UA:PBC has confirmed to Eurovoix that Yulia Samoilova’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, will not cause any issues for the Ukrainian broadcaster.
UA:PBC the Ukrainian national broadcaster has confirmed that Yulia Samoilova being selected as Russia’s participant for Lisbon will not create any issues with the broadcasting of this years contest. The broadcaster stated that the broadcaster will be able to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest fully, with no obstacles.
1TV(RU) confirmed Yulia’s participation earlier this week, saying “As Channel One announced last year, Yulia would become the Russian Eurovision Song Contest entrant in 2018 if she is unable in 2017. We confirm that this plan will go ahead. Yulia has already started preparations for the contest.”
Last year, Yulia Samoilova was internally selected to represent Russia at Eurovision in Kyiv. However, she was later banned from entering Ukraine after it was discovered she had traveled to Crimea in 2015 in breach of Ukrainian law.
Initially, the European Broadcasting Union suggested Yulia should be able to participate by video link from Moscow, an idea which was rejected by Channel One. The Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, later proposed that the ban be enforced only after the conclusion of Eurovision 2017. Russia was ultimately removed from the contest on 13th April 2017 after it was announced that Channel One would not broadcast the contest.
UA:PBC, the Ukrainian broadcaster responsible for Eurovision 2017 was subject to a substantial fine by the EBU as a result of the 2017 Russian controversy.