Despite the ban on Russia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 this May in Kyiv, Yulia Samoilova appears to have now recorded her postcard clip for this year’s show, as footage from the video surfaced online yesterday.
Russia’s participant, Yulia Samoilova, is currently banned from participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest by the Ukrainian national security services. The Ukrainian government continue to block Yulia’s entry to the country as the artist illegally entered and performed in Crimea since annexed by Russia in 2014. As with any other Russian citizen entering Crimea since this date, it is illegal to enter Ukraine or appear on national broadcasting services. Ukrainian officials continue to reject proposals from the European Broadcasting Union, as do Channel One Russia – leaving Russia’s participation in the contest unknown and, at current, quite unlikely. The European Broadcasting Union have now threatened to prevent Ukraine from entering future contests, facing additional fines and other penalties in a letter to the Ukrainian government.
Postcard videos over the last four years have largely been made up of artists appearing in their home countries, showing off their personalities. The short video clips are usually around 45 seconds long, used to give the stage crew time to change the set, bring on props, and prepare equipment before the artists appear on stage. The short video gives the artists time to walk out on stage and ready themselves for the following three minutes.
Yulia’s postcard recording session shows that National Television Ukraine and indeed Channel One are preparing for a compromise of some kind to be reached, allowing Ukraine to appear at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv this May.
Should the compromise have already been reached, there are no signs as to what may have been arranged. Both Ukrainian and Russian media continue to address the matter as more public figures get involved in the discussion.
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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.