Russian broadcaster Channel One has released a new music video for Yulia Samoilova’s Flame is Burning.
The Christmas-themed video for the song, which was intended to be the Russian entry in Eurovision 2017, was released for the show Reveillón.
Last year, Yulia Samoilova was internally selected to represent Russia at Eurovision in Kyiv. However, she was later banned from entering Ukraine after it was discovered she had travelled to Crimea in 2015 in breach of Ukrainian law.
The EBU made a proposal that Yulia could perform her song remotely from Moscow, but this suggestion was rejected by Channel One. Russia was removed from competing in Eurovision 2017 on April 13th, after Channel One announced they wouldn’t broadcast the contest.
Following the 2017 controversy, Channel One and RTR stated that Yulia would participate in the 2018 contest for Russia, regardless of which country the contest was to be hosted in. However, there has not yet been final confirmation that Yulia will indeed represent Russia in Lisbon in May.
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Russia debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 and has gone on to be one of the most successful countries in the contest. Since the mid-00s Russia has had a string of strong results including their first and only victory to date in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow the following year. In the 2015 and 2016, Russia finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.