Earlier this morning, Russia dropped a bombshell by announcing the Tolmachevy Twins as their representatives in Copenhagen. They want us to get totally worked up so they’ve decided to delay the song presentation to an unknown date.
In an interview they gave to Sergei Briljov, they confirmed that the song will be performed in English, and also said that their biggest competitors are the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Sweden.
Philip Kirkorov, Russia’s 1995 representative, and Dimitris Kontopoulos, the man behind Eurovision entries like Hold me (Azerbaijan 2013), Shady Lady (Ukraine 2008), Never Let You Go (Russia 2006), This Is Our Night (Greece 2009), and Work Your Magic (Belarus 2007) are in talks with the Russian national broadcaster regarding production of their entry.
The twins weren’t Russia’s first choice. Originally, the broadcaster Russia-1 had planned to hold a national selection titled Kto?. However, the plans were abandoned as national selection submissions didn’t meet the quality and quantity criteria set by the broadcaster.
Maria and Anastasiya Tolmachevy rose to fame after winning Junior Eurovision 2006 in Bucharest. They sang “Vesenniy Jazz” and achieved a total of 154 points, which remains the country’s highest result to date.
They are the second act from Junior Eurovision to represent their homeland at adult Eurovision. Nevena Bozovic from Moje 3 was the first; she represented Serbia at Junior Eurovision 2007 and Eurovision in 2013.
The Tolmachevy twins took part in opening act in the first semifinal of Eurovision 2009, where they landed on stage on the Firebird from Slavic folkore. Can we expect something similar this year?