Russia’s still eligible for the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest : NPR


The 2022 Eurovision Track Contest might be held in Could in Turin, Italy.

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The 2022 Eurovision Track Contest might be held in Could in Turin, Italy.

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The organizers of the wildly common worldwide singing contest Eurovision say that at the very least for now, they are going to permit Russia to take part on this 12 months’s occasion, regardless of the invasion of Ukraine.

In a short assertion despatched to NPR, Eurovision’s organizers, the worldwide public media affiliation referred to as the European Broadcast Union, mentioned: “The Eurovision Track Contest is a non-political cultural occasion. The EBU is nevertheless involved about present occasions in Ukraine and can proceed to carefully monitor the state of affairs.”

On Thursday, the Ukrainian public broadcast community UA:PBC despatched an open letter to the EBU, asking for Russian media to be faraway from the EBU within the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, calling them “a mouthpiece for the Kremlin and a key device of political propaganda financed from the Russian state finances.” The identical letter additionally requested for Eurovision 2022’s Russian competitor to be faraway from the track contest. (Russia has not but introduced its Eurovision entrant for this 12 months.)

Final week, UA:PBC had “suspended” its settlement with Ukrainian singer Alina Pash, who had been her nation’s deliberate Eurovision contestant. Protesters had complained that she toured Crimea in 2015, a 12 months after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s forces had occupied the area.

On Tuesday, Eurovision introduced that the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra could be stepping in as contestants in Pash’s stead.

The Eurovision competitors is scheduled to be held Could 10 to 14 in Turin, Italy.

Eurovision drops Russia from this year’s contest : NPR


The Eurovision Music Contest was held within the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in 2017. Russia has been excluded from the 2022 version following its invasion of Ukraine.

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The Eurovision Music Contest was held within the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv in 2017. Russia has been excluded from the 2022 version following its invasion of Ukraine.

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It seems Russia has misplaced its spot on a minimum of one world stage.

Organizers of the Eurovision Music Contest introduced on Friday that no Russian act will take part on this 12 months’s occasion in gentle of the nation’s assault on Ukraine.

The European Broadcast Union — the worldwide public media affiliation that organizes the wildly fashionable songwriting competitors — mentioned in a press release that the choice was made “primarily based on the foundations of the occasion and the values of the EBU.”

It is a swift departure from organizers’ public stance on Thursday, after they characterised Eurovision as a “non-political cultural occasion” and mentioned Russian acts could be allowed to compete. The EBU’s government board has since determined in any other case.

“The choice displays concern that, in gentle of the unprecedented disaster in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry on this 12 months’s Contest would carry the competitors into disrepute,” organizers mentioned on Friday.

Russia had not but introduced its contestant for the competitors, whose web site says international locations have till mid-March to selected their entries. This 12 months’s occasion is about to happen Could 10 to 14 in Turin, Italy.

Organizers famous that there was broad consensus amongst competitors stakeholders.

They mentioned the EBU government board made its choice after “consulting broadly amongst its membership” and following a suggestion from the competition’s governing physique, which is named the Reference Group. The Reference Group’s suggestion was additionally supported by the EBU’s Tv Committee, they added.

There was additionally public stress, as NPR has reported.

The Ukrainian public broadcast community UA:PBC despatched an open letter to the EBU on Thursday asking that Russian media be faraway from the EBU and requesting that Eurovision’s 2022 Russian competitor be faraway from the track contest.

Ukraine will likely be represented within the competitors by rap group Kalush Orchestra, who completed second within the nationwide closing however received the general public vote. Singer Alina Pash was initially set to be the nation’s contestant, however UA:PBC suspended its settlement together with her as authorities examine complaints that she toured Crimea in 2015, following its occupation by Russian forces.