Eurovision makes bold decision about Russia in 2022 competition


Russia Eurovision 2022

After Russia’s controversial move to invade Ukraine this week, Eurovision organisers have been forced to revise their decision.

Earlier this week the European Broadcasting Union stated that Russia would still compete.

However, pressure from broadcasters has seen the decision revised.

Russia disqualified from Eurovision 2022

After mounting pressure the European Broadcasting Union has made the decision to disqualify Russia from Eurovision 2022.

The move comes amid news Russia is invading Ukraine.

After reversing the decision from last week the European Broadcasting Union said Russia’s  inclusion would “bring the competition into disrepute.”

They announced the decision had been made based on “the rules of the event and the values of the EBU.”

“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 organisation 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.”

Eurovision: Australia Decides

The strong decision about Russia’s involvement in Eurovision 2022 comes on the eve of Eurovision: Australia Decides.

This weekend eleven Australian acts are competing for their chance to represent Australia.

After Australia’s 2021 entrant Montaigne was forced to compete remotely, providing an unfortunate placement, this year’s winner will be hoping to travel to Turin, Italy to compete.

Among the hopefuls are Australian Idol Alumni Paulini, popular singer Sheldon Riley and international star Seann Miley Moore.

The winner of Eurovision: Australia Decides will be announced at the Gold Coast live tonight.

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2 Comments

  1. Peter Turner
    28 February 2022
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    Putin has demonstrated he has no intention to parcipitate in “International exchage and understanding “. This left Eurovision with no option but to ban Russia from the competition.

    It is also the morally correct option. Russia must be completely isolated.

  2. Robert
    28 February 2022
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    This seems like a bit of a contradiction to me – Russia has been persecuting Gays for many years now, and were still able to compete.

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