Russia 2018 🇷🇺 Julia Samoylova to sing “I Won’t Break” in Lisbon
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 while 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. Following her ban from Ukraine, she will now represent Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with the song I Won’t Break.
Yuliya was born in Ukhta, Komi ASSR, Russian SFSR, USSR. As a child, Samoylova began losing function of her legs due to spinal muscular atrophy and has used a wheelchair since childhood. The singer says that the manifestation of the hereditary disease could follow after an unsuccessful poliomyelitis vaccination (Channel One and TASS also take this view), but specialists deny such a connection. Samoylova started her career performing for oil workers at a restaurant in her hometown of Ukhta. In 2008 she founded the band “TerraNova” which played heavy alternative music. TerraNova disintegrated in 2010. She studied psychology at the Modern Humanitarian Academy until 2010, when she left without having graduated.
In 2013, Samoylova was the runner-up of season three of Faktor A, the Russian version of The X Factor. The following year, she also took part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Paralympics.
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.
On January 29, 2018, it was confirmed that she will return to represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon. (source: wikipedia.org)