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San Marino: Director General Speaks Out About Yulia’s Ban

The Director General of San Marino RTV has spoken out about the decision to ban Yulia Samoilova from Ukraine.

Carlo Romeo the Director General of San Marino RTV has today commented on the decision of the Ukrainian Security Services to ban Yulia Samoilova from the Eurovision Song Contest. Yulia was banned earlier this week, having entered Crimea in 2015 using an non-Ukrainian border post. She has been banned from entering Ukraine for the next three years.

Mr Romeo stated:

As a State broadcaster does not we agree on the behavior of the organizers in Ukraine to the Russian competitor. We do not care if it’s a conspiracy or a Russian provocation, the Eurovision  (Song Contest) should be a neutral ground.

San Marino RTV are the only European Broadcasting Union member outside of Russia and Ukraine to have commented on the current situation. It has yet to be confirmed whether Russia will still compete in this years Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.

Valentina Monetta & Jimmie Wilson will represent San Marino with the song “Spirit Of The Night” at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Valentina Monetta is returning to the Eurovision Song Contest for a fourth time having last participated in the contest in 2014. She is to date the only singer from the country to have taken them to a Eurovision final. Jimmie Wilson is an American born singer currently living in Germany. The song has been composed by Ralph Seigel, with the lyrics by Steven Barnacle and Jutta Staudenmayer.

Source: San Marino RTV

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San Marino debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2008 alongside Azerbaijan. On their debut they were represented by Miodio and the song “Complice”, they finished last in their semi final with just 5 points. San Marino withdrew from the contest before returning again in 2011. Since then the country has participated annually and in 2014 qualified for their first final. Valentina Monetta represented San Marino for a third consecutive year in 2014, at the contest in Copenhagen she performed “Maybe” and went on to finish 24th in the final scoring 14 points.

9 thoughts on “San Marino: Director General Speaks Out About Yulia’s Ban”

  1. Thanks San Marino.I am glad that the state with limited resources still has the humanity to support unity and peace unlike other broadcasters.Hope you achieve a good result in Esc 2017.

  2. I hope other European TV stations, such as SVT and BBC, support San Marino and Russia on this point. Ukraine’s behavior is extremely unnecessary.

  3. San Marino maybe the smallest country in Eurovision but they has biggest courage in Eurovision issues, i.e. televote of small country, Ukraine behavior.

  4. Why San Marino? 🙁 Russia knew they chose an artist who would break the Ukrainian law and now everyone blames Ukraine for a Russian mistake… Ukraine doesn’t ban Russia, they ban Julia. Ukraine said that Russia would be more than welcome, but then with another artist. I think Ukraine has the right to ban Julia. You can’t ignore the law as a country, also not for Eurovision.

    1. Ukraine would have found every little way to ban any Russian singer this year, even if they didn’t visit Crimea. It is Ukraines fault.

  5. Honestly, i think Ukraine would ban any Russian singer and find some reason to make political scandal in a place where there is no room for that. Europe is too easy on Ukraine. This should end, they have no control.

  6. Totallly agree with his statement!

    I find it highly ridiculous that Ukraine tries to deny a solid member of the Eurovision access to the contest.

    Despite of the policital issues, they should not let themselves get carried away in emotions.

    I hope other nations will also speak out to Ukraine on this.

    If Ukraine refuses to allow Russia, either the EBU should remove the contest from Ukraine or other nations should also withdraw.

    I am sorry to sat but given the fact that Ukraine refuses to change their minds, we from the Netherlands should also withdraw in a case when they refuse to allow Russia.

  7. Is a surprise how many russian supporters write comments here. Russia occupied and managed to annex Crimea and Europe hardly did something except words. Obviously Ukraine wasn’t in position to retake Crimea so the only options were to enforce some laws banning those entering the peninsula without its border control. That law was surely known by the russian channel, so even if the artist name wasn’t on it, the option that she was banned was a real possibility. Is a surprise how the EBU and people here can press the weak country, the one that was atacked. Supporting the russian agression is a shame for europeans. I respect the Eurovision Song Contest, is a fantastic show and I have been watching it since 1995 every year. Is true that politics shouldn’t stain a song contest but if Ukraine makes concessions Russia will keep bullying.

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