Yulia Samoilova was chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017. Shortly after, it was revealed that she was one of the artists who had been banned from entering the Ukraine by the Ukrainian government as she had performed in the disputed region of the Crimea since its annexation by Russia. EBU officials tried to suggest other solutions such as having Yulia perform via video link, but this was rejected by Russia, who subsequently withdrew from the Contest.
The Greek broadcaster ERT are keen to achieve a good result at Eurovision 2018 and have wasted no time in kicking off their selection process for the competition in Lisbon next May.
Who will follow in the footsteps of Imri Ziv, Hovi Star and Nadav Guedj and win the Israeli Eurovision selection show: Israel’s Rising Star? Well we got one step closer to finding out as the 2018 edition of the competition kicked off at the weekend.
It is unlikely that Macedonia will participate in the 2018 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. This news comes from the national broadcaster MRT who have stated that due to accumulating debts owed to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), they will be unable to send an entry to Portugal next May.
Over the next nine weeks we will be looking closely at some of the songs released in 2017 by former Eurovision contestants. We will be asking you to vote for your favourite from the lists before compiling a final Top 30 just before the end of the year.