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 This year politics gripped Eurovision in more brazen fashion than ever, - Guardian

It is the first time the host state has banned another state’s entrant, and many within Eurovision accused Ukraine of politicising the contest.

The spat between Ukraine and Russia is simply the latest in a longstanding tradition of political posturing around the contest, Censor.NET reports citing The Guardian.

Ben Royston, who formerly ran the largest Eurovision news website and has sat on several juries to select Eurovision entry songs, said: "Politics has always been synonymous with Eurovision," and this latest posturing was simply part of a long tradition.

Read more: Russia refuses broadcasting Eurovision-2017: "Replacing Samoylova with another singer out of question"

Royston pointed out that many countries see Eurovision both as a platform to promote their national identity and culture and as a way to prove themselves as a modern political state.

''Over the six decades of the competition there have been peace, war and the fall of the Berlin Wall - but this year politics has gripped Eurovision in a more brazen fashion than ever,'' The Guardian states.

Read more: EBU may exclude Russia from Eurovision in 2018

A high-profile tussle between the host nation, Ukraine, and Russia reached fever pitch on Friday when the Russian broadcaster Channel One announced it would not broadcast the contest next month. The move was in retaliation for the host's decision to ban Russia's contestant, Julia Samoilova, after it emerged she had visited Crimea, annexed from Ukraine by Russia in 2014, and performed there.
 
 
 
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