Over the years, dozens of countries have withdrawn from Eurovision for a plethora of reasons — including finances, artistic differences, and poor results. On occasion, it may even be just because one broadcaster dislikes another.
Unfortunately, many withdrawals arise from more unpleasant sources, namely international political disputes.
While Eurovision may be branded as an apolitical event that espouses slogans such as “building bridges” and “celebrate diversity”, the event has long been a victim of frayed diplomatic relations.
The ongoing dispute between Russia and Ukraine may be unprecedented, but history shows that they’re most definitely not the first countries to drag the contest into murky waters.
Should Russia withdraw, it will join an ever growing list of countries that withdrew from Eurovision due to a breakdown in international relations.
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