Ukraine Bans Russian Performer From Eurovision Song Contest
Nobody’s in harmony on this one. Each year, Europe’s kitschy song competition is held in the previous winner’s home country. In 2017, that’s Ukraine — but Kiev’s sparked an international incident long before anyone sings a note. They’ve banned Russia’s contestant, wheelchair-bound singer Yulia Samoilova, from the country over an illegal performance in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2015. Russia’s demanding that the avowedly neutral contest condemn the exclusion, threatening to boycott all future events, while Eurovision says it hopes to negotiate with Ukrainian authorities to reinstate Samoilova by May.