Julia Samoylova has explained that she understands and agrees with why she didn’t qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.
Speaking to Channel One, Julia Samoylova who represented Russia at this years contest has explained that she understands why she failed to reach the Grand Final. The singer was the first Russian participant to fail to reach a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, she explained that;
I see a lot of mistakes, and that’s why I did not go (to the final)
Julia went on to state that;
I think that everything is fair, I do not see anything political, and there were many strong vocalists who did not qualify to the finals
Russia finished 15th in the second semi-final scoring 65 points from the public and juries. The country finished 17th in the jury vote with 14 points and 11th with the public on 51 points.
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.
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.