Flame Is Burning

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"Flame Is Burning"
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 entry
Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi, Arie Burshtein[1]
Leonid Gutkin, Netta Nimrodi, Arie Burshtein[1]
Finals performance
Semi-final result
Appearance chronology
◄ "You Are the Only One" (2016)   
"I Won't Break" (2018) ►

"Flame Is Burning" is a song performed by Russian singer Yuliya Samoylova. It would have represented Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 that was held in the Ukrainian capital Kiev.[2][3]

On 13 March 2017, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that they might ban Samoylova from entering Ukraine due to her unlawful visit to Crimea, a peninsula that was unilaterally annexed by Russia from Ukraine in 2014 and 2015.[4] State broadcaster Channel One announced on 13 April 2017 of their withdrawal from the contest.[5][6][7]


The song is about hope, that never dies, like a flame burning in the dark. The key is B minor (but it ends with a major chord) and the tempo is around 73 BPM.

Music video[edit]

The only "official video" of the song shows the singer on a stage, singing live on the Russian Channel 1. It has been uploaded on YouTube from the official Eurovision Channel.


  1. ^ a b "ESC 2017 - Yulia Samoylova (Russia)". esckaz.com. ESCKAZ. 13 March 2017.
  2. ^ Adams, William Lee (12 March 2017). "RUSSIA'S YULIA SAMOILOVA BECOMES SECOND SINGER IN WHEELCHAIR TO COMPETE AT EUROVISION". wiwibloggs.com. Wiwibloggs.
  3. ^ Deakin, Samuel (12 March 2017). "Yulia Samoylova to Represent Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix.
  4. ^ Ukraine investigates Russia's newly chosen Eurovision candidate, Deutsche Welle (13 March 2017)
  5. ^ Granger, Anthony (13 April 2017). "Russia withdraws from the Eurovision Song Contest". eurovoix.com. Eurovoix. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  6. ^ Первый канал не будет транслировать Евровидение-2017 [The first channel will not broadcast ESC 2017]. www.1tv.ru (in Russian). Russia-1. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.
  7. ^ "EBU: "Russia no longer able to take part in Eurovision 2017"". eurovision.tv. European Broadcasting Union. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017.