RUSSIA – Today’s rehearsals begin with Russia and no changes from the first run as Julia remains in the mountain singing with her backing vocals. Lots of colours on stage. Well this one has serious problems: first of all the vocals are not great and not convincing. The entire staging with the mountain is not appealing but we all know why it is happening. Julia, the banned singer of the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest had to come this year in Eurovision because of the Russian ego as The Kremlin openly promised it last year. But for me it’s just a waste of money as the song of Julia this year is indifferent. The previous one (for 2017 Eurovision edition) was much much better
ESCKAZ.COM: On a positive note, in the studio version I think the latest part with all the repetitions of “’cause even in the darkness, even in the darkest night..” does sound better live than in studio.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: The vocals still need a little work, but it’s better than some of the previous attempts that we’ve heard.
ESCXTRA.COM: Julia’s vocals continue to improve but still struggle in the first two choruses. The live backing vocalists do well to create a wall of sound but are unable to cover up the issues during the choruses.
EUROVOIX.COM: No changes of any of the runs so far. This is borderline qualifier at best.
RUSSIA – It is reported through her social media that Julia Samoylova has reached the final agreement with the Russian national broadcaster to represent the country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. There will be a totally new song composed for Lisbon despite her original statement that there are two songs already available. Today Julia posted a photo of her meeting with the stage director, Alexey Gobulev.
Вот и началась подготовка в Евровидению! Наконец-то!🎤 Встретились нашей командой с режиссером-постановщиком Алексеем Голубевым, обсудили будущий номер. Песню уже выбрали, так что работаем 🎼🎵🎶🎶 #Eurovision2018 #Allaboard #евровидение2018 #всенаборт #алексейголубев #magfilm #work #newsong #show #работа #шоу #песня
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Yuliya Olegovna Samoylova, sometimes credited as Yulia Samoilova or Julia Samoylova, is a Russian singer and composer. In 2017, she was banned from entering Ukraine for three years for violating Ukrainian law by entering Crimea in 2015, a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014. This prevented her from taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
Samoylova was selected on 12 March 2017 to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 held in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, with the song “Flame Is Burning”. On 13 March 2017 the Security Service of Ukraine announced that they might ban her from entering Ukraine due to her 2015 visit to Crimea – a region that was annexed by Russia in 2014.
According to Ukrainian law entering Crimea via Russia is illegal. Samoylova has stated that she did perform in Crimea in 2015. On 22 March 2017 the Security Service of Ukraine banned Samoylova from entering Ukraine for three years for her violation of Ukrainian legislation
State broadcaster Russia-1 announced on 13 April 2017 their withdrawal from the contest, which meant Samoylova would not participate in Eurovision 2017. It had been previously announced that, if Samoylova was unable to take part in 2017, she would be selected to represent Russia in 2018. Samoilova instead performed in Sevastopol, Crimea, on the day of the Eurovision semi-final.
RUSSIA – The winner of the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Polina Bogusevich from Russia visited our studio earlier last week and commented on the most recent Russian entry that performed on the Eurovision stage: Sergey Lazarev and his song You Are The Only One.
GEORGIA – Russia just declared the winner of the 15th edition of Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Congratulations! Polina Bogusevich represented Russia at the 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi with the song Wings. Once again Junior Europredcition proven to predict the winner as Russia was the top favourite of the jury votes and also second in the overall and web users voting. This is the second time Russia wins Junior Eurovision. The first one was in 2006 with the Tlmachecy Sisters who alter on (in 2014) represented Russia in the senior Eurovision Song Contest edition. Later on we will analyse the show and voting patterns.
Bogusevich was born in Moscow on 4 July 2003. She is a student at the Academy of Popular Music. Bogusevich began her professional singing career in 2012, while taking part in an international arts festival in Macedonia, and later appeared on the television programs Okno v Parizh and Shkola muzyki.
Bogusevich began her singing career after being selected to compete in season one of Golos deti. After her blind audition, she joined Team Dima Bilan. She progressed to the battle rounds, where she was eliminated from the competition. Following Golos deti, Bogusevich took part in New Wave Junior 2014, as one of the two Russian representatives. She went on to place second in the competition.
In April 2017, Bogusevich was confirmed to be taking part in the Russian national selection for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song “Krylya”. She later went on to win the national selection, and was awarded the right to represent Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Tbilisi. The song was later given an English language title for Junior Eurovision, “Wings”. At the final on 26 November 2017, Bogusevich was declared the winner of the competition, becoming only the second Russian entrant to win and the first since the Tolmachevy Sisters won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006.
|🇦🇱 Albania||Ana Kodra||Don't Touch My Tree||67|
|🇦🇺 Australia||Isabella Clarke||Speak Up||172|
|🇧🇾 Belarus||Helena Meraai||I am the One||149|
|🇨🇾 Cyprus||Nicole Nicolaou||I Wanna Be a Star||45|
|🇬🇪 Georgia||Grigol Kipshidze||Voice of the Heart||185|
|🇮🇪 Ireland||Muireann McDonnell||Súile Glasa||54|
|🇮🇹 Italy||Maria Iside Fiore||Scelgo (My Choice)||86|
|🇲🇰 FYR Macedonia||Mina Blažev||Dancing Through Life||69|
|🇲🇹 Malta||Gianluca Cilia||Dawra Tond||107|
|🇳🇱 The Netherlands||Fource||Love Me||156|
|🇵🇱 Poland||Alicja Rega||Mój Dom||138|
|🇵🇹 Portugal||Mariana Venâncio||Youtuber||54|
|🇷🇺 Russia||Polina Bogusevich||Krylya||188|
|🇷🇸 Serbia||Irina Brodić & Jana Paunović||Ceo svet je naš||92|
|🇺🇦 Ukraine||Anastasiya Baginska||Ne zupyniay||147|
RUSSIA – Sochi hosted the 16th edition of the most prestigious music festival in Europe, The New Wave Festival which ended up with three winners last night. Uzbekistan, Moldova and Armenia won the festival for the first time.
Does this mean something for Eurovision 2018? Well the festival is known to be a breeder of Eurovision participants. After all all in 2002 Sergey Lazarev and in 2009 Jamala won the festival, later on participating and winning the contest. The same happened with Natalia Gordienko.
Moldova this year seems to have impressed everyone with the band DoReDos praised even but the Moldovan president.
In the meantime we have the issue of the Russian participation in Lisbon. Yulia Samoilova as promised after the crisis with Ukraine last April? or Sergey Lazarev as promised by Kirkorov when Lazarev lost the trophy although winning the tele voting in 2016.
Philip Kikrkorov though spoke out last night and when Philip speaks, it always means news! “It’s not over yet, We’re yet to take revenge. I promise you, I believe you will make it.”
How will this work and eventually which of the Russian national broadcasters will finally take place in Lisbon after the withdrawal in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
The festival also included once again another hint (maybe). Dimitris Kontopoulos (producer/songwriter Belarus 2007, Ukraine 2008, Greece 2009, Azerbaijan 2013, Russia 2014 & 2016, Greece 2017) participated again in the jury (not to mention he sang for the very first time in his life).
The winner(s) of the festival always decided by the juries although there is also an online voting for people’s choice award.
Kontopoulos’ participation surely is an acknowledgement of his contribution to the Russian success in Eurovision Song Contest the recent years but also his close ties with Kirkorov and Lazarev could mean planning ahead for Lisbon(?).
New Wave Festival included a tribute night to Philip Kirkorov. But is Kirkorov that important to Russia? Well actually not only in Russia but in all CIS countries Philip is the ultimate superstar and if I am not mistaken has been categorised as one of the top ten powerful and influential people in Russia. It’s no secret that he has close ties and contacts with the government. During the tribute night, the top of the tops of artists and his family performed his songs during an exquisite and sentimental evening, marking the highlight of the event this year.
Sergey of course wasn’t out of this. He performed his Eurovision entry in Russian and played the stage once again.
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RUSSIA – Thunder and lighting at Olympic Park in Sochi with Sergey Lazarev performing his 2016 Eurovision entry, You are the only one, slaying the stage with one more amazing performance. of course we all are waiting for him to keep his promise and return to Eurovision in 2018 and hold the trophy this time.
Despite winning the tele voting in a year when Russia was the must-to-hate country, Sergey Lazarev is enjoying great success with dozens of concerts given since then (and all of them sold out).
New Wave Festival, the most important music festival in Eastern Europe is of course the place to be and the organisers trust him as he is one of the jury members, who will eventually decide tomorrow’s stars (and why to Eurovision representatives in various countries).
Let’s not forget that back in 2002 along with his band SMASH, Sergey was the first ever winner of New Wave Festival.
In 2008, he was a candidate to represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song “Flyer”. He finished fourth in Russia’s national final, which was won by Dima Bilan. As his international fame rose, he performed to full-capacity crowds at The Opera House in Bournemouth, England on 23 March 2008 as a supporting act to British dance group Booty Luv.
Also in 2008, Lazarev won MTV’s Artist of the Year Award. Consequently, releasing the video of the Russian version of the song “Almost Sorry”, this one being the fifth and last single of the album. Songwriters of the Russian version were Chris Landon, Taryn Murphy and Lara D’elia.
On 10 December 2015, it was announced that Lazarev would represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Stockholm with a song by the Greek top author, Dimitris Kontopoulos. In the final, he reached third place with his song “You Are the Only One”, Lazarev won the televote with 361 points, and came fifth with the national jury scoring 130 points.
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We will not forget his vacation in Lisbon and the video clip making along with Dima Bilan. His visit in Lisbon sparkled the rumours for him coming back to Eurovision in 2018 although the Russian national rbaodcatser have to clarify among them which one of them will participate and what will happen with their promise to Yulia Samoilova after the international incident with her banning from the Ukraine 2017 Eurovision Song Contest edition.