Tolmachevy Sisters – Anastasia and Maria
The Tolmachevy sisters are Russian singers, Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 winners, Eurovision Song Contest 2014 participants.
Anastasia and Maria are twins, who were born on January 14, 1997 in the Russian city of Kursk. Anastasia is 8 minutes older than her sister. Girls began to study music at the age of six. Their mother, a musician, noticed her daughters’ special musical abilities.
9-year-old girls won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Bucharest, Romania. They performed their own song Spring Jazz.
In 2007, Nastya and Masha received Muz – TV special prize for the victory in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and also participated in the opening ceremony of “Slavic Bazaar”. In the same year, the girls released their first album “Halves” (Polovinki).
In the New Year musical “The Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors”, filmed in 2007, Masha and Nastya sang together with Alla Pugacheva. Then they met his future mentor Philip Kirkorov.
Now 17-year-old sisters are still school girls.
Nine years after their triumph at Junior Eurovision sisters were chosen to represent Russia at Eurovision 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark with the song Shine.
At the contest Tolmachevy sisters will perform under the number 7.
Kirkorov helps them to prepare for the Eurovision. At first the famous Russian singer wanted to write a song in the style of Ani Lorak, but he chose a ballad in the style of the 60s. As a result, girls will represent the country with the song Shine, which Kirkorov wrote together with Dimitris Kontopoulos. World renowned designer from Russia, Ulyana Sergeenko, will create costumes for the performance. Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Amber Heard and many others are happy to wear Sergeenko’s dresses.
This year 37 countries will take part in the Song Contest.
Dina Garipova represented Russia at Eurovision 2013 and took 5th place.
“Buranovskie babushki” took the second place in 2012.
Dima Bilan was the only one Russian who won Eurovision in 2008.
In Eurovision 2014 the girls took the seventh place.