Russian music stars have launched a flash mob to support the participation of Yulia Samoilova at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Artists from across Russia and beyond have launched a flash mob to help support the participation of Yulia Samoilova at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Those who have backed the flash mob are; Oleg Gazmanov, Olga Orlova, Margarita Pozoyan, Valeriya, Arsenium, Dmitry Koldun, Anna Shulgina, Anastasiya Kraynova, Lyudmila Sokolova and Yaroslava Dyagtyarova.
Of the ten artists who are supporting the flash mob, three have connections with the Eurovision Song Contest. Valeriya finished second in the Russian selection process for Eurovision 2009, being beaten by Anastasia Prikhodko with the song “Mamo”. Arsenium represented Moldova at the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest in Athens for Moldova, he placed 20th in the final. While Dmitry Koldun remains the most successful representative of Belarus at the Eurovision Song Contest having finished 7th at the 2007 contest in Helsinki.
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.
A decision has yet to be announced by Channel One as to whether they will be participating in this years contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Jon Ola Sand the Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest admitted that the proposal for a satellite link to Moscow that would have enabled Yulia to still compete, was contrary to the basic principle of the Eurovision Song Contest, that all performers perform on the same stage. The proposal was rejected at the end of last week by Channel One.
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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.