Channel One is to delay their broadcast of the first semi-final of Eurovision 2018, due to Victory Day celebrations in Russia.
The Russian broadcaster Channel One is set to delay their broadcast of the first semi-final of Eurovision 2018. The semi-final will be broadcast on a 90 minute delay due to the channels coverage of Victory Day celebrations in the country, which fall on May 8th. Channel One will be broadcasting the remainder of the contest live.
To date the only other broadcaster to announce that they will be broadcasting one of this years shows on a time delay is RTBF in Belgium. The Walloon broadcaster has opted to delay the broadcast of the second semi-final, however viewers in Belgium will still be able to follow the contest live on een.
Russia is being represented by Julia Samoylova was born in Ukhta, a small industrial town in the Russian North, on October 7, 1989. A singer, composer and songwriter, she has won multiple music competitions both in Russia and abroad. She was the runner-up of the Russian version of The X Factor and took part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympics.
She was selected to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Flame is Burning”, but the country withdrew. This year, she will be performing “I Won’t Break” in Lisbon.
Source: Channel One
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.