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Russia's spurned singer tapped as Eurovision 2018 contestant

Associated Press logo Associated Press 4/14/2017
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Russian singer Yulia Samoylova who was chosen to represent Russia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, poses while sitting in a wheelchair at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. Russia's Channel One says it will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Russia after Ukraine, which hosts the contest this year, has barred the Russian entrant from traveling to the country. (AP Photo/Maria Antipina, FILE) © The Associated Press FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, March 14, 2017, Russian singer Yulia Samoylova who was chosen to represent Russia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, poses while sitting in a wheelchair at Sheremetyevo airport outside Moscow, Russia. Russia's Channel One says it will not broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in Russia after Ukraine, which hosts the contest this year, has barred the Russian entrant from traveling to the country. (AP Photo/Maria Antipina, FILE)

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia says the singer who has been refused entry into Ukraine for this year's Eurovision Song contest will be the country's entry for 2018.

Yuliya Samoylova, whom Russia chose to sing in May's competition in Kiev, was blocked by Ukraine because she had toured in Crimea following Russia's 2014 annexation of the region. Ukraine said she violated the law by not entering via the peninsula's border with the mainland.

In response, Russia's state-owned Channel 1 television said it will not broadcast this year's edition of the enormously popular event, which runs from May 9-13.

Channel 1 director Konstantin Ernst said Friday an agreement has been reached with the European Broadcasting Union for Samoylova to be Russia's entry next year.

The 2018 venue will be determined by the nationality of this year's winner.

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