In December, many looked in the direction of Klava Koka as Russia’s Eurovision 2022 entry. However, silence has been telling that the “Краш” hitmaker is likely not going to be the country’s bid.

In an interview on the red carpet around the Russkoe radio project #ПоюЛюбимоеНаРусском, Klava told journalists that it seems unlikely she will be Russia’s contestant in Turin this May:

“I don’t know. Everybody is asking me about it. They call me: ‘You are going to Eurovision!’. And I say: ‘Why do I not know about it?’.” 

 
 
 
 
 
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On the question about whether she is willing to participate at the contest, the singer answered:

“It would be cool, but my schedule is already clogged, therefore…”

“There were some talks about it. I don’t know. There was a hype around it. Now, nothing is clear in general. Myself I don’t know anything. It was a childhood dream to go to Italy.”

The songstress does not lie about a full agenda. Klava continues to release new tracks and recently acted in some advertisements. 

Russia at Eurovision 2022: another peace ballad? 

Public broadcaster VGTRK, who will choose Russia’s entry for the first time since 2019, is remaining extremely silent about their Eurovision efforts. Their last bid was revealed during an episode of the music talk show Privyet, Andrey! – hosted by Eurovision 2009 semi-final host Andrey Malakhov – in early February that year.

Meanwhile, Alexander Panayotov has confirmed he sent a bid to VGTRK, but that he has yet to hear from the public broadcaster. Speaking to Russkoe radio, the selection veteran commented he hasn’t even received a reply to his emails yet.

Russia has generally been late to reveal its entries in the recent decade. Last year, broadcaster Channel One held a last-minute national final after fan favourites Little Big pulled out in early March.

However, fans on social media see patterns with the internal selections of 2017, 2015 and 2014, when the country was under international political criticism. 

In 2017, Channel One remained silent until a few days before the official deadline and revealed then unknown singer Julia Samoylova as the country’s representative. Two years prior to that, famous songstress Polina Gagarina sang a peace ballad, an usual genre for her, at the contest in Vienna. In 2014, the country selected 17-year-old Tolmachevy Sisters, who had previously won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006. 

Are you still hoping to see Klava Koka at Eurovision? What do you expect from Russia’s Eurovision 2022 entry? Let us know in the comments down below!

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NickC
NickC
9 months ago

Sorry but Russia should be banned until it becomes a non-aggressor democracy. What is the point of having someone who threatens everyone in a party?

Alex
Alex
9 months ago

i think the broadcaster is waiting to see how far Putin will take it in Ukraine and if it goes to full war, then they will withdraw.

Noel
Noel
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Ok thanks for telling me I didn’t know that

Noel
Noel
9 months ago

I think that with everything going on Russia should take the year off the eurovision song contest and then come back

Piet
Piet
9 months ago

Really Wiwibloggs? You censure / delete my critical message about Russia but allow Agent 007 saying ” that Ukraine is at war with itself ” and that Russian tanks in Ukraine bring PEACE? SHAME ON YOU WIWIBLOGGS. And go ahead, delete this quickly before your Russian sponsors see more anti-Russian truths. After all they dont pay you heavily for nothing, do they?!?

Piet
Piet
9 months ago

I wonder if any Russian artist would allow themselves to be used at Eurovision as the symbol of Russian violence and warmongering at the moment. It will damage their career considerably. Had Sergey Lazarev not been singing for Russia, for example, he would have won ESC easily. In the meantime, Russia’s reputation has grown even worse. Russia had better not take part this year and stay away the next few years until their Supreme Leader regains some sense of reality.

gea
gea
9 months ago

There are some things we, Eurovision fans, have to understand: Russia doesn’t really care if a group of Eurovision fans boo them or not. It never cared. Secondly, the largest group of people who watch Eurovision also doesn’t really care about Russia-Ukraine issues and LGBT issues in Russia: they will vote for Russian entry if they like it and that’s it. The jurors, on the other hand, might be more cautious and include the current political issues and downgrade Russia. So, calling for boycott or withdrawal of Russia will not work. Russia will probably withdraw only if they want to.… Read more »

Angie4815
9 months ago
Reply to  gea

I disagree with the fact that most Eurovision viewers don’t care about Russia and Ukraine, and even more about LGBT issues in Russia (many viewers are lgbt and they know that Russia is a deeply homophobic country, I mean, we boo it every year). Of course they care, and even those who don’t, should. That’s why EBU needs to take action against Russia. The truth is that the contest has political notes, it always had, and denying it is just a blatant lie. Example: 1944 was a deeply political song. Many viewers, like me, didn’t know a thing about the… Read more »

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago

I’m interested. Any Russians here who have thoughts about any of this? (With the understanding you could be kidnapped for speaking out against your “leader”). I expect only positive comments, obviously, haha.

Last edited 9 months ago by JSU12
Piet
Piet
9 months ago
Reply to  JSU12

I don’t think Russians know what is going on.
Russian people do not have the same sense of reality as the rest of the world, because in Russia there is no free press. Their “news” is dictated by the Russian government. So Russian people accept that “news” as real, because they cannot read and hear what is really happening in the world.

Last edited 9 months ago by Piet
Bella
Bella
9 months ago
Reply to  Piet

Russians know very well what’s going on. Domestic media might be biased, but we’re in 2022 now and people can access foreign news easily. Even in Cuba and Iran you have TVs everywhere (restaurants, hotel lobbys, etc.) with CNN on, and in a country like China everyone uses VPN to circumvent internet censorship. I would say not having access to a free press at home makes people all the more hungry for scouting the web for news.

Last edited 9 months ago by Bella
Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago

Who cares about these clowns

noone
noone
9 months ago

I think Russia will withdraw this year.. It would probably be the best.

nycforever
nycforever
9 months ago
Reply to  noone

Of course Russia will not withdraw. But they better do, as they will especially irritate the audience this year.

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
9 months ago

Do not try to bring the political problems between the two countries to the ESC stage. ESC is a music contest, not an arena of politics and war! Stop trying to turn Eurovision into politics. It is not the representatives and songs that are at war, but the countries that are at war

Agent 007
Agent 007
9 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Ukraine is in war with itself. Hopefully when Russian army enters Donbass, peace will come, like in Crimea as Ukrainians are not eager and cannot fight against Russia. PEACE <3

Last edited 9 months ago by Agent 007
JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

Doesn’t mean Russia should invade Ukraine for no reason. Imagine Germany doing that to France. Oh Wait! It did! Duh. Your logic is wrong.

Piet
Piet
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

You are an idiot. Calling for peace and then applauding for Russian tanks rolling into Ukraine. Russia is stealing land again, like it did in Georgia (2008) and Crimea (2014). Those are acts of war, not peace.

Piet
Piet
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

How can you talk about peace and then defend that Russia’s tanks are rolling into Ukraine. Really?!?!?

Séamus Mór
Séamus Mór
9 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

It’s all very well saying that politics has no place on the ESC stage but it always has been part of it. What’s going on at the moment to Ukraine is very serious and we can’t just turn a blind eye to it as if it’s not happening, they’re our neighbour and are being treated appallingly buy a much larger and more powerful country and where will Russia stop?

Hyunwoo
Hyunwoo
9 months ago

Offtopic: Three artists for the final selection | Dream Team’s participation is in doubt | EXCLUSIVE This year’s entry of Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest will literally be announced in the last minute. The country’s public television, even at the time of writing, has not yet reached the song, nor the artist, who will represent Russia in Turin, with three names remaining on the table. Three artists are still in the crisis of the Russian public television, Russia 1, for the representation of the country in Eurovision 2022. Although we are in the last ten days of February, Russia 1 has not made its final decisions. Today… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Hyunwoo
willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Did you just paste someone else’s article?

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Hyunwoo

Russia would just show its ignorance, stupidity, and stubbornness by coming this year.

Last edited 9 months ago by JSU12
Pearli
Pearli
9 months ago

Just ban Russia. Sick of their blatant ambition to eat Ukraine up and gang up with China.

Esc41
Esc41
9 months ago
Reply to  Pearli

What this has to do with Eurovision… Don’t bring politics to the contest… LOL

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Pearli

They only gang up with China for convenience, but once they’re both done with each other they’ll end up destroying each other

Yudhistira Mahasena
9 months ago

I’ve been thinking, instead of Klava Koka or another Kirkorov-written song, hardbass won’t seem to hurt for Russia in Eurovision. They can send in artists like Hardbass School, XS Project, Uamee, or DJ Blyatman to Turin to save Eurovision 2022 from being so far weak.

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago

OR….. They could stay away and make Eurovision SAFE. I know that’s a foreign concept to them.

Rich
Rich
9 months ago

Should Russia be banned? No. It appears their broadcaster hasn’t violated any rules (so far).

Should Russia withdraw? Yes. They will be booed and destroyed by both juries and audiences, regardless of what they send.

Will Russia withdraw? No. Our boos and lack of points will only strengthen Putin.

This whole situation is terrible, and Russia/Putin will use Eurovision to boost their own horrendous behavior.

Erik
Erik
9 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Would the situation be better if Russia were excluded? Probably not. ESC was created as a projects for unity in a divided Europe. Sometimes politics and warfare comes right in your face, but they didn’t break any EBU rules just yet

Rich
Rich
9 months ago
Reply to  Erik

Did you even read what I wrote?

Kaija
Kaija
9 months ago
Reply to  Rich

Poor artist representing Russia this year, they will have to go through all of that. If I would be an artist in Russia, I would not agree to do Eurovision this year.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago

Come to think of it, we haven’t had peace ballads in a while. It will be a good choice for anyone if they want to stand out in the competition lol.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

But it’s Russia, it’s already something we’d expect from them

Chris Malta
Chris Malta
9 months ago

If the peace ballad cones from Russia it will be really comic!

Agent 007
Agent 007
9 months ago
Reply to  Chris Malta

why? It brought peace to Crimea and it is bringing peace to Donbass 🙂

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Agent 007

Bruh, your “war is peace” -like statement is definitely a 1984 moment

Tzs
Tzs
9 months ago

We are the worst people
Different yet we’re the same
We believe
We believe in a dream
Praying for peace and healing
I hope we can start again
We believe
We believe in a dream

Dolly
Dolly
9 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

Spot on

Tzs
Tzs
9 months ago
Reply to  Dolly

“Sadly not”

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

That’s what I thought she said when I first heard it. Must have been psychic

Tzs
Tzs
9 months ago
Reply to  Tzs

Hahaha Yes i died when i heard her singing back in 2015 xd

Chupacabra
Chupacabra
9 months ago

Every russian singer who have a little brain in his head will not participate this year on ESC… for what… to be a playball in this political game? Russia will participate, thats sure like the amen in the church but with a B or C class singer who have nothing to loose.

Nicolas
Nicolas
9 months ago
Reply to  Chupacabra

Galasy ZMesta is certainly willing to represent Russia.

Sabi
Sabi
9 months ago

RAI wont allow Fans to boo Russian entrant, with anti-booing system like in 2015 wont happen.

Dolly
Dolly
9 months ago

Russia should be chucked out

CRAIG
CRAIG
9 months ago

Not sure we’ll see Russia or Ukraine at ESC this year to be honest…

Otto
Otto
9 months ago
Reply to  CRAIG

I agree with you, both countries should just stay out, there’s some toxic atmosphere in the air.
First Ukraine with scandals and drama, now Russia with the ”we’re innocent and we love ballads” attitude. I don’t want to remember this year’s Eurovision after that.
Same with 2014, one of my very first thoughts is ”booing Russia” and extremely overrated Ukrainian song.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Otto

Dude, practically Ukraine and Italy are Europe’s new darlings, saying their entries are “overrated” makes your comment a downvote magnet

Ola
Ola
9 months ago

#EurovisionwithoutRussia

Esc41
Esc41
9 months ago
Reply to  Ola

#eurovisionwithoutpolitics

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
9 months ago

Here I have a deal from Slovenia: They stop invading Ukraine, instead we give them our whole country as a colony, LPS is out of the game and July Jones represents Russia at the Eurovision 2022. Easy win

Ryt
Ryt
9 months ago

July jones was literally my fav this year as i love her style and music. I literally watchef ema just for her and she flopped oop

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
9 months ago

Because Slovenes try to be as exquisite as possible when choosing the Eurovision entry. Anything which is popular they deem as somehow bad and in the end they don’t care about Slovenia’s result (they think Slovenia won’t ever win anyway). This is how Raiven and Lina Kuduzovi? managed to lose, despite being the favorites. If you ask me, we shouldn’t be participating because for us, Eurovision is a plain waste of money

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
9 months ago

Well, then make the Russian televoting give it 12 points. For now I feel as if Disko will be the first entry in Eurovision history to get 0 points from both the juries and televoters in the Semi. As their name says, LPS = Last Place Semi

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago

LPS stands for Last Pizza Slice. You can dislike the song all you want, but get off their case.

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

It OFFICIALLY stands for it. But I don’t think my interpretation is a coincidence…

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

How is July Jones eligible for Russia?

Tini Zabulih Predkiv
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Well Slovenia would be part of Russia so July would be ‘Russian’

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago

Russia who?

Vale
Vale
9 months ago

I think it is time people start to educate themselves and learn the history of Eurovision, why it was founded, the reasons why European countries decided to celebrate and unite after the post-war period. Educate yourself, it is never too late.

Last edited 9 months ago by Vale
ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago

Sounds like some sort of excuse but I don’t blame her, I mean, if I were her I wouldn’t like to represent Russia this year just to get booed (and forget about any chances to crossover to Western scenes) either

Last edited 9 months ago by ete sech
Noel
Noel
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

I totally agree with you

Benji
Benji
9 months ago
Reply to  ete sech

Yes, one should be a sort of masochist to be willing to represent Russia in such circumstances. Anyway, I hope they will manage to find such a masochist 🙂

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Benji

I hope they don’t, that’d mean they’d have to withdraw and their artists would look respectable imo

Jack
Jack
9 months ago

Russia will get booed while Azerbaijan was never. That’s the double standards of Eurovision

Bella
Bella
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

The double standards are real, but you also need to factor in power dynamics here: Russia is the largest country in the world with massive military capabilities and a huge influence, while Azerbaijan is unknown to most people (winning Eurovision was their biggest exposure ever, Google searches like “What is Azerbaijan?” spiked the day after). I don’t think people accept what Azerbaijan is doing, it’s just below their radar.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  Bella

Also, Nagorno-Karabakh is internationally recognised as part of Azerbaijan, whereas Russian is violating the legally recognised sovereignty of a neighbouring country, so there is a bit of a difference. I’m not defending Azerbaijan’s actions in relation to recent border conflicts, but the issues are different on a matter of international law.

Last edited 9 months ago by Azaad
Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Because border conflicts happen a lot. Russia is planning to invade a sovereign damn country what are we even comparing here

Last edited 9 months ago by Jamie
Pearli
Pearli
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

Azerbaijan has never been a hot topic in my country but Russia has always been and I’m from East Asia.

ete sech
ete sech
9 months ago
Reply to  Jack

No one in Mexico (where I come from) knows about Azerbaijan. You come up with the name and you’ll be asked stuff like “what’s that? is it eaten?”
On the other hand, the Russia situation seems to be polarizing to some extent, with deranged chairos rooting for Russia and the rest trying to stay neutral, making memes or low-key supporting Ukraine, being aware of the fact that Russia’s foreign policy is hostile to Europe and other parts of the world

Last edited 9 months ago by ete sech
Bella
Bella
9 months ago

This contest has always been and will always be political (same for all events that involve nations and flags). Politics are always distilled into every action we decide to do or not do: speaking up during wartime is a political decision, but deciding not to say anything is also political, deciding not to ban a country is a political decision, singing about peace (like so many Eurovision entries love to do, including Russia from 2013 to 2015) is a political statement, etc. This “no politics” thing has never been a rule, more like something to hide behind when they don’t… Read more »

Sim
Sim
9 months ago

The thing that makes me sad the most about whole this thing is – where were all the Eurovision fans calling for Russian representative (which we don´t know if will be forced to participate or if he/she agrees with official politics) last year when Samira Efendi took the part after Azerbaijian attacked Armenian Nagorno Karabakh and she was the one posting pictures of herself in uniform calling Armenian terrorist? Where? Where EBU was? Few people were interested.
So…

RandomGuy
RandomGuy
9 months ago
Reply to  Sim

My dude what are you talking about? You should be glad that EBU did not disqualify Iveta Mukuchyan in 2016 when she brought in a BANNED flag of a fake country (a home for more than 900k displaced Azerbaijani Turks) into the arena. I don’t have to remind you of the number of times Iveta expressed hate towards Azeris and in fact she released a song last year during the war in which she vividly states “death to Turks.” So, stop spreading hate here (acting as if Armenia is the only victim in this conflict) and remember that we are… Read more »

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago

Putin HATES to lose! This can affect him.

kir
kir
9 months ago

I genuinely appreciate Renske emphasizing the innocent-girl-singing-about-peace trope. Basically Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012 and the subsequent crackdown created a certain narrative for Russia’s representers at international events (musicians at the ESC, athletes at the Olympics, etc). They should present themselves and their performances clean as whistle, technically impeccable, and with no personal story behind. It’s a strategy to cover dirt, pain, and gore behind this spotless curtain. Thus I’m still overwhelmed by the fact that Manizha was not banned but supported with her deeply personal story, far from being just a shield for Russian broadcaster’s ambitions on… Read more »

Bela
Bela
9 months ago

Until they don’t want to use the contest for their political agenda like Belarus did, they are welcome to join and probably that’s what the EBU will also say. I mean why would they be banned from ESC if they keep participating at sports events? If they were hosts, it might be a different story…
I hope they don’t send any peace ballad though, they should come with something modern and edgy, Russian music is so much more than they usually show at the contest. Last 2 years were great examples, but sadly it’s the other broadcaster’s turn…

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Bela

That was a good song with a good singer. But, if they sent something like that, I would not take it seriously. Like the twins in 2015.

Helene
Helene
9 months ago
Reply to  Bela

Million voices was written by a Swede

Knut Olav
Knut Olav
9 months ago
Reply to  Bela

When talking about sports, BBC reports today that it’s nearly certain that St. Petersburg will be stripped of the male Champions League Football Final in May. And if Russia invades Ukraine Russia will surely be kicked out of all international sport. And I think EBU will do the same. THat’ll be the reality.

Sabi
Sabi
9 months ago
Reply to  Knut Olav

I dont think so, whats if Russia qualifies to FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar, and how will compensate Russian Football federation on lost Champions League Football Final bid due politics? They will sue UEFA!!

Hu Hu Hu hurricane
Hu Hu Hu hurricane
9 months ago

I have my fingers crossed for Lena Katina always.

Sabi
Sabi
9 months ago

She now is very forgotten in Russia for do ESC.

Clara
Clara
9 months ago

If they participate, and if their representative is booed by the fans, I’m sorry to say that that usually causes the opposite effect than what’s intended… Many Russians already feel misjudged and rejected by Western society, and public shaming tends to reinforce their views and their support of the government. I know booing is a very natural and emotional response but in the context of ESC (*not* the larger political context, mind you) a bit of love can go a long way. Like publicly showing respect for the act in spite of their awful government, and making it very clear… Read more »

Alex M
Alex M
9 months ago
Reply to  Clara

Love won’t help, there is too much anti-Western propaganda in Russia. Besides, people still voted for Putin in the most recent elections which were after 2014, so they don’t mind him killing Ukrainians (at least a couple soldiers died each month before the recent events, now 1 or 2 dies per day).

Alex M
Alex M
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex M

He would’ve rigged the results, yes, if they didn’t vote for him, but in fact they actually did. And they support Putin (the majority at least)

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex M

He doesn’t give them anybody else to vote for.

Alex M
Alex M
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Have you heard about protest voting? They could literally vote for anyone else. Select a guy with maximum chance of being a runner up and vote for him. This would make a big damage to Putin’s self confidence and he wouldn’t be able to do crazy stuff knowing there will be no consequences.

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago
Reply to  Clara

I agree. They are doing Putin a favour by booing. It suits him. I was glad that it was covered up with fake clapping in 2015.

Clara
Clara
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Thank you. I don’t understand why my comment is being downvoted to oblivion 🙁

Alexander
Alexander
9 months ago
Reply to  Clara

Don’t take it personally. Your comment makes a lot of sense and as a Russian citizen who despises Putin I thank you for that.

sam
sam
9 months ago

here is something i found: the russian band cream soda wiped their whole instagram account and now only has 1 post saying they have an announcement tonight at 22:22 moscow time. there is also a russian flag in the post so i think they will be representing russia this year. it’s a really good choice and their other music is great! the account is @creamsodamusic

Last edited 9 months ago by sam
Pete
9 months ago

If Yugoslavia (Serbia and Montenegro) was banned in 1993 there is no reason not to ban Russia!

Last edited 9 months ago by Pete
Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
9 months ago
Reply to  Pete

Yes, we were banned. That’s exactly why I disagree with anyone else being banned because Eurovision participation should not be based on the political decisions. The same goes for sport.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  Pete

To be fair, that was related to official UN sanctions, and given that those sanctions were related to a war in which some Serbs participated in Europe’s worst genocide since the Holocaust…in terms of crimes against humanity, it was a really bad situation.

Xxx
Xxx
9 months ago

Ban Russia!

Esc41
Esc41
9 months ago
Reply to  Xxx

Has the broadcaster done something against EBU rules?

Stephanie
Stephanie
9 months ago

Question to all Eurovision fans! Do you think Russia can participate or should it be excluded from participation ?

Adam
Adam
9 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Ban for at least a year.

Vladimir P.
Vladimir P.
9 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

I don’t support Russian policies towards Ukraine, but I don’t think Russia should be banned.

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Banned. Political aggression goes against the WHOLE POINT of Eurovision. Recall, this all started following WWII

Illi
Illi
9 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

No. Then we should ban Azerbaijan last year for similar reasons. While Russia don’t send a political song, or a political act. Citizens =/=Government

Last edited 9 months ago by Illi
Esc41
Esc41
9 months ago
Reply to  Stephanie

Of course they can… This is a song contest… And as Madonna said, music makes the people come together.. Yay..

Ana
Ana
9 months ago

They should not be represented in any major world event. Enough with this. They got a pass in 2014 and now they are doing basically the same thing because obviously the “punishment” was ridiculous. In that pace Russia will get to the borders of western Europe in no time. People think that it’s a Ukrainian problem but it really isn’t. It will very soon be the whole European problem.

Last edited 9 months ago by Ana
Alex
Alex
9 months ago

Angry mob of pathetic ESC fans??? EXCUSE ME???? This is not the time to ignore politics when Russia invades another country that is also participating in Eurovision. No time to ignore the atrocities.
The Russian entrant that will go to Turin obviously agrees with this tactic otherwise they would kindly reject Eurovision this year for obvious reasons. They deserve any negative reactions from the public because they represent Russia, a country that is starting a war against Ukraine.

Pandaman
Pandaman
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Representing a country at ESC =/= representing the government.

kir
kir
9 months ago
Reply to  Pandaman

Both Russian broadcasters, Chanel 1 (Pervyy kanal) and VGTRK, are state-run media empires which provide atrocious state propaganda. Both companies are a linchpin (as well as RT) of the horrendous system of creating and distributing justifications for Putin’s militaristic actions.
Thus representing a country supported by these broadcasters = representing the government

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Pandaman

“Fake news”
Wow you’re really pathetic aren’t you.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

But the Broadcaster that sends the Russian acts isn’t the same governmental body that has created this crisis with Ukraine. They are different and have denied association with each other. They would be at each other’s throats if they had to.

Sabi
Sabi
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Why those Angry fans didn’t boo Israel & UK when they invaded countries and their neibourds? Here are clear double standars..

Alex
Alex
9 months ago

The shade from wiwi about the song for world peace stands true!!! They did in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 and what a coincidence, they sent innocent-looking girls. Let’s not forget that they chose Julia deliberately in 2017 even though they knew she would be disqualified because of Crimea. They took advantage of her for their own benefit. I hope they don’t choose to go for the same tactic (innocent-looking girl with peace-loving song) but if they do, then i don’t care, they should be booed. This is not the time to be apolitical plus it would be very hypocritical of… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Alex
willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago
Reply to  Alex

People also keep ignoring 2021. A sham selection that resulted in a feminist song being voted on International Women’s Day. It was basically ‘Look over here, not over there’. But people gobbled it up because of lovely Manizha, never realizing they were successfully distracted.

Azaad
Azaad
9 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

To be fair, Russia’s imperialist ambitions in 2021 weren’t that apparent, and it was the other broadcaster who was responsible for Rotterdam, hence why it’s not exactly analogous.

Alex
Alex
9 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

and Kirkorov was not involveddd

Alex
Alex
9 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

In 2021 they ran out of choices after Little Big rejected Eurovision so they got 3-4 songs and only Manizha stood out.

Manizha does not represent Putin’s Russia but a free Russia. She gave us the best entry from Russia in years, an authentic song and original staging and not a recycled Kontopoulos tune.

Darren
Darren
9 months ago

They shouldn’t participate this year, but I very much doubt Russia will withdraw.

taking part in Eurovision this year, will be a complete show of strength to the world and a massive attempt at patronising Ukraine and the west.

We’ll definitely be treated to a peace song.

Shame, after last years great empowering entry, I really thought things where going to change for Russia, in the right direction.

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

Would if I could, but seeing as I’m not actually Russian, I doubt I’d be accepted. And my political outlook would probably deem me unsavoury too.
But nice to see I made an effect on your good self though 😉

Darren
Darren
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

I think we can all do better than whatever that was that Yulia was forced to sing in 2018.

So maybeeee 😀

Ana
Ana
9 months ago
Reply to  Darren

That’s the thing with them, they use Eurovision in a very cynical way. They send a peace song while invading countries, they send a feminist song when there are very few more chauvinist and intolerant places on earth. I’m sick of those fake as* cun*s. I don’t wanna see them anywhere, let alone in a giant gay party like ESC. They don’t deserve to be part of anything. They can have a party with Iran and N. Korea if they want.

Ana
Ana
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

There is no such thing as “televote results” in Russia, there are no elections. I don’t think anybody actually counted any votes of the public there since the 90s. Don’t be naive

Sim
Sim
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

and don´t forget with Turkey and Azerbaijian (should have already been banned as well)

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Ana

So you support the genocide of Ukrainians huh.

Adam
Adam
9 months ago

For me Russia should be banned for at least this year.

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago

I agree with the idea. But, I think it is important for Europe to show strength and unity, and issue a CLEAR condemnation to Russia (regardless of the act) to let it know that its aggression is NOT ACCEPTED, this is part of the punishment.

Teddie
Teddie
9 months ago

I just want us to withdraw at this point. It’s sheer madness what is happening right now. I’m tired of all this torrential hate towards our performers year in year out just because of a bunch of some corrupted lunatics at the top doing their atrocities.

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Teddie

Yeah, Russia needs new leadership all over. But what can you do when you have a president that continuously reelects himself and extends his terms? Wait for him to die?

nikki
nikki
9 months ago
Reply to  JSU12

Death won’t do much. Another maniac will take his place

Jonas
Jonas
9 months ago

Sergey made the booing go away, maybe they will need him again this year.

Illi
Illi
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

He appears every three years, so…

Alex
Alex
9 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

He has a smart team behind him so they knew WHEN to participate (avoided 2014, 2015)