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EBU considering option of Samoylova's remote participation in Eurovision-2017
18:23, 23 March 2017
EBU considering option of Samoylova's remote participation in Eurovision-2017

Her performance could be involved in the competition at this year's concert in the second semi-final via satellite

18:23, 23 March 2017

Yulia Samoilova, Russian representative at Eurovision 2017
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The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is considering the remote participation of the Russian singer Yulia Samoylova in the Eurovision-2017 international contest, so she did wouldn't have to cross the border of Ukraine. This is stated on the songcontest website.

"Taking into account that the ban to Russian singer could be upheld by the Ukrainian authorities, and in order to maintain a non-political nature of Eurovision, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union - ed.) is working to solve this situation and took the unprecedented step - offer to First Channel Russia another opportunity. Yulia would be  involved in the competition at this year's concerts in the second semi-final via satellite. If the performance of Russia will qualify for the grand final, management will use the same solution. This is something that has never been done before for the 60-year history of the contest, but this decision is in the spirit of inclusiveness of Eurovision values ", said in a statement.

Earlier Russian TV channels refused to broadcast the contest. This was announced by the journalist of All-Russia State TV and Radio Company, reports Interfax.

“Nobody will go (to Eurovision) from Russia this year, that’s why nobody will broadcast this contest (in Russia),” he said.

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