She’s the singer at the center of this year’s biggest eurodrama. But with her dream of representing Russia at Eurovision at an end (at least for this year), Julia Samoylova has given her take on Ukraine’s travel ban and Channel One’s withdrawal.
“The support is unreal,” she told Channel One. “It’s not just Russia either — it’s from all over the world. In Japan, they draw me like an anime hero!”
That international support wasn’t enough to get her into Eurovision 2017, however. But, as a performer used to being told “no” throughout her career, Julia isn’t as subdued as you might think.
“It’s upsetting because it’s my dream, but I believe in hope. I believe I will go to Eurovision again. I want my example to inspire people, to inspire them to not surrender in any situation, live a full life and follow their dreams.”
Her message is simple: “Do not give up!”
Until the decision was announced yesterday, Julia was dedicated to the task of representing her country on the Eurovision stage and flying the flag for Moscow.
“I would have flown to Kyiv, even under threat of arrest.”
RUSSIA’S HEAD OF DELEGATION SPEAKS UP FOR JULIA SAMOYLOVA
Russian Head of Delegation Yuri Aksyuta has also spoken out on Russia’s withdrawal.
“We cannot participate on the terms that are offered to us. The EBU gave us two options: Film Julia in Moscow remotely and broadcast through satellite or change the participant. The first option is unacceptable because it is a complete violation of the rules and discrimination against the Russian participant. The second option is even worse than offering for Julia to sing remotely. This has been Julia’s dream her whole life.”
Aksyuta also suggested that Russia’s absence this year will be damaging to the contest.
“In my opinion the absence of a participant from Russia is very damaging to the reputation of the contest itself and in general for Russian viewers it is an additional reason to not have an interest in this contest.”
Whatever their opinions are, the fact is Russia are out of the Eurovision Song Contest and Ukraine will be keen to get attention back onto their preparations for the contest and the music itself.
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