Today it has been confirmed that Yulia Samoilova, the proposed representative of Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, will indeed represent the country as planned in this year’s upcoming contest.
1TV(RU) confirmed Yulia’s participation, saying “As Channel One announced last year, Yulia would become the Russian Eurovision Song Contest entrant in 2018 if she is unable in 2017. We confirm that this plan will go ahead. Yulia has already started preparations for the contest.”
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 the two songs one was said to be about space and the other about fairytales. It is not yet known which one, if either, 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 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.
Initially, the European Broadcasting Union suggested Yulia should be able to participate by video link from Moscow, an idea which was rejected by Channel One. The Executive Supervisor of the EBU, Jon Ola Sand, later proposed that the ban be enforced only after the conclusion of Eurovision 2017. Russia was ultimately removed from the contest on 13th April 2017 after it was announced that Channel One would not broadcast the contest.
UA:PBC, the Ukrainian broadcaster responsible for Eurovision 2017 was subject to a substantial fine by the EBU as a result of the 2017 Russian controversy.