If Julia Samoylova appears on Ukrainian TV, she is breaking the laws of the country! With those words, Ukraine refuse to let Russia participate via satellite. The situation is now a complete mess where the Eurovision Song Contest is being taken hostage.
The European Broadcasting Union’s (EBU) response to Ukraine refusing Julia Samoylova access to the country was to allow Russia to participate via satellite. But that suggestion is now turned down by the Ukrainians.
A few hours ago, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko responded on Twitter to the suggestion from EBU. He made it clear that any appearance of her on Ukrainian TV would be the same violation as if she was physically in the country, and then he said that the only solution would be for Russia to pick another participant – one who does not break Ukrainian law.
If Ukraine will stick to that law, this poses a whole new problem to the Eurovision Song Contest. What if a country next year, for the contest held in another country, also participates with a singer who broke Ukrainian law by having performed in Crimea? It breaks Ukrainian law and as such they won’t show that song. This will then be the same situation as when Lebanon were to join the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, but that to withdraw as the country insisted on not showing the Israeli entry as that was against their law.
Russia however so far shows no sign of wanting to change their participant. Julia said yesterday: Somehow it’s very funny for me to watch all this, because I do not understand what they saw in me. In me, in such a small girl, they saw some kind of threat. I do not get upset, I continue to work, I somehow think that it will still change.” And from Russian media, it is to be understood that politicians are suggesting that they should make it very clear that they will consider a complete withdrawal of Russia from the Eurovision Song Contest, not just this year, but in future years as well.
Stay tuned on EuroVisionary for more updates as one thing is sure, this drama isn’t over yet.
Following the Ukrainian ban on the Russian participant, the European Broadcasting Union has now offered Russia to take part via satellite? We asked EBU yesterday about that possibility, but was told it wasn’t possible, but now – 24 hours later – they changed their mind.
Yesterday, Ukraine announced that the Russian singer Julia Samoylova wouldn’t be allowed to enter the country and as such take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. We asked EBU whether or not, she could participate via satelite, but was told that this wouldn’t be possible in any way. It seems like they took our suggestion however and changed their mind, as now they are basically offering that.
Taking into consideration that this ban might be upheld by the Ukrainian authorities, and in order to maintain the non-political nature of the Eurovision Song Contest, the EBU has been working hard to find a solution to this situation and has taken the unprecedented move to offer Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to still participate in this year’s Contest by performing live in the 2nd Semi Final via satellite. Should the Russian entry qualify for the Grand Final the same solution would apply. This is something that has never been done before in the Contest’s 60 year history but, in the spirit of Eurovision’s values of inclusivity, and this year’s theme of Celebrate Diversity, the decision has been taken to ensure that all 43 entrants are given the opportunity to participate.
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor, Jon Ola Sand said: “We are continuing our dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the ambition to have all artists present to perform in host city, Kyiv, which is, of course, our preferred option. It is imperative that the Eurovision Song Contest remains free from politics and as such, due to the circumstances surrounding Julia’s travel ban, we have felt it important to propose a solution that transcends such issues. We have offered Channel One Russia the opportunity for Julia to perform live via satellite as it is the EBU’s intention that every broadcaster that has chosen to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest does so, as has been the case for all previous events in the contest’s history.”
Frank-Dieter Freiling, Chairman of the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, expressed his hope though, that the political leadership of Ukraine will not implement the travel ban and find a solution in line with the contest’s slogan, Celebrate Diversity.
Statement from European Broadcasting Union
This comes after we asked the EBU about this possibility yesterday. We were first referred to the rules which say “All artists must perform live on stage”. We then asked again, if this could be interpreted as live on a stage somewhere else, maybe even with same stage design, but via satelite, and then we got the answer that “it does mean live on stage at the venue itself”. It seems they changed their mind.
After days of speculating, Ukraine now decided that Russian Julia Samoylova won’t get into Ukraine and as such can’t take part at the Eurovision Song Contest. EBU haven’t commented.
According to Ritzau, the Ukrainian security service SBU refused Julia Samoylova access to Ukraine due to that she in 2015 performed at Crimea, which goes against the rules of Ukraine.
EBU has not yet commented on this new situation, but they have always insisted that if the contest is to be held in Ukraine, then the country must live up to the rules and ensure that all participants have access.
At the moment several scenarios are in play:
Ukraine change their mind and the contest will happen in Kyiv as planned
Ukraine stand by their descision and EBU accepts that they lost
Russia select another singer who can live up to Ukraine’s rules
Russia withdraw from the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest
EBU insist that Julia is selected correct according to their requirements and the contest will be moved to another country. If there is no arena available to take it with such short notice, the contest will be held later.
We’ll update as soon as more information becomes available.
Tina Karl accepts the award of Most Beautiful Woman of Ukraine
Tina Karol has beat a host of Ukrainian Eurovision stars by winning VIVA magazine’s Most Beautiful Woman of Ukraine. Viva’s Best Awards 2016 took place at the National Palace of Arts in Kyiv. Tina won the award for the third time.
Popular Ukrainian singer and former Eurovision participant Tina Karol has won the title of the Most Beautiful Woman of Ukraine. The title was given as part of Viva Magazine’s annual Best Awards. Tina beat fellow Ukrainian Eurovision stars including the current champion Jamala along with Maria Yaremchuk, Zlata Ognevich, Alyosha and Svetlana Loboda. Ani Lorak was originally part of the nominated line up but was removed after some readers felt that she was unsuitable due to her contraversial stance in the Ukrainian-Russian tension.
In total were 100 nominees that were all known figures through film, music, sports, business and cinema. Other winners of the night include Alyosha who was voted the ‘Best Mom 2016’ and Jamala won the ‘Pride of Ukraine’ award.
Speaking of her award, Karol agreed that she is a charismatic girl but feels that the most important thing for a singer is to have good songs.
Since her time on Eurovision in 2006, Tina has become one of the most popular singers in Ukraine. She has releasd 5 studio albums and has recently released her Greatest Hits album.
The televised award ceremony will be broadcast on Ukrainian channel 1+1 on Sunday 26th March at 23:30 local time.
Below, remind yourself of Tina’s Eurovision performance from 2006.
Will the Eurovision version, released today, change the fact that Francesco is the bookmaker favourite to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine in May? Few changes have been made to the song which won the SanRemo festival in February.
Francesco Gabbani won the Italian SanRemo festival back in February, and shortly after decided that he will participate at the Eurovision Song Contest with his entry Occidentali’s Karma. That song quickly became popular, the video clip went viral and the bookmakers placed him as top candidate to win in Kyiv in May.
Today the Eurovision version was released which shows that they cut a bridge between two verses to make it trimmed for the contest. The original was 3:300, which need to be cut down to three minutes to match the rules of the European Broadcasting Union.
In the video below, listen to the new version of the Italian entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest:
The 2017 Eurovision songs are now complete as Armenia as the last country released their entry today. The song is written by experienced songwriters, and question is now if they can live up to previous great results from the country that only missed the final once.
Back in December, a long selection process came to an end. Depi Evratpesil had been used to select the artist that would represent Armenia at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The series of shows only gave us an artist, and not a song. Local broadcaster Public TV Company of Armenia (AMPTV) made an open call for songs for Artsvik, the winner of Depi Evratpesil.
More than 300 songwriters submitted their work to AMPTV who then shortlisted it down to 10 songs. Those 10 songs were then carefully listened to again – and finally they picked one song. Fly With Me is the title of the song which Artisvik will sing at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. The song is written by Lilith and Levon Navasardyan with lyrics by Avet Barseghyan and David Tserunyan. Lilith and Levon also wrote Aram MP3’s Not Alone (Armenia 2014, 4th place) and Iveta Mukuchyan’s LoveWave (Armenia 2016, 7th place).
Watch Fly With Me in the official video released this evening, and below it you can read more what Artsvik tell about this song, but also about Armenia’s succesful Eurovision history so far. The video is directed by Arthur Manukyan.
My song tells the story of a girl, who is the metaphorical symbol of love. She embodies the colours, the stories and the voices that makes us who we are.
Fly With Me encourages everyone to come with me on this girl’s journey of championing the diverse and beautiful human nature. I think nowadays it is especially important to embrace our heritage and our traditions.
Artisvik (From AMPTV press release).
Armenia at the Eurovision Song Contest
It is one of the most succesful countries, Artsvik represents. The country only failed to reach the final once in ten appearances. Out of the 9 Armenian entries in the final, 7 of them scored a top 10 result.
Best Armenian result is a 4th place which they achieved twice. First time with Sirusho and her Qélé, Qélé in 2008, and then again with previously mentioned Aram MP3 in 2014.
The country usually sings in English at the Eurovision Song Contest, although three of their entries have included in the Armenian language in some kind of way, but they never ditched the English language.