Yulia Samoylova has revealed that her song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be revealed tomorrow evening from 19:00 CET.
The Russian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be revealed tomorrow evening as part of the evening news. The reveal will take place as part of Voskresnoye vremya from 19:00 CET. This follows the Russian entry for 2017 also being revealed as part of the evening news.
In an interview with Rus Radio Yulia revealed that she has been working hard on her English pronunciation. She stated;
Of course, you can just memorize the words of the song. But if you know the language well, then the performance will be more natural, and I myself will feel much more confident
Yulia added that the decision on what song she would sing in Lisbon was challenging. It took a lot of thought and time before she made a decision on which of the proposed songs she would perform on stage in Portugal.
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.
Source: Rus Radio
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.