Review: Yulia Samoilova- ‘I Won’t Break’ (Russia)

Artist: Yulia Samoilova

Song: I Won’t Break

Country: Russia

Rating: ★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Ranking: 34th

Betting Odds: 81/1

Russia have given Yulia Samoilova a second bite at Eurovision cherry, as their withdrawal from the Contest last year meant that she wasn’t able to travel to Ukraine to compete with her song ‘Flame is Burning’. Her 2018 song ‘I Won’t Break’ is very much in a similar vein to ‘Flame is Burning’. Yulia gives us another ballad but his time she has slightly upped the tempo, with a little bit of oomph on the chorus.

The chorus is where the song is at its strongest, however it appears that this is the part of the song she may struggle with most. In the promotional events over the past few weeks, Yulia’s vocals have been far from on point and ironically when she belts out the lyrics ‘I Won’t Break’, her voice lets her down and does exactly that: breaks. Many fans of the Contest were quick to take to social media to point out just how bad they are. Not only this but her vocals have sent gif-lovers into overdrive with many of them inserting her shaky vocals into a number of comedic scenarios.

Yulia however laughs in the face of adversity and notes how the song is a testament to the hardship she has had to overcome in her life and the strength that she has gained from this. Yulia is a strong role model and her very presence at Eurovision increases the visibility of performers with disabilities, something that Eurovision hasn’t been great at showcasing in the past. When you think back over recent years the only other examples of performers with disabilities that come to mind are Poland’s Monika Kuszyńska and the Finnish band PKN both competing in 2015.

Although Yulia’s song has potential to become a bit of an ear worm, the poor live vocals put her in jeopardy of being the first Russian entry not to make it to the final since the semi finals were introduced in 2004 and I think this could very well be the case.

For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…Yulia Samoilova!

The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!

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