Darya Antonyuk is still looking towards Eurovision, two years after she was reportedly short listed to represent Russia in Ukraine.
22 year old Darya Antonyuk has spoken about her Eurovision hopes just days after her success at the New Wave competition. The singer who rose to fame in Russia as the winner of season five of Golos, finished second at this years competition in Sochi, Russia. Speaking to Super.ru, she said;
I know that many would like to see me at Eurovision for Russia. I can only say one thing – if such an offer is made for me, of course, it will be an honor to represent my country
(I’d) try to bring (Russia) a second victory, but I do not consider it my goal. I’m much more interested in quality music, with which I want to try to bring our show business to the international level.
In the run up to the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine Darya was widely speculated to be the favourite to represent Russia at the contest. The singer was not selected, with the Russian broadcaster opting to select Julia Samoylova.
Russia finished 15th in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 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.
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.