Normally the Eurovision Song Contest does not reflect or mirror any political trends or topics. But sometimes politics cannot be overseen by people who watch the contest. Due to the current situation in the Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea by Russia, the atmosphere is strained. Should the EBU disqualify Russia from the contest this year?
Generally it should be discussed if countries which provoke war or do not respect human rights should not enter the contest anymore, what if these countries win the ESC? Can a safe contest be guaranteed? Similar things are being discussed with the world soccer championships or Olympic Games. First there were the Olympic Games in Sotchi and Russia showed it’s modernity to the world and Putin welcomed the whole world to Russia, two weeks later the Russian troops marched into the Ukraine. That’s a bitter pill. But the EBU should not exclude this discussion as there will be a lot of questions for sure.
The Ukraine and Russia also share a cultural background and even a Ukrainian singer has been selected to represent Russia in the Moscow ESC 2009 Anastasia Prikhodko with “Mamo”. Votes have been flying around between Russia and Ukraine over the years. It will be interesting to see if this is still the case, unless one of them withdraws.
The history has shown that the war on the Balkan in the 90’s has not changed anything in the ESC, beside of having more countries in the contest. Even if the countries were in war, the sympathy in giving points to each other has not decreased. There were many 12 points between Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia and Montenegro. This is also mainly due to the fact that there is a common cultural background when it comes to music.
In 1982 Germany has send a peace song “Ein Bisschen Frieden” by Nicole which became a winner, when the UK had difficulties with Argentina. Recently in the 2012 ESC in Baku; Armenia did not participate. This is caused by the old general conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Due to the rules of the EBU the entire show must be broadcasted in all participating countries.
Unless the questions will not be answered uncertainty will remain.