The Tolmachevy Twins have expressed their interest to return to Eurovision again. Their potential comeback would mark the twins’ third time as participants in a Eurovision event.
Today, the Tolmachevy Twins announced their plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The sisters are known to the public as the Russian representatives in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 and the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Scoring 154 points, their entry Vesenny Jazz (Spring Jazz) brought Russia its first and, up to date, only victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. Later on, in March 2014, they were announced as the Russian entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen with the song Shine. They managed to score 89 points and finished in seventh place.
The Russian News Agency TASS interviewed the girls about their future plans for the contest.
Many people say ‘girls, maybe it’s enough of Eurovision for you?’, but God loves a Trinity*. We really want to participate in Eurovision again and come back to Russia with a victory. We are thinking about participating in 2018.
(* Russian expression for when someone hopes it will be third time lucky.)
The singers have also mentioned that, one of the producers of their 2014 entry Shine, Philipp Kirkorov, approves of their plans.
Philipp has promised that we could go to Eurovision for the third time. It will give us a chance to recover from the result in 2014. Although we came seventh, we felt really proud of ourselves. Of course we wanted to win, but we performed with pride and that was the most important thing for us. In the ‘grown up’ version of Eurovision things are more complicated.
You can watch the Tolmachevy Twins performing on the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest stage in our video below.
In the meantime, Russia has yet to announce how it will choose its representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, to take place in Kyiv, Ukraine. For the past four years, Russia used the internal selection method for choosing its Eurovision entries.
Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest
Debuting in 1994, Russia scored its first Top 10 entry with Yodiph’s Vechny Strannik (Eternal Wanderer).
After years of unsuccessful entries and several years of Eurovision hiatus, Russia came back in 2000 after taking a three-year break with the catchy Europop entry Solo, performed by Alsou. The singer brought Russia its first top 3 result, finishing second.
One of Russia’s big names, t.A.T.u., represented the country in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003 in Riga, Latvia. The group secured Russia another top 3 position, placing third with 164 points and finishing just three points behind the winner that year, Turkey’s Sertab Erener with the entry Everyway That I Can.
The most successful period of Russia’s participation in the contest began in 2006. Russia finished in the top 3 three times in a row. Dima Bilan represented the country in 2006 and finished second. Serebro were the Russian representatives in 2007 and got the third place. Finally, 2008 marked Russia’s first victory in the contest with Dima Bilan’s comeback entry Believe, scoring 272 points.
Later, Russia scored another three top 3 positions: in 2012 with the entry Party for Everybody by Buranovskiye Babushki, in 2015 with the entry A Million Voices by Polina Gagarina and in 2016 with the entry You Are the Only One by Sergey Lazarev. The latter came first in the televoting.