The European Broadcasting Union is continuing to look at other options to ensure Yulia Samoilova can compete in Eurovision 2017.
TASS the Russian News Agency reports that in a statement from the EBU, it has been confirmed that the broadcasting union is still looking at other options to ensure Yulia Samoilova can compete in Ukraine. Dave Goodman the Communications Officer at the European Broadcasting Union, informed TASS that:
we are continuing our dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the ambition to have all artists present to perform in host city, Kyiv, which is, of course, our preferred option. However, in case the travel ban on Yulia Samoilova is upheld, we have to investigate alternative options.
Yesterday the European Broadcasting Union proposed that Yulia Samoilova could still compete in this years Eurovision Song Contest but through a satellite link to Moscow. The proposal which was rejected by Channel One later that evening, was also rejected by the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine. The proposal would have breached existing Ukrainian laws regarding the broadcasting of content containing individuals banned from Ukraine.
In a statement Channel One expressed their views on the proposal stating that:
We believe the remote participation proposal to be strange and reject it. It is undoubtedly contrary to the very idea of this event.
Yulia Samoilova is currently banned from entering Ukraine for a period of three years, following a decision by the SBU, the Ukrainian Security Service. Yulia was found to have breached a law stating that it is illegal to enter Crimea through a non-Ukrainian border post.
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.