“I Won’t Break”, the Russian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, has been leaked on Russian social media site Vkontakte ahead of its official debut this evening.
The song reveal was due to 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. You can listen to the entry here.
“I Won’t Break” was written and composed by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nemrodi and Arie Burshtein. The trio were also behind “Flame is Burning”, the Russian entry for the 2017 contest.
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.
Yulia will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 10.
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.