The Moscow Eurovision Party 2017 has been cancelled with a resolution between Russia and Ukraine over Yulia’s participation still not found.
The Moscow Eurovision Party 2017 will not take place later this month with organisers now officially cancelling the preview event. A week ago a number of Heads of Delegation contacted the organisers of the event stating that they would not be attending due to Russia not participating in this years contest. The organisers have stated that the event has become “hostages in the political situation” and that they deeply regret having to cancel the event.
Previously confirmed as attending the event were:
- Armenia – Artsvik
- Azerbaijan – Dihaj
- Bulgaria – Kristian Kostov
- Greece – Demy
- Israel – Imri
- Italy – Francesco Gabbani
- Moldova – Sunstroke Project
- Russia – Yulia Samoilova
- Switzerland – Timebelle
Furthermore the Tolmachevy Sisters who represented Russia in 2014 and Teo who represented Belarus in the same year were announced as special guests.
Yulia Samoilova was banned from entering Ukraine on March 22 following a decision by the SBU that she had breached Ukrainian law. The EBU responded the following day by suggesting that Yulia could perform remotely in Moscow. The proposal was rejected by Channel One who stated they did not want the rules changed for them, while Ukraine insisted that the proposal would reject existing rules.
The Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest has since gone on to propose that Ukraine only enforce the ban after the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 has been held in May. Mr Sand’s comments have been followed by statements of disappointment and anger from EBU members at the way the competition is being used for political means by both Ukraine and Russia.
At the end of last week a letter from the Director General of the EBU to the Ukrainian Prime Minister was leaked in the Ukrainian press. Within the letter the Director General stated Ukraine risked being sanctioned by the EBU for the ruling and that a number of countries are considering from withdrawing from this years contest in Ukraine. There has been no comment from the European Broadcasting Union this week with regards to the ban.
Source: Moscow Eurovision Party