According to the latest change in the betting odds, Russia has now fallen to 11th favourite in the second semi final which runs them the risk of not qualifying for the Grand Final.
Following her first rehearsal yesterday, Julia slipped from 9th favourite at the start of yesterday, meaning she would narrowly manage to go through to the final. However now she has dropped to 11th with the likes of Hungary and Latvia now ahead of her, her position in the Grand Final has become less secure.
In the event that Russia were to fail to qualify this year, this would mean that the country would lose its 100% success rate since the semi finals began in 2004. In the run up to next week’s semi finals, of the countries competing this year only Australia, Ukraine, Russia, Romania and Azerbaijan retain the achievement of never failing to qualify.
Russia are currently the 24th favourite to win the whole contest overall.
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: Eurovision World
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.