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


The 2022 Eurovision Music Contest will likely be held in Might in Turin, Italy.

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The 2022 Eurovision Music Contest will likely be held in Might in Turin, Italy.

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The organizers of the wildly fashionable worldwide singing contest Eurovision say that at the least for now, they’ll enable Russia to take part on this yr’s occasion, regardless of the invasion of Ukraine.

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

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 software of political propaganda financed from the Russian state funds.” The identical letter additionally requested for Eurovision 2022’s Russian competitor to be faraway from the music contest. (Russia has not but introduced its Eurovision entrant for this yr.)

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 yr 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 Might 10 to 14 in Turin, Italy.

Russia Banned From Eurovision 2022 For Ukraine Invasion


Organizers of the Eurovision Tune Contest reversed course on Friday, saying that Russia would not be permitted to carry out on this 12 months’s occasion.

“The choice displays concern that, in mild of the unprecedented disaster in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry on this 12 months’s Contest would convey the competitors into disrepute,” the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) stated in a press release.

The choice to punish Russia culturally for invading Ukraine comes a day after the identical group had stated Moscow could be allowed to ship an act to look on the subsequent Eurovision, scheduled to be held in Turin, Italy, in Could.

Ukraine’s public broadcasting firm had requested for Russia to be suspended from the favored contest, which is watched by virtually 200 million folks every year.

However the EBU, which has organized the competition since 1956, had insisted Eurovision was “a non-political cultural occasion.”

In response, various different European international locations had indicated they might not take part on this 12 months’s occasion until Russia was banned.

Russia was but to formally announce an act for this 12 months’s competitors. Because the assault on Ukraine, 1000’s of Russians have braved the chance of being arrested to protest towards their authorities’s lethal invasion.

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 at the very least one world stage.

Organizers of the Eurovision Music Contest introduced on Friday that no Russian act will take part on this yr’s occasion in mild 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 an announcement that the choice was made “primarily based on the principles 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 can be allowed to compete. The EBU’s govt board has since determined in any other case.

“The choice displays concern that, in mild of the unprecedented disaster in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry on this yr’s Contest would deliver 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 yr’s occasion is about to happen Might 10 to 14 in Turin, Italy.

Organizers famous that there was broad consensus amongst competitors stakeholders.

They mentioned the EBU govt board made its resolution after “consulting extensively amongst its membership” and following a advice from the competition’s governing physique, which is called the Reference Group. The Reference Group’s advice 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 tune contest.

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