Over the coming weeks, sometimes more than once a day, we will bring you daily previews of the contest, spotlighting each of the songs individually in random order, where they come from, who will be performing them, and more, as well as some historical info on the contest and some of the past winners and participants.
Next up on our Song-By-Song preview is the official entry from Russia, “I Won’t Break” by Julia Samoylova, written by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi, and Arie Burshtein. The song is performed in English. Samoylova has performed for years, and really kicked into high geer with her career when she was the runner up on “Faktor A“, the Russian “X Factor” franchisee, in 2013. The song will be performed 6th in the competition order at the second semi-final on May 10.
Everything about this song is, well, bland – the song is bland, the singer is bland, the generic lyrics about triumphing over adversity, be it in life or love, are bland, the video is bland, it’s just bland bland BLAND. It’s not a terrible song by any means, but it’s not something I would give a lot of spins to on the ol’ Spotify, either. Ms. Samoylova has potential to make the US Adult Contemporary chart, which has a history of bland songs doing very well, but beyond that, I don’t think much of it’s chances, both here and in Europe…
Russia debuted in EuroVision in 1994 and has competed twenty times thus far. They missed the 2017 contest, held in Kiev, Ukraine, when the country barred Ms Samoylova, who was also chosen to perform for her country last year, after she allegedly traveled illegally to Crimea. As a result, Russian withdrew and didn’t even televise the contest. They won the Grand Final in 2008 with “Believe” by Dima BIlan, and have made it to the finals every year since the semi-finals were introduced in 2004.
Here’s the official music video – :;yawn::…
Join eCinemaOne, The Kirkham Report, and Planet BiblioMusica each day through the finals on May 12 – be sure to check each site, because some of the features will be exclusive to just one of the sites! The daily artist and song profiles will appear on each site, with some past winners and historical info coming to TKR and PlanetBM in the next week or so as I complete my research!
We’re featuring FOUR songs today, and tomorrow. After we’re finished with the song by song preview, it will be time for yours truly to start unleashing some historical favorites and such…
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