On Thursday the CEO of Swedish broadcaster SVT called on the European Broadcasting Union to change course and exclude Russia from Eurovision.

Now the Danish broadcaster DR and Norwegian broadcaster NRK have echoed the sentiment, with the former saying it’s “wrong” to allow Russia to participate.

The news comes as Russian military forces reached Ukraine’s capital Kyiv and amid reports Russia is not distinguishing between civilian and military targets in its all-out assault against Ukraine.

Gustav Lützhøft, the editor-in-chief of the broadcaster’s official Eurovision site, communicated DR’s position. “First of all, I would like to say that it is a serious and extremely unpleasant situation that is unfolding in Ukraine right now.”

“At DR, we find it wrong that Russia is to participate in Eurovision, as the situation is now. That is DR’s position. And we have communicated it to the EBU. We are in ongoing dialogue with them.”

Meanwhile in Norway, TV boss Thor Gjermund Eriksen said: “We do not see how Russia can participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.”

“NRK has given clear advice to the EBU that Russia can not participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest as a result of the invasion of Ukraine.”

“At the same time, this is a member organization that needs some time to cement a decision. We have full confidence that the EBU will reach the right decision.”

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babyboy
babyboy
9 months ago

i am wondering whether russians are proud of their PRESIDENT?

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
9 months ago
Reply to  babyboy

I can’t imagine this.

Izzy Lamb
9 months ago

Why haven’t the Big Five said anything??

Tony Brian
Tony Brian
9 months ago
Reply to  Izzy Lamb

I suppose the “Big Five” are busy guarding NATO borders, or is that comment directed towards making the “Big Five” evil?

RaRa
RaRa
9 months ago

I’m not sure if most people are aware of this, but Norway and Russia share a 198 km border, and as a Norwegian I don’t really feel safe, even if the shared border is tiny. It may be completely irrational, especially since we aren’t a part of the Eastern countries…but we often hear in the news that Russia is doing military training closer and closer to our doorstep in the Barets Sea and I don’t like it. They’ve shown now that they’re willing to attack their neighbour in one direction, so I’m sure they’re able to attack in another direction… Read more »

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago

If EBU does not alter its decision, the ESC has lost all implicit moral, social, and functional value to Europe and Australia, and the world. All countries should stand in solidarity and withdraw this year and agree to let Italy host again in the future when righteous minds prevail and the Russian government is toppled.

Benjamin K
9 months ago

“Eurovision is not about politic” … they used to say

Xxx
Xxx
9 months ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

Killing Europeans in the middle of Europe isn’t just politics.

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

This is more than politics this time. It’s a question of morality.

Last edited 9 months ago by Jamie
ESC Stan
ESC Stan
9 months ago
Reply to  Benjamin K

They’re also not about war.

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago

Please ban Russia !

finnished
finnished
9 months ago

Finnish broadcaster Yle confirmed that Finland will withdraw if Russia is allowed to participate!

Last edited 9 months ago by finnished
joonas
joonas
9 months ago
Reply to  finnished

all 3 baltics as well

Ffs
Ffs
9 months ago

And Russia will collapse after that … LOL

JVHJ
JVHJ
9 months ago

Hey, Western Europe, do you remember “Don’t Look Up”? You’re like a Brie Evantee (Cate Blanchett).

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago

Since EBU is so spineless, Italy should just ban Russian visas and they won’t be able to participate.

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

as if… italy won’t do anything factual to contrast russia. we’re the developed country with the best relationship with russia and i can’t see our government doing what’s ethically right, unfortunately. but i hope i’m wrong.

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago

Israel also had the best relationship with Russia. And yet they still condemned Russia’s actions yesterday. Not a single civilized country would close their eyes on this.

Last edited 9 months ago by Jamie
Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

“condemning” their actions doesn’t do anything, it’s just a formality. italy also condemned them. and yet our government is still refusing to sanction them in any way.

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago

Are you still gonna continue using that username even though she’s Putin’s supporter?

Poloser Garbagerina
9 months ago
Reply to  willchrisiam

you’re absolutely right. i saw her liking pro-putin posts earlier and hit the unfollow button quicker than a ray of light. i hope she has a conscience deep down.

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago

This is so good. So good!

willchrisiam
willchrisiam
9 months ago

I never knew we could change our usernames. I guess that’s because I never did the whole login thing lol
Great choice!

vetrina
vetrina
9 months ago

it’s time for the Big 5 to finally speak up too!

Noel
Noel
9 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

All the big five and other countries that stand by Russia should also be banned along with Russia

vakko100
vakko100
9 months ago

Yle (the broadcaster in Finland) just announced, that they‘re withdrawing in case Russia is allowed to participate this year. I think that other broadcasters should join this movement.

Mand
Mand
9 months ago

The Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS also issued a statement in which they aks the EBU to ban Russia from Eurovision this year

Kåre Eriksen
Kåre Eriksen
9 months ago

Honestly Slovenia should withdraw too then. A lot of people will confuse the Slovene flag with the Russian one and Slovenia will get booed heavily. Not to talk about the song…

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
9 months ago
Reply to  Kåre Eriksen

Lmao what?!

I hope you’re not serious…

JSU12
JSU12
9 months ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

Well, probably not wrong about that. I like the person who said that if ESC goes on, every country should bring the Ukrainian flag in place of their flag.

Kåre Eriksen
Kåre Eriksen
9 months ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

I’m afraid I am

Tzs
Tzs
9 months ago
Reply to  Kåre Eriksen

I guess u meant Slovakia – and they are not in the competition – and tension on border is escalating 🙁

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
9 months ago

Unpopular opinion but perhaps Eurovision shouldn’t be held this year at all. All resources should be directed to helping Ukraine. I doubt anyone have any mood to party when we are in the brink of World War 3.

Last edited 9 months ago by Fast Food Music Lover
JVHJ
JVHJ
9 months ago

Agree

Ffs
Ffs
9 months ago

Calm down, dear ..!

Polegend Godgarina
9 months ago

this fear-mongering is the last thing we need in this situation, get some help

Fatima
Fatima
9 months ago

Sadly the fear is already there. It doesn’t need any mongering.

Fatima
Fatima
9 months ago

I think you have a point, and I’m a lifelong fan of the contest. If it does take place, it’s already pretty clear already that Ukraine will win the televote by a huge margin.

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

That¨s like saying Italy won televote because people sympathized with them over corona..

Victor
Victor
9 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

I think it would happen just because of solidarity
Even when everything will be fine, we won’t be able to host the contest cause we will have to rebuilt everything

Chessguy99
9 months ago

A formal ban may not be necessary. UK had prohibited visas for Russian nationals as part of their sanction package. Italy seems hesitant to go for the major economic sanctions, but could institute a similar visa ban, thus making it impossible for a Russian delegation to even enter Italy.The visa ban has less impact on the Italian economy, so would be an easy choice for the Italian government.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago

I am usually not a very religious man, but today I pray that as many Ukrainians are safe, that the invasion stops, and that no other country gets affected by the power-hungry dictator. Today I pray for Europe. EBU should ban Russia from going to Eurovision in order to ensure it being peaceful. We can only hope there will be Eurovision with 40 participants, and that everything will go smoothly and safely. But above all, we can all stand together in support towards Ukraine and Ukrainians. Slava Ukrajini!!! As for me, I know it doesn’t matter at all on a… Read more »

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Younger, more wide-eyed me was a big fan of that song back in 2013. I thought that Dina had a lovely message to share. The context matters, and thus, I am now unable to like the song. Due to my objective liking of the composition (if the context was any different), I am also unable to fully hate it. But now, what it leaves in me is a bitter feeling of frustration and sadness. Same as with A Million Voices. I can only hear million of Ukrainians fleeing for their lives in confusion and dismay.

Nate
Nate
9 months ago

The Netherlands has issued an statement too in support of banning Russia

Safiya
Safiya
9 months ago

Poland, Sweden and Czech Republic were supposed to play a football match against Russia (and in some cases IN Russia) and they refused. UEFA Champions League final was moved from Russia to France. If they can do it, EBU can do it, too. Looking forward to seeing more countries putting out statements.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

The Dutch broadcaster also put out a statement saying they don’t want Russia in the EBU.

Jakub
Jakub
9 months ago

I think Wiwibloggs should make a statement as well. We cannot allow Russia to participate in Eurovision!
For sure, even if, sadly, they will be allowed to participate I’m afraid some countries like Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova will still give their points to Russia :/ I can’t imagine someone voting for such a country in this situation :/

Denis
Denis
9 months ago
Reply to  Jakub

What can Wiwibloggs possibly do? They are writers. Not politicians, artists or broadcasters. It’s not their place to make statements..

Tzs
Tzs
9 months ago

“Laying down my armour, laying down my guard” … Anja – Dennark 2017 – come on EBU – Russia and Azerbaijan need to be kicked off – sorry not sorry

Ana
Ana
9 months ago

Even FIFA and UEFA are currently taking action, the Champions League final was scheduled to take place in Russia and it’s almost certainly will not happen. Why the F** the EBU can’t take any steps? How can they just ignore this?

JVHJ
JVHJ
9 months ago

It is pure madness: “Russia’s Lavrov says Moscow wants Ukrainian people to be independent”. West Europe!!! Wake Up!!!! This is the rhetoric of Hitler and Stalin! Next: Georgia, Moldova, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Poland. Can’t you see it, Europe??

Jamie
Jamie
9 months ago
Reply to  JVHJ

If Putin attacks a NATO country he will be running with a missile up his a s s.

Hu Hu Hu hurricane
Hu Hu Hu hurricane
9 months ago

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Last edited 9 months ago by Hu Hu Hu hurricane
Olaaaf
Olaaaf
9 months ago

I hope the EBU will listen, because Russia (and Azerbaijan too, but that’s a separate discussion) has no business competing in a festival that celebrates peace and unity through music.

Maybe some countries/artists should threaten to pull out of the contest if Russia is still there?

Ana
Ana
9 months ago

Every broadcaster has to have this position. The world abandoned Ukraine, a free democratic country, to be swallowed by this corrupt disease that goes under the name Russia. Cancer would be a more proper name to that thing. And now the EBU struggles to even do a bare minimum. It’s outrageous.

Shuma
Shuma
9 months ago

Denmark, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine.
1/8th of participating countries have now called for Russia to be banned.

Let’s keep the chorus of condemnation growing louder and louder to make sure the EBU hear us.

Come on BBC you’re up next I hope!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
9 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

The BBC is a impartial and apolitical organisation like the EBU, this is because of how they are funded and by who governs the BBC, whom is appointed by His/Her Majesty and as the Royal Family cannot make any political declarations given the way they operate themselves and seeing that the BBC has a very close working relationship with the Royals it would be extremely inappropriate and would violate both the Royal constitution of political impartiality and the BBC charter for the same reasons, so the are extremely unlikely to make a statement themselves about it but other broadcasters like… Read more »

Last edited 9 months ago by Liam Lindsay
SW1604
SW1604
9 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

The Netherlands have now called for a Russian ban as well!!

Biscotto7
Biscotto7
9 months ago

Yes! We need more broadcasters to do this. Thanks Denmark <3

And now Norway! We need the BBC and other big 4 to take some responsibility.

Last edited 9 months ago by Biscotto7