke project band, who will represent the republic of moldova at Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Tour of “hey momma” which will continue of 1 April through Tel Aviv (5 April), Amsterdam (8 April), Madrid (15 April) and Moscow (April 21th ) as band and participation in the international ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 9:46 am // 0 Comments

Could Armenian representative, Artsvik face the same fate as Yulia?

ARMENIA – We already know about the Ukrainian threat on Russian participation, since Yulia Somoilova could be refused entrance territory since she performed in Crimea before… Well, it appears now that another artist could face the same problem. Russian newspaper revealed that young Artsvik from Armenia may be refused entrance on Ukrainian territory. Security Bureau of Ukraine is about to investigate on a possible visit to Crimea made by the Armenian entrant. Public ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 9:39 am // 1 Comment

RTP optimistic for Portugal’s result in Kyiv

PORTUGAL – RTP Head of delegation, Mrs Carla Bugalho, has stated in a press conference that the objective of RTP in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 “is to reach the best score ever for Portugal in this contest”. The statement was made during a press conference organized in Lisbon, near the City Hall, with the presence of the composer Luísa Sobral and the singer and Portuguese representative in Kiev, Salvador Sobral. Mrs Bugalho wishes to win the contest. “We have ... | read the full story here

March 22, 2017 9:06 am // 1 Comment

EuroPrediction 2017: Europe start voting!

PRESS RELEASE – The team of is proudly launching the 2017 edition of EuroPrediction, the annual poll through which visitors and jury predict the winner. This year the poll will have a revamped layout and your re invited to vote your top ten in each of the available shows. Each poll (semi finals and final) will close one hour before the show. Security options have been increased so no matter if you think you can trick the system and manage to see double voting, your vote will ... | read the full story here

March 21, 2017 9:44 pm // 0 Comments