Eurovision 2017 has already been beset by controversy; will Russia’s entrant be allowed to compete?
The situation in the region is already a delicate one, after Russia’s annexation of Crimea back in February 2014.
That political tension has boiled over in 2017, with Ukraine issuing a travel ban to Russia’s entrant Julia Samoylova, after they claimed that she illegally travelled to Crimea for a performance in 2014.
Eurovision organisers are hurriedly trying to diffuse tensions and rectify the situation prior to the event early next month.
Russia is currently due to take to the stage in the second of the semi finals – on Thursday May 11.
Naturally, the Russians claim their entrant perfectly embodies the theme of this year’s event, celebrating diversity; Julia has suffered from spinal muscular atrophy from an early age and is confined to a wheelchair.
Should Russia get the go-ahead to compete, she’ll be performing the ballad ‘Flame Is Burning’.
It’s an okay track… but there’s nothing particularly exemplary about it.
Most betting agencies have it finishing inside the top ten, though some have suspended betting while the Ukraine/Russia situation is sorted out.
In the meantime, we’re giving it cinq points.