Finalists react onstage after competing in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 9, 2017.
Finalists react onstage after competing in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev on May 9, 2017.

Eurovision pits some of the world's best musical talent against one another. But, this year it's taken on a particularly political edge.

For the first time in the competition's history, a country has been banned from taking part.

TRT World's Sara Firth reports.

Source: TRTWorld and agencies