Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
This will be Russia worst result since 2011, which was AWFUL!
Even Russia’s song was leaked in the end, but there was no surprise over the type of song Yulia Samoylova has released.
Yulia will perform I Won’t Break in the first half of semi-final 2.
I know we tend to describe Russian Eurovision entries as robotic, but that level of autotune raises it to new levels.
When Yulia was first confirmed Russia’s price drifted rapidly, before contracting again before the song release. The release of I Won’t Break saw Russia’s price drift to the highest pre-Contest level in recent memory. It really is astounding to see Russia at over 100/1 before rehearsals and it genuinely asks questions about their place in the final. There is plenty diaspora to call on, as well as a good number of friendly juries. Moreover, the standard in semi 2 is rather low.
The crux will be how Yulia performs the song live, bearing in mind how poor she sounded in this recent video. If Russia are really interested in making the final, they will have her microphone turned down to Jedward levels and hire a tuneful backing singer to cover up her vocal deficiencies. This will be Russia worst result since 2011, which was AWFUL! Alexey Vorobyov was only 10-points clear of not qualifying with his updated interpretation of Rick Astley. He was ultimately saved by friendly juries, but as in 2011, it will be mighty close in Lisbon.
- Has friends to call on for support
- Weak vocals
- Dated, generic ballad
- Won’t earn support outside of sphere of influence
- Staging will be flat
Will this be Russia’s lowest finish since 2011?