Frank-Dieter Freiling the Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group has spoken about Yulia Samoilova’s ban and the EBU’s response.
Mr Frank-Dieter Freiling the Chairman of the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group since 2009 has spoken to Der Tagesspiegel about the current conflict between Ukraine and Russia over the participation of Yulia Samoilova. Last week the Ukrainian Security Services banned Yulia Samoilova the Russian entrant for Eurovision 2017 from entering Ukraine for a period of three years, meaning she is currently unable to compete in this years contest.
The Chairman stated with regards to Yulia’s ban that:
We still have no official notification to the Ukrainian government on this matter. President or Prime Minister could override the decision of the security apparatus by decree. Of course, in this question the EBU has to respect Ukrainian laws. However, from the outset, we had made it very clear that we expect all participants,
Mr Freiling added:
However, should the decision be to not allow the Russian participant to enter, the EBU will continue to ensure that Russia can participate in the show. Our proposal for a live switch has not been taken on either side.
When asked whether Russia should be allowed to send another singer to the contest, the Chairman explained:
Let us wait, as Ukraine finally decides in this matter. Then Russia will have to discuss what further action is appropriate. However, we were also very well aware that the Russian delegation had not yet taken part in the mandatory pre-viewing dates before the Ukrainian decision and had not reserved any accommodation, as opposed to all other delegations. Russia, on the other hand, must make it clear that participation, if possible, is also perceived.
Mr Freiling is one of a number of European Broadcasting Union officials to have spoken to the international press over the past couple of days about the banning of Yulia Samoilova. Alongside the comments of EBU officials representatives of the national broadcasters of Denmark, Germany and San Marino have also publicly commented on the events.
Source: Der Tagesspiegel