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.