EBU Releases An Official Statement Regarding Russia’s Participation at Eurovision 2022

Ukraine has been through a painful situation in the last few days, following Russia‘s invasion of Ukraine territory.

At the beginning of the events, Ukraine approached to the EBU and requested to remove Russia from Eurovision 2022. They believed that Russia recent acts aren’t alligned with the values and norms that each EBU member should fullfil.

The EBU commented that Eurovision is apolitical event, and threfore Russia is welcomed to participate.

However, other countries decided to demand EBU act over the recent events.
The following countries have released official statements:

  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine – The Broadcaster demanded EBU ban Russia’s membership
  • 🇫🇮 Finland – Stated they will withdraw if Russia participate participate in at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia – Stated they will withdraw if Russia participates at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden – The broadcaster required the EBU to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇳🇱 The Netherlands – The broadcaster required the EBU to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark – The broadcaster required the EBU to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇳🇴 Norway – The broadcaster required the EBU to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania – The broadcaster required the EBU to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland – The broadcaster required the EBU to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia – statement of the representatives that calls to prevent Russia from participating at Eurovision 2022

And now, the EBU has released an official statement which cancells the particiapation of Russia at Eurovision 2022:

The EBU added:

The decision reflects concern that, in light of the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry in this year’s Contest would bring the competition into disrepute.

Before making this decision the EBU took time to consult widely among its membership.

The EBU is an apolitical member organization of broadcasters committed to upholding the values of public service.

We remain dedicated to protecting the values of a cultural competition which promotes international exchange and understanding, brings audiences together, celebrates diversity through music and unites Europe on one stage.

Therefore, this means that only 17 conutries will participate in semi-final 1:

FIRST HALF OF THE SHOW (SONGS 1-9)
  • Albania
  • Latvia
  • Switzerland
  • Slovenia
  • Bulgaria
  • Moldova
  • Ukraine
  • Lithuania
  • The Netherlands
SECOND HALF OF THE SHOW (SONGS 10-18)
  • Norway
  • Russia
  • Portugal
  • Denmark
  • Armenia
  • Austria
  • Croatia
  • Iceland
  • Greece

ESCBEAT team prays for better days, when all the conutries can live in peace.

You’re welcome to read all about Eurovision 2022 on our homepage

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Doron Lahav is 28 years old guy who lives in Israel. Doron watches Eurovision Song Contest since early 2000s. Doron works as a Data Scientist and also shows interest in singing and writing.

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