The Russian singer Yulia Samoylova has been chosen to represent Russia at 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon. Channel One in Russia has first confirmed that Yulia will have a second chance.
Yulia Samoylova was picked for Eurovision last year to represent her home country with the song “Flame is burning” but due to Ukraine-Russia conflict, she was banned from entering the country, as well to participate in the popular competition.
Yulia’s song for Eurovision 2018 will be released in the coming weeks.
Yulia Samoylova was born in 1989 in Ukhta, Russia. She has won several music competitions in Russia and above. In 2013 she rose to fame in the TV show “Factor Ain” (Russian version of X Factor), where she reached the second place. In 2014 she sang the song “Together” at the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Last official Russia’s representer was Sergey Lazarev who represented the nation in the ESC 2016 winnishing 3rd with 491 points in the Grand final, but coming first in the televote.
This year, Russia has been drawn to perform in the first half of the second semi-final, which will be held on Thursday 10th May.
Welcome back and good luck Yulia!