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Ukraine: Russians rally behind Bulgaria's Moscow-born Eurovision contestant01:17

Ukraine: Russians rally behind Bulgaria's Moscow-born Eurovision contestant

Ukraine, Kiev
May 10, 2017 at 23:56 GMT -00:00 · Published

After Russia’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 (ESC) representative Yuliya Samoylova was banned from performing in Kiev at this year’s event, Russians have found a new talent to cheer for – Bulgaria’s Moscow-born Kristian Kostov who held his final dress rehearsal in Kiev on Wednesday.

Kostov, who was born in the Russian capital to a Bulgarian father and Kazakh mother, is due to perform on the second ESC semi-final on Thursday.

Russia's own representative Samoylova was banned from entering Ukraine, with Kiev citing her unauthorized performance in Crimea in 2015 as the reason behind the ban.

Eurovision 2017 will be held in Kiev between May 9th and May 13th. Ukraine won the right to host the song contest after its singer Jamala won the competition in 2016

Ukraine: Russians rally behind Bulgaria's Moscow-born Eurovision contestant01:17
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After Russia’s Eurovision Song Contest 2017 (ESC) representative Yuliya Samoylova was banned from performing in Kiev at this year’s event, Russians have found a new talent to cheer for – Bulgaria’s Moscow-born Kristian Kostov who held his final dress rehearsal in Kiev on Wednesday.

Kostov, who was born in the Russian capital to a Bulgarian father and Kazakh mother, is due to perform on the second ESC semi-final on Thursday.

Russia's own representative Samoylova was banned from entering Ukraine, with Kiev citing her unauthorized performance in Crimea in 2015 as the reason behind the ban.

Eurovision 2017 will be held in Kiev between May 9th and May 13th. Ukraine won the right to host the song contest after its singer Jamala won the competition in 2016

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