Russia on Thursday rejected a compromise offered by the Eurovision Song Contest to let its singer perform via satellite link after she was banned from entering the host country Ukraine, local media reported.
A Russian singer banned by Ukraine from entering the country will be able to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest through a live video link, the contest's executive supervisor, Jon Ola Sand, said Thursday.
Russia's Eurovision hopeful - who has become a source of controversy in host country Ukraine for a 2015 performance in Russian-annexed Crimea - was on Wednesday banned from Ukraine for three years, a move that will likely further degrade relations.
The Eurovision Song Contest's supervisor Jon Ola Sand said Tuesday that the event, to take place in Kiev in two months, will abide by whatever decision Ukraine makes on whether to allow Russia's contestant to enter the country.
Russian singer Julia Samoylova is not letting a potential ban from Ukraine spoil her excitement about performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev in two months, according to an interview published Tuesday.
Russia plans to send wheelchair-bound singer Julia Samoylova, 27, to the Eurovision Song Contest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May, despite a potential ban because she has performed in Russian-annexed Crimea.
Ukraine will not allow Russian singers who have supported the pro-Russian rebellion in eastern Ukraine to perform at next year's Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev, Ukraine's Culture Minister Yevhen Nyshchuk said Friday.
Despite political tensions between Ukraine and Russia, viewers in the neighbouring countries awarded high points to each other's Eurovision Song Contest entries in a televote, detailed results showed Sunday.
A battleground for songs - or political jibes? The Eurovision Song Contest is often full of controversy, and this year is turning out to be no different. A Crimean Tartar singer representing Ukraine has angered Russia with song lyrics it perceives as critical.
While political messages are unwelcome at the Eurovision Song Contest, they nevertheless seem to make their way onstage every few years. Here is an overview of some of the more controversial incidents: