There is one topic in these days concerning the Eurovision Song Contest and that is the fact that the Russian singer is not allowed to enter Ukraine for the contest. This travel ban is egible for everybody and also includes singers for the ESC. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has probably not faced this strange situation early in advance enough, so now there is a lot of trouble.
For all visitors of the Eurovision Song Contest venues there is a lot to explore beside of the rehearsals and live shows at the arena. Normally the city has a kind of “Eurovision City Dress” which consists of banners, flags, logos visible on public transport in, pedestrian zones, railway stations, airports, etc., which should enthuse locals and visitors to join and be part of the Eurovision feeling.
The recent announcement of the EBU has catapulted the atmosphere to a kind of shock status. Due to the fact that the Russian singer Julia Samoilova has been performing in the annexed Crimea recently, she is not allowed to enter Ukraine anymore. This has been officially confirmed by the EBU as they have to accept the local laws of the host country.
As the last country of 43 participating countries Armenia has now unveiled its entry for Eurovision. The artistic singer Artsvik is presenting her extraordinary song “Fly With Me” in Kiev in a video clip. Of course a video clip is a first impression of the mighty live presentation, but it all depends on the stage presentation in Kiev.
As one of the last countries Bulgaria has unveiled it’s entry for Eurovision now. Kristian Kostov is going to represent Bulgaria with “Beautiful Mess” in Kiev. This young singer is going to achieve another good placing as Poli Genova did in Stockholm last year.
There were rumours in the past days that Russia might be withdraw from this year’s ESC. The announcement was made in the Russian news in a quite unspectacular way. The singer Julia Samoylova will be singing “Flame Is Burning”. The singer is bound to a wheelchair. This is not the first time in the ESC history, Monika Kuszyńska from Poland could reach the Grand Final in Vienna with “In The Name Of Love” and came 23rd.
He is one of the gurus and he is very dedicated with the Eurovision Song Contest – Ralph Siegel. This year he is the composer for the San Marinese entry again for the fifth time. And the singer he still believes in is Valentina Monetta, who together made three Eurovision stories:
He has already been treated as one of the favourites. Last year Robin Bengtsson has already made a good performance with his song “Constellation Price”. This year he could top his personal result winning the Swedish nation final Melodifestivalen in a highly competitive contest with his song “I Can’t Go On”. His extraordinary choreography has convinced the international jury as well. The stage performance started in the back room of the stage. The second place with the highest result from the Swedish public received Nano with “Hold On”.
Among the ten Norwegian finalists there were four entrants who reached the “Golden Final”, and these were Jowst, Ulrikke, Elin & The Woods and Ammuniton. At the end Jowst received the majority of the televotes. “Grab The Moment” is going to be the Norwegian entry for Kiev 2017.