Russian singer Julia Samoylova is not letting a potential ban from Ukraine spoil her excitement about performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev in two months, according to an interview published Tuesday.
"My greatest dream has been to sing at Eurovision," the 27-year-old singer told the Russian newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets. "I'm going to represent and support my country. That's the main motive."
Samoylova intends to sing "Flame Is Burning" at the contest in May. The song, in English, is partially about finding courage within yourself. Samoylova, who suffers from a rare muscular disorder, has used a wheelchair since childhood.
Ukrainian authorities said Monday that they were considering banning the singer from entering the country because she performed in Russian-annexed Crimea in 2015.
But with just a couple months before the contest, Samoylova has other concerns. "The only difficulty I have is the English language. I'm having a lot of trouble with it," she told the newspaper, adding that she's busy taking lessons.