More and more European broadcasters are condemning Russia’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. They’re asking the European Broadcasting Union to exclude it from the next edition in Turin.
Now Estonia’s broadcaster ERR has announced it will consider withdrawing from Eurovision 2022 if Russia takes part in this year’s contest.
As ERR explains on its web site, Estonia will decide on its participation “depending on whether or not Russia participates in the competition.”
Erik Roose, Chairman of the Board of ERR, has reached out to colleagues from the EBU about the matter. He told ERR:
“Obviously, it is inconceivable that Estonia will participate in Eurovision in a situation where Russia participates there, but in this case Ukraine will not. Our colleagues from other Baltic countries apparently share this view. We will continue to communicate with the EBU as the organizer of the song contest.”
Estonian representative Stefan has not yet commented on the matter.
Iceland asks the EBU to suspend Russia
Since yesterday, nine countries have asked the EBU to suspend the Russian broadcasters or to exclude Russia from Eurovision 2022. Iceland is among the latest.
“We have been in contact with our Nordic colleagues who share our concerns about the situation in Ukraine. It is the opinion of all of us that it will not work for Russia to participate in Eurovision in these circumstances,” says Stefán Eiríksson, RÚV’s radio director.
He wouldn’t be pressed on whether Iceland would withdraw if Russia is allowed to take part, saying now is not the time to discuss that. “I have full faith that the EBU will take this seriously and responsibly.”
So far, nine of the 41 participant countries at Eurovision 2022 have asked the EBU to exclude Russia: