She was the artist that was embroiled in last years Eurovision political drama, but this year she won't be stopped and is back. The Russian entry "I won't break" sung by Julia Samoylova was officially released by Russia's Channel 1 yesterday, Check out the official video which was posted on the official Eurovision channel yesterday evening.
It's doing well with the views having gained nearly 300,000 in such a short space of time. She was stopped from performing in Kyiv last year, and this year is determined not to be broken. Julia is very excited to be back and stated that, "this is a song about me. It's as if the authors did their very best to set my own thoughts and feelings to music. It's not so much a tender ballad as a song about strength."
Yuri Aksyuta, Head of the Russian delegation at the Eurovision Song Contest and Head of Music Programming at Channel One Russia, said: "We have a great performer, a great song and a beautiful show full of meaning. As always, we expect a lot from the contest that is very popular in our country. Russia is back!"
The team behind this new song are no strangers to Julia and the world of Eurovision. The song was written by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burshtein who were the team that that produced "Flame Is Burning" for Samoylova the year. They have also written for Dina Garipova and Polina Gagarina. Of the song Leonid said, "This is a very personal song. This is a song about Julia's strength that inspires so many people. The song mentions a castle built of sand that looks very fragile but in fact is rock-solid."
The official video to the song was shot by Alexey Golubev who had directed the official music video and stage show of Polina Gagarina during the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.
Since the country re-joined the competition back in 2000 they have been very successful. They have won the competition back in 2008, and have had countless top ten hits as a result. Apart from last year when the country withdrew Russia had and still has a 100% qualification record to the Grand Final. Can Russia continue with this success this year? Please tell us your thoughts in the comments below.
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