Yulia Samoilova is focused on preparing for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 and to enjoy herself at the competition in Portugal.
In an interview last week with RIA Novosti, the young singer said that she remained focused on competing in next years Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal. She commented that,
I think that the most important thing -. To enjoy the competition and prepare well for him to show himself, to show how I was well prepared
Yulia made her comments while she was appearing at Miss CIS 2017 in Yerevan, Armenia. She was performing her song “Flame is Burning” which was selected to represent Russia at this years contest in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Yulia Samoilova who was selected to represent Russia in Ukraine was banned from entering Ukraine for a period of three years by the Ukrainian Security Service. Yulia was banned after it was found she had traveled to Crimea in 2015 and did not use an official Ukrainian border entrance, thus breaching Ukrainian law.
Following the initial banning of 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 went 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. Russia was removed from competing in Eurovision 2017 on April 13, after Channel One announced they wouldn’t broadcast the contest.
Channel One and Russia-1 have stated that Yulia Samoilova will represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
The European Broadcasting Union will rule later today whether Russia and Ukraine will receive any sanctions or punishment for their actions at this years competition. Mr Freiling, the Head of the Reference Group, explained at the start of May as to why he expects the two nations will be sanctioned by the EBU, saying that:
- UA:PBC and the Ukrainian Prime Minister were committed to allowing all EBU members to attend the contest, by not allowing Yulia Samoilova to participate they have violated the EBU’s statutes.
- Russia has failed to attend obligatory meetings before the contest
The Head of the Reference Group explained that at the meeting, the EBU can opt to give fines and ban countries from competing. The European Broadcasting Union can ban a broadcaster from competing in the contest for a period of up to three years, meaning Russia and Ukraine could be excluded up to the 2020 contest.