Yulia Samoilova has confirmed on social media today that her entry for Eurovision 2018 has been selected. She has also begun preparations for her stage performance.
Yulia posted a picture on Twitter with the news. In the picture, Yulia is in a meeting with Alexey Golubev the stage director who was responsible for Russia’s 2nd place entry in Eurovision 2015, A Million Voices by Polina Gagarina.
The latest update follows earlier reports that Yulia had prepared two potential songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. Yulia worked with her husband Alexei Taran to write the songs which were proposed to Russian broadcaster Channel One.
Of these two songs one was said to be about space and the other about fairytales. It is not yet known which one has been selected.
As well as the stage performance, discussions have already about the outfit the singer will wear at Eurovision. Yulia wishes to move away from her image on the Russian version of X-Factor.
Last year, Yulia Samoilova was internally selected to represent Russia at Eurovision 2017 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.
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. On their last two appearances, Russia has finished in 2nd and 3rd place respectively in the final.