In her music video for “I Won’t Break”, Julia Samoylova becomes one with nature — appearing to transform into a snow-capped mountain.
And it seems she may do something as magical and arresting when she finally hits the Eurovision stage for rehearsals in a little over a week.
On Saturday Julia appeared in a Live Chat staged by Russian social network VK. She was joined by Channel 1’s Yuri Aksyuta, Russia’s Head of Delegation for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Since the broadcast aired the Russian media have focused on one key point — that her dress will play an important role in her stage show.
“The main dress in which I’m going to perform will be very interesting,” she says. “It won’t be just an outfit, it will be a part of the scenery. ”
In terms of Russian stage shows, this takes us back to Polina Gagarina, whose highly regarded stage show saw her wearing a large white dress that allowed for light projection. Interestingly, Julia shares the same stage maestro as Polina — the acclaimed stage director Alexei Golubev. He’s the sought-after mind behind roughly 300 music videos for some of Russia’s biggest stars, including Dima Bilan, Alsou and Valeria.
Fans of this year’s edition will no doubt be thinking of Estonia’s Elina, who, in recent weeks, has been trying to come up with the 60,000 euros needed for her own projection dress staging.
She had a projection dress in the Estonian selection — and it was pretty magical. But for the larger Eurovision stage she needs more projectors, and that’s been complicating the Estonian budget.
In any case, if Julia’s dress “becomes part of the scenery”, might she become the mountain again as in her music video? Is it possible she’ll be on a platform that rises to the sky as her dress stretches outward, creating something towering and ominous that, with the help of lights, resembles a snowy peak? Dunno. But her tease has our minds racing…
When we asked her about the music video mountain on the Moscow Eurovision Party red carpet, she said she wasn’t sure of what the concept of the mountain meant.
“I don’t know either,” she laughed. “I just tried to be myself while recording, so I think that it was good.”
Julia’s backing vocalists
Much has been said of Julia’s first live performance of “I Won’t Break” earlier this month at the Moscow Eurovision Party.
But rather than getting held down by that, Julia is moving forward. The backing vocalists from Moscow are not the backing vocalists she will work with in Lisbon.
During the live chat she confirmed she’ll be singing with three new backing vocalists and performing alongside two young dancers.
Two of her backing vocalists — Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burshtein — actually co-wrote her song, so will no doubt have mastered the various harmonies needed to nail their creation.
Along with Leonid Gutkin, the pair of Israeli composers made up the team responsible for last year’s intended entry “Flame is Burning.”
Do you think that Julia Samoylova will become a mountain on the Eurovision stage as she did in her music video? Do you think Elina should be nervous if Julia brings a projection dress? Let us know in the comments box below!
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