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!