Russia plans “Eurovision alternative revival” after 2022 withdrawal

Russia is planning to revive the “Intervision Song Contest” as an Eurovision alternative after their public broadcasters withdrew from the EBU.  In practice this means that if Russia would like to participate at the Eurovision Song Contest it would have to reapply to the EBU making a return in the near future less likely to happen.

According to the Director General of Channel One, the Russian broadcaster will organize the return of the music festival

“We propose that in the coming year we hold and hold every year an open music, or rather song, competition under the working title “Intervision”. This competition will not have any political restrictions or influences. This is a free platform on which all countries can present samples of their popular music.”

Intervision Song Contest

The Intervision Song Contest was organized during  the Cold War as an alternative to the Eurovision Song Contest.  The contest reunited countries that were part of the Soviet sphere of influence.  The Intervision Song Contest took place between 1965 to 1968 and 1977 to 1980.  In 2008 Russia attempted to revive the contest.  However, the Intervision Song Contest was once again discontinued after the 2008 edition.

During the Cold war countries within the Soviet Union’s sphere of influence such as Bulgaria, Finland or Poland participated at the Intervision Song Contest.  Moreover, the contest was open to countries outside Europe such as Cuba or Canada.

For the 2023 edition of Intervision, Russia is planning to invite BRIC nations and other countries wishing to participate.

Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest

Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994.  The country participated every year in the contest with the exception of 1998, 1999 and 2017.  In 2008 Dima Bilan won the contest with the song “Believe”.  In 2022 the EBU withdraw their invitation to Russia as a consequence of the ongoing war against Ukraine.  This prompt Russian broadcasters to suspend their membership from the EBU.

Source: TASS

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