UKRAINE – A tulip in golden, orange and red tones has been named after the 2016 Eurovision winner Jamala at the start of the Ukraine Flower Expo in Kiev. The flower was specially created for the singer by Dutch tulip cultivator and exporter StoKolex. The singer shared her gratitude for having a flower named after her on her Facebook page.
SBS is pleased to announce Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey are the new hosts of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017! Radio host, presenter and music buff Myf Warhurst, together with comedian and….sequin buff Joel Creasey are the new duo who will host SBS’s broadcast, and provide commentary of the Semi Finals and Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest, May 12 – 14 on SBS.
SBS Managing Director Michael Ebeid said: “Australians have embraced Eurovision since SBS’s first broadcast more than 30 years ago and as a nation, we feel incredible warmth and admiration for the countries, their cultures, the contest, and what it represents. Already loved by Australian audiences, Joel Creasey and Myf Warhurst perfectly capture this spirit, and we’re thrilled to welcome them as SBS’s new Eurovision hosts.”
Long-time lounge room fans, first-time attendees, Myf and Joel will have their very first Eastern European taste of the world’s biggest song contest when they land on the ground in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Besides getting into the patriotic flag-waving spirit and guiding Australia through our Isaiah’s journey from Semi Final 1 to fingers-crossed-hold-your-breath glory at the Grand Final, our new duo will be immersing themselves in all the wonderful, and the more wacky parts of the contest. Myf and Joel will dive behind the scenes as 43 acts from around the world prepare to take the stage, hoping to win over the voting public and jury for those douze points.
Myf Warhurst said: “I truly fell in love with Eurovision back in 1998 when Guildo Horn performed a sweaty bell solo mid song for Germany, and from there, it was love at first sight. I’ve hosted Eurovision parties ever since. It was an honour to be a member of the Aussie voting jury last year, but now, getting into the arena and actually hosting the glittery Olympics of music…. It’s an absolute dream gig for me. I’m still pinching myself!”
Joel Creasey said: “I couldn’t be more ready to accept the job of Eurovision host, and give Aussies an all-access pass that I think we truly deserve as gatecrashers. I’ve started studying up on this years’ acts and am going to need to map out my plan of dressing rooms to sneak into backstage – I’ve got my eye on the Swedish backup dancers and Romanian rap yodelers at this point.”
The Eurovision Song Contest, 7.30pm, May 12 – 14 on SBS, with LIVE early morning broadcasts from May 10.
RUSSIA – Russian national broadcaster, not only rejects the offer for a satellite performance of Yulia Samoilova for at least the second semi final but also attacks the EBU considering them as the only responsible for the situation. In their statement they say:
“The first channel received the official proposal of the EBU, which is that the Russian participant of the Eurovision Song Contest Julia Samoilova performed in the semifinal of the contest via live broadcast from Moscow . In this regard, we consider it necessary to state the following. The first channel acted in full accordance with the rules of “Eurovision” and chose the participant of the contest, which is registered by the EBU and remains the current contestant. Claims against Julia Samoylova from EBU are not present. According to the rules of “Eurovision”, the broadcasting country should provide all participants “the opportunity to obtain an entry visa for the entire period of the event.”
Thus, Yulia Samoilova’s refusal to enter the territory of Ukraine violates the rules of the contest.
“We consider the offer of distance participation strange and refuse it, because it certainly contradicts the very meaning of the event, whose strict rule is the live performance on the stage of “Eurovision”. We believe that the European Broadcasting Union should not invent new rules for the Russian participant in 2017 and is able to hold a competition in accordance with its own rules.”
UKRAINE – In talks with a Russian newspaper, Andrey Danilko, best known to Eurofans as Verka Sarduchka, commented about the situation surrounding Julia Samoilova just before the singer was forbidden from entering Ukraine to take part in Eurovision 2017.
Andrey is unhappy over the decision, claiming that the singer poses no security risk for the country.
“Politicians should see this as an act of human tolerance and decency…she did enter the country without the official Ukrainian documentation but she did it to represent people like herself, to tell her own personal story. She isn’t going to Ukraine with a weapon, she’s going with a song”.
These words seem to have fallen on deaf ears, as Ukraine went ahead and forbade Julia from entering the Ukraine and therefore being unable to take part in this year’s Eurovision, at least for now. If it’s confirmed that Julia will not take part in Kiev 2017, then neither Channel One nor RTR will transmit the Eurovision Song Contest.