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Russia to return to Eurovision

Belarus has confirmed their participation in the international song contest Eurovision 2018, which will be held in May next year in the capital of Portugal Lisbon. Moreover, Russia has announced it will return to the contest.

Lisbon was given the right to hold a Eurovision after Portugal's Salvador Sobral won the 2017 contest.

42 countries will partake in the 2018 Eurovision, including Belarus.

Russia's singer Yulia Samoilova wanted to partake in the 2017 contest in Ukraine, but Kyiv banned her entry in Ukraine.

Australia will take part in Eurovision again, as well as the majority of European countries. Earlier there were rumors about Kazakhstan taking part in the contest and a possible return of Turkey, but they haven't been confirmed.

Naviband represented Belarus at Eurovision 2017. They eventually took 17th place.

The whole Europe remembers their passionate kiss at the end of the song Story of My Life, which they sang in Belarusian.

That was the first song in this language in the Eurovision history. Many in Europe noted the melodic nature of the Belarusian language. The UN thinks this language is the second most melodic after Italian.

Belarus has not yet decided on its Eurovision entry. Belteleradiocompany will traditionally hold the national selection.

Photo: Thomas Hanses (EBU)

Russia to return to Eurovision