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ESC Reporter | June 29, 2017

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Russia declines EBU's offer to perform via satellite at Eurovision 2017

Russia declines EBU’s offer to perform via satellite at Eurovision 2017

| On 23, Mar 2017

Following the Ukrainian SBU security's service to bar Julia Samoylova from entering Ukraine for three years, the EBU has made the suggestion to allow Russian to participate at Eurovision 2017 via live satellite.

Strangely enough, this is a direct violation of the Rules of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, which dictates that all entries must be onstage and have limited rehearsal time.

Allowing the Russian entry to have an exception and appear via live satellite opens up the question of whether or not there is an advantage for Russia, who will have unlimited access to their stage for rehearsals.

Also, if Russia were to violate one of the rules during the live performance (i.e. more than six people on stage, recorded backing vocals, or not live singing). How could the EBU handle such a violation? Disqualify Russia in the middle of the event?

Despite the break of the news of the EBU suggestion, Russia news source TASS has revealed that Pervyi Kanal in Russia has declined the offer.

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