According to the news outlet Vesti.ru, RTR and Channel 1 stated that Julia Samoilova will represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest in any case. Does this mean we have a participant for 2018 already?
The turmoil between Kyiv, Moscow and Geneva is undergoing with the three sides commenting over the decision of SBU, the Security Services of Ukraine, to not allow entrance to the country for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest representative for Russia, Julia Somailova.
Julia to Eurovision in any case
The press office of Channel 1 in Russia has stated according to vesti.ru, that Julia Samoilova will represent Russia in Eurovision in any case. If in the end she will be allowed to enter Ukraine this year she will represent the country otherwise, she will be Russia’s representative for 2018, regardless of the country, city or venue where Eurovision will take place.
Reactions in Russia
Although today saw the reactions of the host broadcaster as well as the EBU over this ban, the decision of SBU caused a very negative reaction in Russia. There are politicians who suggest Russia to boycott any EBU related project, as well as artists who took the side of Julia Samoilova.
Philip Kirkorov, the 1995 representative and Eurovision veteran, requested from this year’s Eurovision participants to dedicate their songs to Julia Samoilova before their performance: This song is performed in honor of Julia Samoilova, a disabled girl who’s being afraid in here. Furthermore, he mentioned that various Ukrainian performers are allowed to visit Russia and perform their art, like Ani Lorak, Sofia Rotaru, Taisia Povaliy and others.
The aftermath of the official announcement of the entrance ban of the Russian 2017 Eurovision representative Julia Samoilova, by SBU, sees the Eurovision community in turmoil and strong debates. The EBU’s statement is followed now by the following UA:PBC statement.
UA:PBC reacts to the SBU decision
The statement by UA:PBC (NUT) is as follows:
The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine as the Host broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, is and will continue to implement the decisions of the Government of Ukraine, including the decision of SBU, to prohibit the entry to Ukraine, to the citizen of the Russian Federation, Julia Samoilova. However, we announce that the preparations for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, continue in intensive mode.
Recall that Julia Samoilova – is a singer who was chosen to represent Channel 1 – of the Russian Federation at Eurovision 2017
The news broke earlier today. Ukraine comes again in the spotlight of negative criticism as the SBU, the Ukrainian Security Services decided the ban of the Russian representative Julia Samoilova from entering the Ukrainian territory, hence this blocks her Eurovision participation in May.
EBU Reacts over the Russian ban
ESCToday contacted the European Broadcasting Union to comment over this embroilment which affects the Eurovision Song Contest. The response was the following:
It has been confirmed to the EBU that the Ukrainian authorities have issued a travel ban on the Russian artist chosen for the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoylova, as she has been judged to have contravened Ukrainian law by entering Crimea in order to perform.
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.
Few days ago SBU, the Security Service of Ukraine, informed the public about a potential ban of the Russian representative at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Julia Samoilova. The handicapped singer performed in Crimea back in 2015, an area which was annexed by Russia back in 2014.
In an official statement a Facebook post, the SBU Olena Gitlianska, spokeswoman of SBU, publicised their decision to ban Russia’s Eurovision contestant because she performed in Crimea, where visiting the area without passing through the de-facto border, is illegal in Ukraine.
The Security Service of Ukraine has banned the citizen of the Russian Federation Yulia Samoylova from entering the country for a period of three years
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The singer and composer has been barred from entering the country for the next three years.
Back in October, SBU released a list of 140 Russian artists which are blacklisted from entering the Ukrainian territory.
The EBU kept distance
When the news broke that SBU was planning to ban Russia’s participant, EBU’s Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, Jon Ola Sand, stated that the EBU won’t interfere with the government’s decision.
Back in 2000, the first official CD of the Eurovision Song Contest was released. Now, the retro lovers will be able to listen to this year’s 43 entries on vinyls as well!
The official Eurovision Song Contest shop now presents a set which includes this year’s entries in three different formats: vinyls, CDs and a download code for digital files. A coffee table book featuring the greatest moments of the upcoming contest will be included as well, and therefore the set will be released only on 23 June 2017.
The uniqueness of each each set is ensured as they are serialized and produced in a limited quantity.
Furthermore, the shop is now updated with several 2017 products such as balloons, clothing, posters, the official CD and DVD – and for the first time – a Blu-Ray edition of the contest for a true HD experience.
This is not the only Vinyl available in the Eurovision section this year; as the single of the Italian entry,Occidentali’s Karma, was also released as a 7″ vinyl and available for purchasing via Amazon Italy.
The Vinyl Set, which is priced at €139, as well as the other new products, are available for ordering via the official Eurovision shop.
Icelandic artist Greta Salóme, who represented her country at the 2012 and 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, has released her latest singleMy blues.
The videoclip for My blues features a guest appearance by Icelandic professional strongman Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, who plays the role of Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane in the popular TV-show Game of Thrones.
The official videoclip for My blues was produced by Silent Production. Ásgeir Helgi Magnússon was the artistic director and choreographer, Nazar Davidoff was Director of photography.
Lyrics of My blues
I´ve been bangin on the walls all day tryin to
find my beat tryin to pass the time and I
hold my breath and count to hundred until I
hit the ground then I stand up tall for ya
then I stand up tall for ya
Tick tock take a step to the floor feel my
whiplash but I dance some more then I
spread my broken wings and try to soar but I
crash and burn but then I stand up tall for ya
I always stand up tall for ya
If you could only see me now
I´ve been sittin´ here sippin´ on this juice
hiding in plain sight and feelin just all right
and I´ve been waiting for you
talkin´to myself and dancin´ away my blues
Bang bang hear my racing heart and ya
watch me bleed watch me fall apart as I´m
spinning round and round and singing loud but I
hit the ground but oh I do it all for you
You know I do it all for you
Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir (Mosfellsbær, Iceland, 1986) is an Icelandic singer-songwriter and violinist in the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra. She represented Iceland twice at the Eurovision Song Contest: in 2012 and 2016.
At Eurovision 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan, she performed the duet Never forget together with singer Jónsi, eventually reaching the 20th place in the Grand Final, with 46 points.
In 2016, Greta Salóme represented Iceland as a solo artist at the ESC in Stockholm, Sweden. With her song Hear them calling, she reached the 14th place in Semi-Final 1, earning 51 points, thus unfortunately not qualifying for the Grand Final.