Yesterday it became known that Julia Samoilova will represent Russia at Eurovision-2017. What we know about her, read right now.
Julia was born on April 7, 1989 in Ukhta. She began to sing since childhood. Samoilova once sang the touching song of Tatyana Bulanova (48) "Do not cry" at kid's party and got the biggest doll for it. And the second memorable performance was at a charity concert, where Julia performed Natasha Koroleva's Little Country (43).
Samoilova since childhood moves on a wheelchair: at age 13 she was diagnosed with "Spinal amyotrophy of Verding-Hoffmann" (a disease of the nervous system, characterized by the development of muscle weakness in virtually all the muscular structures of the body). So the girl's organism reacted to polio vaccine.
She won the singing competitions: "Silver Hoof" in Inta in 2002 and 2003, "On the wings of a dream" in Moscow in 2003, "Shlyager-2005", open interregional competition "Spring drops" in Murom in 2005. From 12 to 15 years Samoilova had a vocal lessons with a teacher and even sang in a restaurant.
In 2008, the girl founded the rock group TeeraNova, in which she sang for two years. After the band split, Julia moved to St. Petersburg and tried to enter the St. Petersburg State University, but she did not succeed and she returned to Ukhta.
In 2013, Julia came to the show "Factor A" (Russian version of the British project The X Factor) headed by Alla Pugacheva (67) as a chairman of the Jury. The prima donna warned there'd be no preferential treatment from her. Samoilova sang the song "Prayer" (with her, by the way, Serbia won Eurovision in 2007) and moved Pugacheva to tears. As a result, Julia received the award "The Golden Star of Alla" (special award of Alla Pugacheva), and took the second place at "Factor A".
Samoilova opened the Winter Paralympic Games of 2014 in Sochi, where she sang the song "Together".
Julia recorded the social song "Live" with Polina Gagarina (29), Timati (33), Mot (27), Grigory Leps (54) and other stars, and then starred along with them in a video that was shown during the fifth season of "The Voice" Show.
Julia will perform in the second semifinal of the Eurovision music contest with the song "Flame Is burning", which will be held on May 11 in Kiev.
"Julia is an original singer, a charming girl and an experienced contestant. A musical career requires tremendous emotional and physical tension, which few people can shoulder. I'm delighted with the successes that Julia is making on this path. I think that on May 11 millions of viewers around the world will share this feeling with us", - said Yury Aksyuta, director of the music channel of the First Channel.
True, the well-known blogger Ilya Varlamov said: theoretically, Julia can not be allowed to enter Ukraine: "Since 2016, Julia Samoilova is on the" Peacemaker "- the Ukrainian site, which publishes data on supporters of the self-proclaimed republics of Donbass and people who Visited the Crimea after it became part of the Russian Federation. Samoilova got into the database of "Peacemaker" after the concert in Kerch (Crimea) in 2015. Because of visiting the Crimea, the Ukrainian side can initiate a criminal case against Samoilova or prohibit her from entering Ukrainian territory, but adviser to the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Anton Gerashchenko stated, if she "did not publicly support the annexation of Crimea and aggression against Ukraine", there will be no problem.
We hope that everything will go well and Julia Samoilova will represent Russia at the contest.