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By Pete Devine

THIS year's entrant for Russia was controversially banned from last year's Eurovision after it was found she had entered the Crimea in 2014.

On that occasion Julia Samoylova, had been selected to represent Russia at Eurovision, in Kiev, but as a result of the incursion,  she was banned from the country for three years and had to cancel her plans.

The Russian broadcaster, however, made a promise to have the singer back this year, which means Julia can fly to Lisbon to represent the country this time with the song I Won't Break.

Singer/songwriter Julia Samoylova was born in 1989 in the Russian town of Ukhta. As a child she lost the use of her legs due to spinal muscular atrophy. Since then she has used a wheelchair to get around

She was a finalist in The X Factor in Russia and performed during the opening ceremony of the Winter Paralympics in Sochi in 2014. 

I Won't Break, was written by Netta Nimrodi, Leonid Gutkin and Arie Burshtein.

Previous Entries

2017 - Sergey Lazarev "You Are the Only One"

2016 - Sergey Lazarev "You are the Only One" - 3rd (491 points)

2015 - Polina Gagarina "A Million Voices" - 2nd (303 points)

2014 - Tolmachevy Sisters "Shine" - 7th (89 points)

2013 - Dina Garipova "What If" - 5th (174 points)

2012 - Buranovskiye Babushki "Party for Everybody" - 2nd (259 points)

2011 - Alexej Vorobjov "Get You" - 16th (77 points)

2010 - Peter Nalitch & Friends "Lost and Forgotten" - 11th (90 points)

2009 - Anastasia Prikhodko "Mamo" - 11th (91 points)

2008 - Dima Bilan "Believe" - 1st (272 points)

2007 - Serebro "Song 1" - 3rd (207 points)

2006 - Dima Bilan "Never Let You Go" - 2nd (248 points)

2005 - Natalia Podolskaya "Nobody Hurt No One" - 15th (57 points)

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