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22
March
2017

Eurovision 2017: Russia not allowed to take part in Kiev

Eurovision 2017: Russia not allowed to take part in Kiev

Several news outlets report that Ukraine will ban the Russian participant in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, from travelling to Ukraine. Julia was due to represent Russia with the song ‘Flame Is Burning’.

“Ukraine’s Security Service has banned Russian national Yulia Samoylova from entering Ukraine for three years,” SBU spokesperson Olena Hytlianska said in a statement. “This is due to information that she had violated Ukrainian law.”

Reason for the ban is the fact that Samoylova performed in the Crimean city of Kerch in 2015.

EBU: “Respect the local laws”

The Ukrainian authorities have confirmed to the EBU that they have issued a travel ban on the Russian Eurovision artist. The EBU reacts as followed:

“We have to respect the local laws of the host country. However we are deeply disappointed in this decision. As we feel it goes against both the spirit of the Contest, and the notion of inclusivity that lies at the heart of its values.”

“We will continue a dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities with the aim of ensuring that all artists can perform at the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv in May.”

Azerbaijan 2012

In 2012, the EBU strictly demanded security guarantees from the Azeri government. These guarantees with regards to freedom of expression as well as the safety for a potential Armenian participant. The Azeri government temporarily changed its visa policy for Armenian citizens. However, in the end, the Armenian delegation decided to withdraw from the contest nonetheless.

This year, EBU took similar notions with Ukranian broadcaster NTU. Earlier on in the season, EBU’s Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand stated that “all Russian artists should be able to participate in Kiev, even the ones on the “blacklist”.”

Russia plans to withdraw from contest permanently

Meanwhile, Russia plans to step down from taking part at the Eurovision Song Contest in the future. “If the Eurovision leadership is silent, it’s completely politicized and biased,” Russian politician Frants Klintsevich said.

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21
March
2017

Australia: Melbourne organizes preview party cruise after Sydney sells out

Australia: Melbourne organizes preview party cruise after Sydney sells out

The Australian Eurovision club (ESCFAN) and radio station Joy 94.9 are jointly hosting a Eurovision cruise after a similar event in Sydney sells out. The demand for the preview party in Sydney was so high, that ESCFan decided to organize a second one on a boat in Melbourne. 

This cruise will take place upon ‘The Lady Cutler’ which is a special showboat moored in the Melbourne docklands. The event will take place on Saturday 8th of April, with boarding commencing at 5.30pm local time, and the sailing time set for 6pm.

London and Amsterdam party

In the last couple of years, London and Amsterdam and several other European cities have organized Eurovision pre-parties. Obviously it is really difficult to get 2017 participants to perform Down Under. However, the organization of ESCFan managed to create an interesting program nonetheless.

All 43 of this years competing entries will be played throughout the night, with your chance to vote for your favourite. Prizes will be awarded for various different activities whilst on the ship. You can purchase food and drinks on board.

For more info please visit the ESCFan Website.

Ticket prices are as follows:

  • $25 – ESCFAN members and JOY members
  • $35 – Non early bird tickets (after 15th March)

Isaiah Firebrace

This years Australian representative, Isaiah Firebrace will sing ‘Don’t Come Easy’. At only 17 years old, he has some big shoes to fill after Dami Im’s 2nd place performance in Stockholm.

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18
March
2017

Armenia: “Fly With Me” released in full version

Armenia: “Fly With Me” released in full version

Armenia has released the full version of their Eurovision song “Fly With Me”. It is the song that Artsvik will perform in Kiev this May. Watch the video here at ESCDaily!

The Armenian entry is the last one that we did not know yet. The Armenian delegation will take part in the first semi final on the 9th of May in Kiev.

Listen to Artsvik ‘s song

Depi Evratesil

Artsvik won the national preselection Depi Evratesil. In this competition, modeled after The Voice, Armenia chose its singer for Eurovision but not yet the song. Essaï (member of the band Genealogy, Armenia 2015) was Artsvik’s coach in Depi Evratesil and he guided her towards victory.

After the competition, ARMTV did not release a lot of news about their song selection process. Now it appears that they have internally selected a ballad. ESCDaily’s Armenia expert Ani Shahoyan had already speculated on such a choice earlier on in the season.

“During the contest Artsvik mainly came up with ballads. I think she will come up with something like that. It would be something new and different for Armenia, compared to recent years,” Ani stated in our podcast Scout Around.

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17
March
2017

Italy: Francesco Gabbani cuts out the entire second verse

Italy: Francesco Gabbani cuts out the entire second verse

Italy has presented the final version of their Eurovision song “Occidentali’s Karma”. They have cut out the entire second verse of the song.

In the original version, with which Francesco Gabbani won the San Remo Festival, was 3:38 minutes. This exceeded the infamous time limit of three minutes set for Eurovision. Therefore, the Italian delegation has decided to cut out the second verse. Right after the first chorus, the song goes back to the pre-chorus sentence “AAA cercasi storie dal gran finale, sperasi.”

Listen to “Occidentali’s Karma” below

Gorilla

Ever since Francesco Gabbani and his dancing gorilla won San Remo, they have topped the betting lists as favourites to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev as well. It remained to be seen, however, how the original version would be cut down to three minutes. Now that we know the answer to that, fans, journalists and experts can continue their discussions about how this entry will fare with both juries and televoters.

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17
March
2017

Junior Eurovision: Tbilisi’s Sports Palace hosts JESC on 26th of November

Junior Eurovision: Tbilisi’s Sports Palace hosts JESC on 26th of November

The 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Sunday 26th November. The competition will be held in Tbilisi’s Sports Palace, located in the heart of the capital city.

European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the Georgian Public Broadcaster, GPB, have confirmed this on Thursday.

Popular for both sporting and live events the Sports Palace will be home to this year’s Contest. While it was traditionally a sporting arena, the Sports Palace underwent renovation in 2007 to become a leading venue in the city of Tbilisi. It is now a home for both national and international events such as concerts, shows and exhibitions.

Mariam Mamadashvili

11 year old Mariam Mamadashvili triumphed for Georgia in November last year in Valletta, with her powerful performance of Mzeo. Earlier this year, the EBU and GPB revealed that as last year’s winners GPB had first option to host the 2017 competition, and they have agreed.

Georgia has won Junior Eurovision a record three times. However this is the first time that the event will actually be held in the country. This year marks the 15th edition of the song Contest.

Further details regarding tickets, presenters and interval acts will be announced later this year.

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16
March
2017

Armenia: Short snippet of ‘Fly with me’ released

Armenia: Short snippet of ‘Fly with me’ released

The Armenian broadcaster has released a snippet of ‘Fly with me’, the song that Artsvik will perform during the first semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kiev.

The Armenian entry is the last one to be revealed and will be released officially on on Saturday the 18th of March, at 18:45 CET on the YouTube channel of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Until then, you can see and hear a short snippet of the entry, taken from the official videoclip.

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