Yulia Samoilova has had a tumultuous relationship with Eurovision having been chosen to represent the nation in 2017 and having to subsequently withdraw from the Contest due to growing tensions with host nation Ukraine. Russian broadcaster chose the singer again in 2018 to give her a second chance and finally today we get to hear her song for the first time. Listen to ‘I Won’t Break’ below:
Russia finally confirmed their plans for Eurovision 2018. They will send the singer Yulia Samoilova to Lisbon.
The curse of 43 at Eurovision strikes again. In recent times when there has been a field of 43 entrants, someone has fallen victim to a withdrawal, disqualification or a ban. In 2009 Georgia’s ‘We Don’t Wanna Put In’ was forced to withdraw for political content, Armenia announced they would not compete in 2012 due to ongoing disputes over the Nagorno-Karabakh region with host nation Azerbaijan, Romania’s Anton Ovidiu was forced to withdraw last year due to unpaid licencing fees by the national broadcaster and now Russia have been forced to withdraw from the Contest following the ban of their artist Yulia Samoilova, as a result of her performing in the disputed region of the Crimea.
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Yulia Samoilova was chosen by Russia to represent them at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. We get to know the singer a bit better in our feature 10 Things About…Yulia Samoilova!
Russia are coming late to the Eurovision party this year. They are the penultimate country to announce their Eurovision act for 2017 when this evening they choose X-Factor contestant Yulia Samoilova for Kiev. The singer will perform ‘Flame is Burning’, check out her video below.