Russia banned from Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in U-Turn Decision

Russia banned from Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in U-Turn Decision
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Russia will now NOT be allowed to compete in Eurovision this year.

 

Russia has been banned from the 2022 competition following online backlash to an earlier statement saying the country would still be allowed to compete despite launching a horrendous military assault on Ukraine.

 

The initial response to the crisis in Ukraine had been:

“The Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political cultural event which unites nations and celebrates diversity through music,” the EBU said on 24 February.

“The [EBU’s] public broadcaster members in both Russia and Ukraine have committed to participating in this year’s event in Turin and we are currently planning to welcome artists from both countries to perform in May.”

 

This, for obvious reasons, enraged social media users who demanded they reconsider their response. 

 

Now, in a statement on 25 February, the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) confirmed the decision to remove Russian acts from the 2022 contest was made “in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine”.

“The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute”, the statement reads. 

“Before making this decision the EBU took time to consult widely among its membership.”

“The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service.

We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.”

 

Eurovision Song Contest at Rotterdam Ahoy on May 20, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Picture: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images)

 

In other areas, following the military strike, Russia also had the Champions League final stripped from it and the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix was cancelled.

 

In an interview following the military action, director of Kyiv Pride Lenny Emson, said: 

“We need you to act.”

“We need you to go to your government. We need you to address local authorities, any professionals that you have access to.”

 

Ukraine will be represented by rap group Kalush Orchestra at the the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, which is set to take place, in Turin, in May.

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