Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Host country: Ukraine
Won by: TBA
UK entry: Never Give Up on You by Lucie Jones

In 2017 Eurovision went east for the second time this decade, and just as in 2012 when it was held in Azerbaijan, the contest was once again mired in controversy. Following the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine in recent years, it seemed inevitable that the contest, to be held in the latter country, would be the cause of further ructions between the two.

The issue concerned the Russian entrant Yulia Samoylov, who had been banned from entering Ukraine due to previously being in contravention of Ukrainian law by travelling directly from Russia to perform in Crimea, which had been annexed by Moscow in 2014. The EBU, whose offer to allow Yulia to perform from Russia via satellite was turned down, called Ukraine's behaviour 'unacceptable', and there was even talk of the country's broadcaster being permanently banned from future contests.

Russia has now withdrawn and will not broadcast the 2017 contest.


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