The curse of 43 at Eurovision strikes again. In recent times when there has been a field of 43 entrants, someone has fallen victim to a withdrawal, disqualification or a ban. In 2009 Georgia’s ‘We Don’t Wanna Put In’ was forced to withdraw for political content, Armenia announced they would not compete in 2012 due to ongoing disputes over the Nagorno-Karabakh region with host nation Azerbaijan, Romania’s Anton Ovidiu was forced to withdraw last year due to unpaid licencing fees by the national broadcaster and now Russia have been forced to withdraw from the Contest following the ban of their artist Yulia Samoilova, as a result of her performing in the disputed region of the Crimea.
The Russian artist Yulia Samoilova who was chosen to represent the nation at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest has been forbidden from entering the Ukraine to compete when the Contest takes place in Kiev in May.
For the past four days you have been voting in the poll for Group B of the Eurovision NI World Cup 2017! We have closed the poll and can now reveal the results and announce which two countries have made it through to the next round of the competition.
Yulia Samoilova was chosen by Russia to represent them at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We get to know the singer a bit better in our feature 10 Things About…Yulia Samoilova!
Two songs will advance from Group B to the knock out stage of our Eurovision World Cup Contest. Group B consists of Portugal, Russia, Slovenia, Austria and Croatia. Listen to each of the songs in this group and vote for your favourite two in the poll below. Poll closes 19th March when the results will be unveiled.
The World Cup happens every four years, but we had so much fun with our Eurovision World Cup last year, that we decided it should make a return in 2017. Eurovision has been hailed by many as being the ‘Gay World Cup’. So what if the format for Eurovision was more like the World Cup?
Russia are coming late to the Eurovision party this year. They are the penultimate country to announce their Eurovision act for 2017 when this evening they choose X-Factor contestant Yulia Samoilova for Kiev. The singer will perform ‘Flame is Burning’, check out her video below.