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RUSSIA WITHDRAWN FROM EUROVISION 2017

INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST

Yuliya Olegovna Samoylova (Russian: Юлия Олеговна Самойлова, born 7 April 1989), 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 the country illegally.

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 bar 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 of their withdrawal from the contest, which means Samoylova won’t 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[

LYRICS

Day and night and all I do is dreaming
Pacing sick and staring at the ceiling
I wish I had the answers
I wish I had a courage to know

Everybody is talking about the reasons
All I wanna do is find the feeling
I wanna feel the power
I wanna go to places I don’t know

If there’s a light then we have to keep dreaming
If there’s a heart then we must keep believing inside
Ohhh…

After the night there’s a light
And in the darkest time a flame is burning
It shines so bright

Deep in the night love is alight
And in the dark a flame is burning
A flame is burning

All my life I’m searching for the meaning
Now I’ve learned to seeing is believing
I wish I knew where light is
I wish I had the courage to go

If there’s a light then we have to keep dreaming
If there’s a heart then we must keep believing inside

After the night there’s a light
And in the darkest time a flame is burning
It shines so bright

Deep in the night love is alight
And in the dark a flame is burning

An open window for love
And let the wind blow into the hearts
And we’re never apart and you’ll know

After the night there is a light
And in the darkest time a flame is burning
It shines so bright

Deep in the night love is alight
And in the dark a flame is burning
A flame is burning
A flame is burning

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