Ten years ago they won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest with “Vesenniy Jazz”. Two years ago they sang “Shine” at the Eurovision Song Contest in Denmark, coming seventh after a delightful performance on a see-saw.
And this week Russia’s Anastasiya and Maria Tolmachevy — together known as the Tolmachevy Sisters — expressed their desire to represent their country at Eurovision once again in 2018.
Speaking to Russian news agency TASS, the Kursk-born beauties discussed their future plans — which include another turn at Eurovision.
“Many people say, ‘Girls, you have done enough Eurovision’, but we believe in third-time-luck,” Maria said. “We would like to participate in Eurovision once again and bring Russia another victory. We are thinking about taking part in 2018.”
Anastasiya hinted that, in case that happened, they would once again work with singer-songwriter Philipp Kirkorov.
Kirkorov wrote their 2014 entry “Shine”, as well as Belarus’ 2007 hit “Work Your Magic”, Ukraine’s 2008 song “Shady Lady” and Russia’s 2016 number “You Are the Only One”. He himself represented Russia at Eurovision 1995 with “Kolybelnaya dlya vulkana”.
“Philipp promised us we would go to Eurovision for the third time, which would give us a chance to do better,” Anastasiya said.
The sisters also looked back on their previous Eurovision experiences at JESC in 2006 and ESC in 2014.
Anastasiya said: “We mention our victory at Junior Eurovision a lot. It was our first big victory, our first big achievement. President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin congratulated us then, a lot of other celebrities did too. In our hometown Kursk they hung banners with words of congratulations. We enjoyed a lot of support.”
“The seventh place was like a victory to us,” Maria said.
“Of course we wanted to win, but we performed with pride and to us that matters the most. Things are much more complicated at ‘adult’ Eurovision,” she added, probably referring to the fact that the then 17-year-old twins were booed by the audiences in Copenhagen. Their appearance came shortly after Russia’s controversial annexation of Crimea and controversial anti-LGBT legislation, which left many Eurofans and media outlets seething.
What do you think? Can the Tolmachevys shine once again on the Eurovision stage?