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.
To guarantee a peaceful contest, where all countries could take part the EBU has invented to organize a satellite transmission from Russia for the Russian singer if she cannot perform live in Kiev. Unfortunately, this idea is not possible as the Ukrainian law does also not allow a live transmission from Russia and furthermore the Russian broadcaster Channel 1 has denied this proposal immediately. The EBU should have known early in advance that a situation like this might happen. It should have been either a rule for the host country that everybody is allowed to participate in Ukraine, even with special allowance or the statements must have foreseen that Russia is able to send another entry. This is a weird situation for the host country, for Russia and the EBU. It’s still under investigations if the Armenian singer, who also performed on Crimea, is able to enter Ukraine. For the Eurovision Song Contest the strict laws should be eased to guarantee a successful contest. Politics should have no place at the ESC.
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About me: As one of the founders of eurovisionlive.com I am responsible for the interviews with the singers and the editorial content. My passion for the Eurovision Song Contest exists since my early childhood. The exotic music, different cultures and languages have given a lot of inspiration to me. Since my very first ESC in Dublin 1994 I particularly appreciate the get together and friendship of all the nationalities and Riverdance was a thrill!