Intervision revival postponed until 2015
Intervision 2014 is being postponed until early 2015, according to Rusnovosti.ru. Intervision, which BBC news called “The Cold War rival to Eurovision” was set up as an equivalent to Eurovision in 1977, when Soviet states could not take part, as they were not members of the European Broadcasting Company (EBU).
Conchita Wurst’s victory at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest caused outrage in some parts of eastern Europe. Calvertjournal.com writes that some Russian politicians have called for a “heterosexual version” of Eurovision to be created. Russian politicians also called for Conchita to be banned from entering Russia.
In June, it was announced there was to be a revival of Intervision, this October, as a more “moral” version of Eurovision. However, due to the current invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Intervision, which was due to be held in Sochi, will be postponed until Spring 2015 says one of the shows organizers, Victor Drobysh. This would place Intervision in direct competition with Eurovision.
Russia have still confirmed their participation in Eurovision 2015.
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