Tolmachevy Sisters

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The Tolmachevy Sisters
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Tomalchevy Sisters (2014)
Background information
Birth nameAnastasiya Andreyevna Tolmacheva
Maria Andreyevna Tolmacheva
Born (1997-01-14) 14 January 1997 (age 23)
Kursk, Russia
Occupation(s)Singers, actresses
Years active2006–present

Anastasiya and Maria Andreyevna Tolmachevy (Анастасия и Мария Андреевна Толмачёвы, born 14 January 1997) are identical twin singers, actresses, and former child singers from the Russian city of Kursk. Aged nine, they won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Bucharest, Romania, with their song Vesenniy Jazz (Literal: Spring Jazz, Cyrillic: Весенний Джаз).[1] Eight years later, they represented Russia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, placing seventh with the song "Shine".[2]

The twins released an album called Polovinki in 2007, and have appeared in a made-for-TV movie in Russia.

Early life[edit]

Maria Andreyevna (Masha) and Anastasiya Andreyevna (Nastya) Tolmachevy were born on 14 January 1997 in Kursk, Russia. They are the eldest of three children and they have one younger sister. Their first mentor in singing was their mother who is a music teacher.

Musical career[edit]

2006: Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006[edit]

At the age of nine, the sisters represented Russia at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Bucharest, Romania after being selected from 20 acts in the national final held on 4 June 2006. They later won the Junior Eurovision by a clear margin with their song Vesenniy Jazz (Literal: Spring Jazz, Cyrillic: Весенний Джаз) which earned them 154 points, with Belarus coming in at second place with 129 points.[1]

2007: Polovinki[edit]

In 2007, the sisters released their first album, Polovinki, then appeared in the movie Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors later that year.

2009–2010: Eurovision Song Contest 2009 and Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010[edit]

In 2009, the sisters made an appearance at the opening act of the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia.[3]

In 2010, the sisters were part of an interval act at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2010 in Minsk, Belarus where previous winners of the contest sang their winning songs in a medley.[4]

2014: Eurovision Song Contest 2014[edit]

The sisters representing Russia with the song "Shine"

The Tolmachevy Sisters were chosen to represent Russia via internal selection with the song "Shine" in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark after being internally selected by Russian television.[2][5] They came 7th overall with 89 points.[6]

The Tolmachevy Sisters were the subject of booing from the audience, during the semi-final and when they qualified into final.[7] The booing was also heard when countries awarded Russia votes.[8] Fraser Nelson wrote: "I can’t remember the last time I heard a Eurovision audience boo anyone; during the Iraq war in 2003, no one booed Britain."[9]

2019: Eurovision Song Contest 2019[edit]

Members of the professional Russian jury at Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[10][11][12]



Title Album details
  • Released early 2007
  • Formats: CD, digital download


Title Year Album
"Vesenniy Jazz" (Весенний джаз) 2006 Polovinki
"Shine" 2014 Non-album single(s)
"Ukhodi" (Уходи)
"My heart" Сердце моё A.T.B.T 2015

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Russia – JESC". Archived from the original on 18 February 2007. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  2. ^ a b Сёстры Толмачевы вернулись в Москву [The Tolmachyovy Sisters have returned to Moscow]. Vesti. Archived from the original on 20 May 2008. Retrieved 2 March 2007.
  3. ^ Маша и Настя Толмачёвы – Открытие Евровидения в Москве [Masha and Nastya Tolmachev – Opening of Eurovision in Moscow]. 28 April 2011. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2014 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "Junior Eurovision 2010 – Medley of all previous JESC winners". Archived from the original on 9 December 2013. Retrieved 14 November 2014 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ "Russia sends the Tolmachevy Twins to Copenhagen". Eurovision Song Contest. 15 March 2014. Archived from the original on 15 March 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Eurovision 2014 results". BBC News. 11 May 2014. BBC_report_of_Eurovision_2014. Archived from the original on 10 May 2014. Retrieved 11 May 2014.
  7. ^ "Russia booed at Eurovision semi-final". BBC News. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  8. ^ Wyatt, Daisy (10 May 2014). "Eurovision 2014: Russian act, the identical Tolmachevy Twins, jeered by crowd during final". The Independent. Retrieved 4 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Eurovision 2014: the booing of Russia was a disgrace". Spectator Blogs. 11 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Определён состав российского жюри на "Евровидении" в Израиле". Archived from the original on 2 May 2019. Retrieved 3 May 2019.
  11. ^ По каким критериям в жюри «Евровидения» вошли модельер Игорь Гуляев, сёстры Толмачёвы и Симон Осиашвили
  12. ^ От дизайнера Гуляева до сестёр Толмачёвых: Раскрыт состав российского жюри Евровидения 2019
  13. ^ "Listen: The Tolmachevy Sisters Release New Single "Alter Ego"". 13 December 2014. Archived from the original on 15 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Vladislav Krutskikh
with "Doroga k solntsu"
Russia in the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Alexandra Golovchenko
with "Otlichnitsa"
Preceded by
Belarus Ksenia Sitnik
with "My Vmeste"
Winner of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Belarus Alexey Zhigalkovich
with "S druz'yami"
Preceded by
Dina Garipova
with "What If"
Russia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Polina Gagarina
with "A Million Voices"