After missing Kyiv last year, Russia is taking things higher in Lisbon. During both her first and second rehearsals, Julia Samoylova became one with the scenery, perched atop a mountain.
As she looks out across the arena, her massive projection dress hides her wheelchair. Following her first rehearsal, the “I Won’t Break” songstress caught up with our William. Speaking through a translator, she told us about her first experience on the Altice Arena stage, her staging and her desire for viewers not to pity her.
On her mountainous dress, Julia explains the practical benefits:”I’m too small as a person in terms of height. I feel comfortable on the mountain, otherwise I would have felt lost on that huge stage”.
“There is no way that I feel ashamed that I’m in a wheelchair, but idea behind it is to not show it on stage (hence the dress). We want to avoid that people think I want to pull the sympathy card, because I’m in a wheelchair”.
The idea behind the staging as a whole is unity: “the unity between people and nature and about live: things will always find their way”.
“I’m really positive since getting here. I’m just really happy to be at Eurovision finally”!
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