Russia is officially banned from participating in 2022 Europe Regional Song Contestorganization announced on Friday.
For starters, Eurovision is an annual televised songwriting competition organized by the European Broadcasting Union, in which European countries are allowed to enter each original song for consideration. (You’re probably familiar with the Netflix series Will Ferrell – Rachel McAdams Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga? That’s basically it.)
The organization’s decision to exclude Russia from the 2022 competition was made due to the escalating attack on Ukraine. Continue reading for full statementpublished through the Contest’s social media accounts:
“The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that no Russian acts have entered this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The EBU Executive Board made the decision following a recommendation earlier today by the Eurovision Song Contest Administration, the Reference Group, based on the event’s rules and the EBU’s values. The Reference Group proposal was also supported by the EBU’s Television Committee. ”
It continued: “The decision reflects the concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Competition would render the competition woeful. Prior to making this decision, the EBU took the time to consult widely among its members.”
In short, “EBU is a non-political membership organization of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service. We still strive to uphold the values of a cultural competition that promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage. ”
Ukraine has won the Eurovision Song Contest twice, first in 2004 with “Wild Dances” by Ruslana and again in 2016 with “1944.” by Jamal. Russia only had one win at hand with Dima Bilan’s “Believe” in 2008.
The 2022 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Turin, Italy, is scheduled for May 10, 12 and 14.
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