Eurovision excluded Russia from this year’s song competition.

Organizers announced this Friday, citing concerns that Russia’s participation would damage the reputation of the world’s biggest music competition, a showcase intended to promote unification and cultural exchange of Europe.

The European Broadcasting Union, the coalition of mass media organizations that oversees the competition, said it had decided to block Russian performers after consulting with members, including TV stations from 56 countries, including Ukraine and Russia.

The decision reflects concern that, amid the unprecedented crisis in Ukraine, the inclusion of a Russian entry into this year’s competition would cause disarray in the competition. in a statement.

More than 200 million people watch the annual competition, where performers from 39 different countries sing and dance to a variety of songs. Maneskin, a tattooed four-man Italian rock band, won last year’s contest and Barbara Pravia French soloist, came in second after singing an aspirational song supported by piano and cello.

Russia, which finished ninth in last year’s competition, were initially awarded a spot in this year’s semi-final, scheduled for May in Turin, Italy. The contest organizers did not say how the removal of the Russian action would affect the structure of the contest.

The decision by the European Broadcasting Union to block Russians from participating in the competition follows the cancellation of two major European sporting events in Russia on Friday.

European football governing body voted to move the final of the Champions League, this year’s biggest football competition on the continent, from St.Petersburg to Paris. And the governing body of Formula 1, the international racing organization, has canceled the Russia Grand Prix, scheduled for September, citing “Impossible” case. Eurovision excluded Russia from this year’s song competition.

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