The next artist featured in our “Who Is” series for the Eurovision 2018 season is Yulia Samoylova from Russia.
At the end of January, it was announced that Yulia Samoylova would represent Russia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Let’s get to know a bit more about her.
Yulia Samoylova was born on 7th April 1989 in Ukhta, Russia. The singer started her career when she would perform for oil workers at a restaurant in her hometown. From 2008 to 2010 she performed as part of TerraNova, a heavy alternative band, and then went on to take part in Faktor A, the Russian version of The X Factor. In 2014 she performed as an opening act at the Winter Paralympics in Sochi.
Russia had originally chosen Yulia to represent the country at the 2017 contest, but they withdrew a month before the contest took place in Kyiv. The Russian broadcaster had instead promised that Yulia would have a chance in 2018, and they stuck to their word. Channel One had internally selected Yulia to represent them at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Listen to her 2017 entry “Flame Is Burning” below.
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.