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Wheelchair-bound singer Yulia Samoilova will represent Russia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with the song “I Won’t Break”. she will be only the second performer in contest history to take to the stage in a wheelchair, following Poland’s Monika Kuczynska in 2015.

"This is a song about myself. The authors have managed to put to music my own thoughts and feelings," she said, presenting her new song. "It is not a tender ballade, it is a song of character."

Russia skipped last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev as the Ukrainian Security Council (SBU) had issued a three-year travel ban on Russia’s contestant Yulia Samoilova, citing her performance in Crimea on June 27, 2015 as a reason. Following the ban, Russia’s Channel One cancelled the broadcast of the contest and nominated Samoilova to represent Russia at the 2018 contest in Lisbon, which won the right to host the 2018 Eurovision after Salvador Sobral of Portugal had won the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev.

Eurovision semifinals will be held in the Portuguese capital on May 8 and 10. Russia will take part in the second semifinal on May 10. The grand final will take place on May 12. The show will be hosted by Lisbon’s Parque das Nacoes.

Yulia, who will turn 29 on April 7, has been using a wheelchair since childhood. In 2013, she won second place in the Factor A television project. She took part in the opening ceremony of the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Russia’s Sochi with the song “Together”.

“I Won’t Break” sounds nothing alike Julia’s “Flame Is Burning”. As the singer herself claims “it’s not so much a tender ballad as the song is about strenght”. Yuri Aksyuta, Head of the Russian delegation, is quite happy with the song and admits she has high ambitions for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest: “We expect a lot from the contest that is very popular in our country. Russia is back!”

The song was again written by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burshtein who also did the lyrics for “Flame Is Burning”. As for the video, Alexey Golubev directed it. He was also in charge of Polina Gagarina’s “A Million Voices” music video and performance at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

According to Samoilova her latest song is very personal, and addresses her own willpower and faith."It's a very personal song, it's about the strength of Yulia's spirit, which has inspired so many. The song has the image of a sand castle that seems fragile only at first glance, but in fact is strong as a rock," the artist's press service noted.

The music video accompanies the song brilliantly, and Julia Samoylova looks a total vision throughout. She completely nails this song in the visual and it certainly excites us to see what she brings come May.

Russia, one of the few countries to have always participated in the final since its debut, is looking for years for the second victory, after the first and only in 2008 obtained by Dima Bilan with "Believe".

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Russia's latest victory in Eurovision Song Contest was 2008, with Dima Bilan and the song Believe.

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