The road to Eurovision has been a long one for Russian entrant Julia Samoylova, but just like the title of her song, she won’t break on her path to the largest musical stage in the world. Wiwibloggs’ William Lee Adams caught up Julia at the Moscow Eurovision Pre Party this weekend to discuss her involvement in the contest this year.
Although it seemed like Julia was working on other songs for Eurovision 2018, it was later decided that it would be “I Won’t Break” for the X Factor Russia runner-up. Julia told us that on hearing the song for the first time, it was “Love from the first time, and I added it to my playlist, and I even saw the translation to understand it better”.
It was last year that Julia was disqualified from entering the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, due to Ukrainian national laws banning her entry into the country. But although it was an upsetting letdown, Julia was not ready to give up easily.
Julia kept up her positive energy over the last year and told us, “I think that a lot of events helped me, because I had a lot of concerts and I recorded some new songs, so everything of it helped me to deal with it. And also the channel told me that I would represent next year, so it was fine.”
Julia is working with Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burshtein who were behind last year’s song “Flame is Burning”, but she told us which song she preferred the most: “Well, I think I prefer “I Won’t Break” because it shows fully my strong character, and I really feel myself with this song.”
Alexei Golubev — the man behind Polina Gagarina’s staging for “A Million Voices” will be responsible for this year’s staging of “I Won’t Break”, and he’s promised a “grandiose” show. But on the imagery of the music video and the mountain Julia revealed that, “It was the idea of the video maker and I just tried to be myself, and I think it was good.”
Finally, none of this would be possible without her loving husband and manager Alexei Taran. Julia describes him as, “my everything. He makes almost everything, he makes timetables for me, he writes songs, he’s a director. So everything we do, we do together.” And as for the future beyond the Eurovision Song Contest, Julia said her and her husband are, “making a team that is bigger and bigger and hope to make a production centre.”
Catch her live performance of “I Won’t Break” from the Moscow Eurovision Pre Party here:
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