RUSSIA – Following her appearance at the Miss CIS 2017 in Yerevan, Armenia, the banned participant of Russia in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Yulia Samoilova said that she is getting prepared to represent her country in the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, as Channel One promised when the crisis between Russia and Ukraine escalated.
This statement comes few days after Philip Kirkorov’s statement that the country is gearing up preparation for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest seeking their representative.
Th contradiction between the two statements is based on the anticipated EBU ruling over the sanctions to Russia, which failed to attend several HoD meetings this year. If Channel One banned from the EBU from the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest then RTR will resume the Eurovision participation and therefore Yulia Samoilova will be out of the picture of potential participants (unless the Kremlin says otherwise).
If Channel One gets only a financial penalty and that ends the story between them and EBU, then Yulia Samoilova is indeed a strong possibility for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest.
and the saga continues…