Julia Samoylova who represented Russia at Eurovision 2018 has come to the defence of this years representative Manizha.
The Russian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, Julia Samoylova has come to the defence of this year’s Russian entrant Manizha in a recent interview. Following a continued barage of criticism and questions from the Russian press and media about whether Manizha is truly Russian or suitable to represent her nation, Julia Samoylova has spoken up saying:
I think everyone is being bullied in our country, and even about the group Little Big, who were supposed to go last year, they wrote: “Who are they?”, “ What is this horror? ” There is a certain group of people who like to discuss others and are always dissatisfied with something, “
Julia went on to show her support for the singer saying that:
It doesn’t matter what place she takes. It is important to perform with dignity, she has everything for this
Who is Manizha?
Manizha Dalerovna Sangin was born on 8th July 1991 in Dushanbe, Tajikstan. The Russian-Tajik singer moved to Moscow, Russia, at three years old, and began her career in 2003 as a child singer, winning numerous competitions.
This year it was revealed that Russia would use a national final to select their 2021 Eurovision entry. Three acts competed, and the winner, Manizha, was determined by 100% televoting.
Source: RIA | Image Source: Channel One
Russia debuted in Eurovision 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 in 2008. Dima Bilan won the contest in Belgrade, Serbia with the song “Believe” taking the contest to Moscow in the following year.