Russia-1 the main channel of VGTRK has reported that no channel in Russia will be broadcasting this years Eurovision Song Contest.
Russia-1 has in their evening news bulletin announced that no channel within the country will be broadcasting the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 if Yulia Samoilova is not allowed to compete. The decision comes after Ukrainian Authorities this afternoon announced a ban on Yulia Samoilova from travelling to Ukraine for three years. The 27-year-old singer was due to represent Russia at this years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
The report from Russia-1 states that an agreement has been made between itself and Channel One that they will not broadcast this years Eurovision Song Contest. The report has not been confirmed by Channel One who this year have the responsibility of organising the countries participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. Russia-1 and Channel One have rotating responsibility for Russian participation in the competition, with Channel One organising in odd years and Russia-1 in even years.
There is no precedent in the 62 year history of the Eurovision Song Contest for the participant of another country being banned from the host country’s territory. It is yet to be seen if Russia will compete in this years Eurovision Song Contest, however it appears very unlikely that the country will now attend the contest in the Ukrainian Capital.
Yulia was internally selected by Channel One to perform the song “Flame Is Burning” in Kyiv. Her participation in this years contest was announced a day before the Head of Delegations Meeting in the Ukrainian Capital, following weeks of speculation as to whether Russia would compete in Ukraine.
27-year-old Yulia Samoilova is from Ukhta in the Komi Republic. She took part in the Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony in 2014 and was the runner-up in the 2013 Russian version of the X Factor. Whilst taking part in the X Factor she was coached by Alla Pugacheva who represented the country at the contest in 1997.
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Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory to date in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow the following year. In the past two years Russia has finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.