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Russia: Yulia Samoylova – I Won’t Break

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…
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This will be Russia worst result since 2011, which was AWFUL!

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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?

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7 comments

  1. It’s better than Yulia’s entry last year. However, the term ‘generic’ could have been coined for this song. I’ve now heard it four or five times and that’s enough. If we add to this Yulia’s poor command of English and diction issues (not her fault) it’s hard to see the live performance improving on the video. There should be enough votes from ex-Soviet countries to see this safely through, but even with this formidable diaspora support I’m not seeing ‘I Won’t Break’ finishing left hand side.

  2. The bare bones minimalistic effort might suggest it is not intended for a truly competitive run. There is possibly another master plan and intent behind. No Moscow party this year, the singer was approached by the broadcaster last minute, limited PR involved. This could be a cannonball for another battle, we will soon find out which. Meantime I would risk to bet on withdrawal

  3. I think there might be a narrative to take into account, and Yulia isn’t averse to some Nina Kraljic levels of eye popping fashion either. Can’t see this missing out on the final.

  4. “Staging will be flat”

    Where does this information come from? I read that she rehearses with the dancers who will be the vocalists.

    In general, Russia will be in the top 10. So many people love Russia and will vote for it.

  5. About her voice … sometimes she sings just awful. But sometimes it’s good, as for example here https://youtu.be/k_1sNfN5nj8?t=3m3s

    So this song just suits her singing better than the previous one. Her voice should be revealed at the moment “I Will not Break”.

    But this song is very flat. The previous one was just better and her lyrics suited her situation.
    “Day and night and all I do is dreaming
    I wish I had the answers
    I wish I had the courage to know
    I wanna go to places I don’t know”

  6. This is amazing

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