Russia will no longer be permitted to compete in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the European Broadcasting Union has said. Rock band Maneskin won last year’s competition and went on to earn top 10 singles in the United States, the United Kingdom, and the rest of Europe.
The event’s producer, the EBU, warned that Russia’s participation may damage the tournament “in view of the exceptional crisis in Ukraine.”
Early on Thursday, Russia started an attack on its neighbor, Ukraine.
International sanctions have increased as a result from Western nations.
This is a swift shift in the EBU’s position from just 24 hours prior, when it had been announced that Russia would be permitted to compete.
It comes after the declaration that the 2022 football Champions League final will take place in Paris after Russia was denied the right to host the game due to its invasion of Ukraine.
Also postponed was the F1 Russian Grand Prix, which was scheduled to take place in Sochi in September.
Russia should be disqualified from the competition, the Ukrainian broadcaster UA: PBC petitioned the EBU earlier this week.
State-run media outlets from nations including Iceland, Finland, Norway, and the Netherlands had demanded that Russia be disqualified from the competition.
Finland declared that it would not send a representative to the competition in Turin in May if Russia participated.
“Eurovision stands for freedom, togetherness, and respect across countries,” wrote UK Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries in a tweet. “Watched and appreciated by tens of millions worldwide. I’m pleased to learn that Russia has been disqualified by Eurovision.
Following the victory of the Italian rock band Maneskin in the 2021 competition, the 66th Eurovision will be held in Turin.
Russian Woman, Manizha’s hymn to female strength from the previous year’s Eurovision Song Contest, served as Russia’s entry.
Russia has not yet revealed its performance for the competition, in which it previously triumphed in 2008 with the song Believe by Dima Bilan.
With five top-five finishes in the previous ten years, it has become one of the best performers in Eurovision in recent years.
The hip-hop group Kalush Orchestra, whose song Stefania was composed as a homage to their moms, has been chosen by Ukraine.
The group took Alina Pash’s place, who withdrew from the competition last week after receiving criticism for a 2015 trip to Crimea, which was under Russian authority.
Pash said the issue surrounding her travel had overshadowed her participation in the competition, despite the fact that there is no evidence she entered Crimea from Russia.
People who enter the country through Russia are regarded as having crossed the border illegally by the Ukrainian authorities. Previous competitions have been marred by tensions between Russia and Ukraine.
In 2016, Russia was expected to win the competition, but Ukrainian singer Jamala shocked everyone by stealing the show with a song on Josef Stalin’s expulsion of Crimean Tatars in 1944, a horrifying episode that the country’s parliament has compared to genocide.
2016’s Jamala win was most unexpected.
The song’s lyrics were largely taken to be an attack on Russia’s 2014 invasion of Crimea. When Jamala, a Crimean Tartar, told the reporters, “The key message is to remember and know this narrative,” she seemed to prove the connection. Knowing helps us prevent.
Her song garnered a number of significant votes from former Soviet states that have historically supported Russia on the way to victory. John Kennedy O’Connor, an authority on Eurovision, described the outcome as “a sharp smack in Russia’s face.”
A year later, Julia Samoylova, a Russian competitor, was denied entry to Ukraine, which was holding the tournament since it was claimed that she had traveled through Crimea without crossing the border onto the Ukrainian mainland.
Channel One, a Russian television network, then declared it would not participate in the competition or broadcast it.
Jamala recently urged Eurovision viewers to pay attention to Russia’s activities in Ukraine.
She said, “I don’t understand how they bombed peaceful people.