Presenting the entries: Russia

Tolmachevy Twins


Composers: Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos, John Ballard, Ralph Charlie, Gerard James Borg

Selection format

The Russian broadcasters first launched a new pre-selection format to pick the country’s next Eurovision representative. Kto? was the name of the show which was planned to take place on New Year’s Eve with some 25 acts competing. These plans were quietly cancelled and the next time we heard something was in March. Tolmachey Sisters told that they had been chosen internally to represent the country and the broadcaster confirmed this a few days later.

Tolmachevy Sisters

These twins are the first Junior Eurovision winners to compete in Eurovision Song Contest. Anastasia and Maria won JESC in 2006 with ‘Vesennij jazz’. Three years later, in 2009, they had the honor of opening the first semi-final of Eurovision in Moscow. In 2007 they released their debut album which is to date their only one.