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Russia's spurned singer tapped as Eurovision 2018 contestant

Russia's spurned singer tapped as Eurovision 2018 contestant

Yesterday, Russian broadcaster Channel 1 chose to withdraw from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest after Ukraine had denied their participant Julia Samoylova access to the host country.

Russia's Channel One, the state broadcaster that transmits the contest to large Russian audiences, said organisers had offered the option of sending a different contestant or of having Samoylova perform via video link from Moscow.

Ukraine is refusing to allow Julia Samoilova to perform at Eurovision because she toured Crimea in 2015, after the peninsula was seized by Russian Federation in 2014.

"Given the circumstances, Channel One doesn't believe that broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest will be possible". The reason, according to Kyiv, is that Samoylova toured Crimea after it was annexed by Russian Federation in 2014.

Italy is the one to beat at the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest according to the betting houses, fan polls and Eurovision gurus.

"We very much wanted all 43 countries to be able to participate and did all we could to achieve this", Freiling said.

The organizers have reminded that 42 countries will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest-2017. "Our top priority remains to produce a spectacular Eurovision".

The Ukrainian Security Council issued the three-year entry ban against Samoylova last month, citing her performance at a festival dubbed A World of Sports and Kindness, which was held in Crimea on June 27, 2015.

The first Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final takes place on May 9 with Ireland in the second Semi-Final on May 11.

After their entrant was banned from entering host country Ukraine, Russia pulls out of Eurovision, increasing already strained tensions between the two countries.

Yulia was banned after it was found she had traveled to Crimea in 2015 and did not use an official Ukrainian border entrance, thus breaching Ukrainian law.

Ukraine won last year's contest in Stockholm, Sweden, after singer Jamala triumphed with her song "1944".


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