It’s been a long road to Eurovision for Russia’s Julia Samoylova. Now, we know the song she will finally get to sing on the Eurovision stage. Julia will perform the ballad “I Won’t Break” in Lisbon.
“I Won’t Break” is composed by Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi and Arie Burshtein. They’re the same team behind her cancelled 2017 entry, “Flame is Burning”.
The song is clearly influenced by Julia’s well-documented struggles with her health and how she has persevered through that. She’s won’t be broken; instead, there’s empowerment here. “Even in the darkness, I can see a light” — she’s fighting through and not letting her disability be a challenge or a definition.
It’s a message shown in the music video too. Unlike the video for “Flame is Burning”, Julia’s wheelchair is never actually shown. Instead, the video focuses on both the beauty of nature and Julia’s own beauty.
The video ends with a powerful message: Julia on top of a mountain, almost as if she has conquered the summit herself. Despite all the hardship and struggles she’s had, she’s at the metaphorical peak.
The song itself isn’t the flashiest or most powerful ballad of the year. It’s the message that will be driving this song along. Not only that, we know Russia are pulling in the heavyweights when it comes to staging.
Alexei Golubev — the man behind Polina Gagarina’s staging for “A Million Voices — is already confirmed to work on Julia’s staging too. He’s promised a “grandiose” show, too!