Russia, Ukraine to Face Off in Eurovision Final

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The Tolmachevy Sisters from Russia.Credit: AP

If Russians and Ukrainians don't have enough to fight about, they'll be competing against each other in the finals of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night.

Both were among the 10 countries that made it through to the finals in the first semifinal on Tuesday. Another 10 will be chosen in the second semifinal on Thursday.

Judging by the reaction of the audience during Tuesday's semifinal in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Russians are unlikely to be the public's favorite to win the competition.

The Tolmachevy Sisters, who are representing Russia in the competition, may have made it into the finals, but they were roundly booed by the audience in Copenhagen while qualifying.

The BBC reports that Russia’s recent actions in Ukraine, including the annexation of the Crimea, as well as its harsh stance on gay rights, could have a negative impact on the Tolmachevy Sisters’ chances in the competition.

The 17-year-old twin sisters Anastasia and Maria, who come from the Russian city of Kursk, are hoping to repeat their 2006 victory in the children’s version of the Eurovision contest with a song called “Shine.”

Also through was Ukraine's Mariya Yaremchuk, with her song "Tick-tock." Yaremchuk's performance was notable for the dancer running in a giant hamster wheel who accompanied it.

The other eight countries from the first semifinal that will be in the finals are San Merino, Montenegro, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Hungary, Sweden, the Netherlands and Iceland.

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