Russia 2018 🇷🇺 Julia Samoylova to Lisbon
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
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.
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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
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.