Eurovision Twins

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No, you aren’t seeing double — no need to adjust your glasses. These four talented singing duos made Eurovision fame by sharing the spotlight with their identical twin. The bond they share goes far beyond their DNA. These twins prove that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

1. Anastasiya and Maria Andreyevna Tolmachevy

Eurovision Twins: Anastasiya and Maria Andreyevna Tolmachevy, 2014 Eurovision Contest
Anastasiya and Maria Andreyevna Tolmachevy, 2014 Eurovision Contest

Anastasiya and Maria Andreyevna Tolmachevy, known as the Tomachevy Sisters, represented Russia in 2014. It is clear where their musical roots came from — their mother was both their music teacher and singing mentor. Their Eurovision history is rather extensive. Before representing Russia in 2014, they won the 2006 Junior Eurovision Contest when they were just 9. Although not officially competing in 2009 or 2010, they did make appearances at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest and at the 2010 Junior Eurovision Contest.

2. John and Edward Grimes

Eurovision Twins: John and Edward Grimes in Sydney, Australia, 2013
John and Edward Grimes in Sydney, Australia, 2013

Representing Ireland in the 2011 and 2012 Eurovision contests, John and Edward Grimes, identical twins known as Jedward, have spent their personal and professional lives entirely in sync. Jedward began singing in school performances and haven’t stopped since. In addition to Eurovision, they have gone on to compete in The X Factor, released three albums and nine singles. These two are so close that they rarely leave each other’s side, except when “one of us might go to the shop to buy some sweet.”

3. Daniela and Veronika Nízlová

Eurovision Twins: Daniela an Veronika Nízlová, 2011 Eurovision Contest
Daniela an Veronika Nízlová, 2011 Eurovision Contest

Daniela and Veronika Nízlová, identical twins who began singing before they could speak, aptly named their group, TWiiNS. Although they represented Slovakia in the 2011 Eurovision contest, Daniela and Veronika got their Eurovision start in 2008, as background singers and dancers for Tereza Kerndlová, the Czech entry that year.

4. Sophie and Magaly Gilles

Eurovision Twins: Sophie and Magaly Gilles, 1980 Eurovision Contest
Sophie and Magaly Gilles, 1980 Eurovision Contest

French singing sensations, Sophie and Magaly Gilles, achieved Eurovision fame when they represented Luxemburg in the 1980 Eurovision contest with their song, “Le Papa Pingouin.” The act was memorable for its dancing penguin who accompanied them on stage. Despite coming in ninth in the contest, the song became a huge commercial success in France — selling 1 million copies.

These dynamic duos have plenty of musical talent encoded in their shared DNA. Have you thought about what’s encoded in yours? Check out MyHeritage DNA and discover what’s in yours today!

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  • Danilo


    February 21, 2019

    And sisters Barudzija? Back vocals of Daniel Popovic who represents Yugoslavia?

    • Esther


      February 26, 2019

      Great examples!

  • Geoff


    March 1, 2019

    Alice and Ellen Kessler (Germany 1959) are twins too.