In 2017 she hoped to sing “Flame Is Burning” at Eurovision…only to be banned from entering Ukraine. Now Julia Samoylova is back for Eurovision 2018 with “I Won’t Break”. She wants you to know that she’s still a girl on fire.
Her electro ballad picks up where “Flame Is Burning” left off, building on themes of perseverance and hope, once again drawing on notions of light and dark. Last year she sang that “deep in the night there is a light and in the dark a flame is burning.” This year she intones that “even in the darkness, even in the darkness, I can see the light.” No matter how you look at it, Russia’s Eurovision 2018 singer is lit.
The transition from 2017 to 2018 isn’t just thematic. It also comes through in more modern and contemporary production. “Flame is Burning” dripped Soviet nostalgia — it harked back to another era. “I Won’t Break” maintains an identifiable regional flair, yet it reaches beyond that.
Even the styling in the music video suggests as much. Last year Julia sported a big coiffe and a generally “safe” look. This year producers have let her be herself. She presents herself as an edgy woman with a nose piercing and a vampish purple lip. Think it. See it. Slay it.
But which song do you prefer? You can watch each of the music videos below. Then vote in our poll.
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