Head of the Supervisory Board of “Eurovision” has accused Ukraine of undermining the reputation of the competition
Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the musical contest “Eurovision” Frank-Dieter Frayling strongly condemned the actions of the Ukrainian authorities related to the non-admission to participation in competition of the Russian entry. His words led “Tape.ru” the European broadcasting Union on Thursday, April 13.
“We believe that the decision to ban Yulia Samoilova entry into the country fundamentally undermines the reputation and principle of the political nature of the Eurovision song contest,” said Frayling.
The organizers also commented on the decision of the First channel to refuse to broadcast “Eurovision-2017”.
“We really want all 43 countries had the opportunity to take part in the competition, and we’ve done everything we can to achieve this”, — noted in the EMU.
The organizers have proposed two options that would allow the state to participate in the contest. But the First channel has called the possible replacement of the participant or remote speech discrimination and refused.
The semifinals of “Eurovision-2017” will be held in Kyiv on 9 may and 11 may, the final competition will be held may 13.
Julia Samoylova, which is the First channel selected to represent Russia at the contest in Kiev will not be able to go on “Eurovision-2017”. Ukraine closed her entry into the country due to her performances in the Crimea in 2015. Visits to the Peninsula after reunification with Russia in Kiev believe a violation of the state border.