Russia: Listen to ‘Shine’ by the Tolmachevy Sisters

The last and 37th entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 has premiered. You can watch the song from Russia, ‘Shine’ by The Tolmachevy Twins, here at ESC Daily!

The Russian song has been composed by Philipp Kirkorov, who has done that a couple of times before, for instance for Belarus in 2007 and Ukraine in 2008. The lyrics have been written by Gerard James Borg, together with John Ballard and Ralph Charlie. The twins, who won the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, will take part in the first semifinal on the 6th of May in Copenhagen.

Listen to the Russian song here and tell us what you think:


  1. Another ballad? Oh goody! Russia seem to be one of the only countries that look like they are going for the win – the twins are proven winners, Kirkorov has had previous success in the contest, and Kontopoulos has also been a successful producer for Eurovision entrants. But it can be fairly predicted that Russia’s performance on the globally stage will mar the competition this year; it’s a sad day to say that politics will once again play a role in the outcome. So I think that the opinions of Eurofans will come to mean nothing when Russia kick off their competition in semi-final 1 on the 6th May. But let’s be fair and mention the actual song – it’s another ballad which I don’t think will stand out, despite the fact that we know the staging will be epic. I say Good Luck to the twins, but like many other Europeans, I do not wish Russia to win.

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