Eurovision changes rules after provocation with Samoilova

Eurovision changes rules after provocation with Samoilova

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Ukrinform
Eurovision organizers have changed the rules of the contest after an incident with Russian singer Yulia Samoilova, who could not attend the event because of being banned to enter Ukraine, the Eurovision Song Contest website ESCToday has reported.

"Undoubtedly, the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv saw a number of undesirable incidents, many of which almost saw the potential movement of the event outside of the host country of Ukraine. This has now led to some changes and adaptions being made to the rules of the forthcoming Eurovision Song Contest events," reads the report.

Consequently, the first change in the rules concerns the prohibition to nominate performers or other delegates who have certain restrictions on entry into the host country of the competition. The corresponding decision was made due to the incident with Samoilova, who visited occupied Crimea and Ukraine denied her entry into its territory.

Each jury member must not be related with the participating songs or artists in any way that could affect the final outcome. 

The report says that in the case of possible non-compliance with the agreed timetables from the broadcaster, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) will have the right to break the host broadcaster agreement and request another broadcaster to host the event.

The EBU said that the Eurovision Song Contest is a non-political event and that means that any form of political propaganda during the event or any political content included in the songs are prohibited.

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