Finally, the confirmation is there! Everybody saw this one coming, but Channel One has now confirmed their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Yulia Samoylova gets her chance at Eurovision and will fly to Lisbon!
From (almost) Kyiv to Lisbon
Yulia Samoylova was internally selected for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv. After it had become clear that she had travelled to Crimea earlier, host country Ukraine decided she would be refused entry to Ukraine.
That set an entire story on fire, where Russia and Ukraine faced each other before the Eurovision Song Contest even took place in Kyiv. Despite multiple solutions being offered by EBU, Russia eventually decided to withdraw from the contest.
Russia’s broadcasters then soon told the press that Yulia Samoylova was going to get her chance no matter what. They remained silent for a while in the 2018 season. That is, until today, when Channel One did indeed confirm Yulia Samoylova as their entrant for Lisbon.
Working on songs?
A couple of weeks ago, rumours already arose that Yulia Samoylova was working on new songs for the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. One song would have fairy tales as the theme, the other would be about being in space…
Yulia Samoylova herself confirmed her entry for Russia a couple of days ago on Twitter. She stated she was happy to have been selected. She also said she had chosen her song for the contest.
It has not yet been confirmed when Channel One will release the Russian entry for Eurovision 2018. Traditionally, Russia are quite late with their entries.
Russia will take part in the first half of the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. Yulia Samoylova will be hoping to maintain the 100% qualification record her country has.
What kind of song are you hoping to see from Yulia? Let us know!