Getting in on the Sister Act

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Women around the world agree: There’s nobody in the world that gets you quite like a sister. So it’s no wonder that over the years, Eurovision has seen many sisters team up to perform, as well as many sisters who have followed in each other’s footsteps. In honor of International Women’s Day, we salute these women who have brought the bond of sisterhood to the Eurovision stage:

Monica and Ami Aspelund – 1977 and 1983 – Finland

Eurovision Sisters Monica and Ami Aspelund [Credit: www.seurakuntalainen.fi]
Monica and Ami Aspelund [Credit: www.seurakuntalainen.fi]
Monica Aspelund first graced the 1977 Eurovision stage, singing “Lapponia” for Finland, and her sister Ami followed suit with “Fantasiaa” in 1983. In addition to their Eurovision experiences and long-standing music careers, they also share religious beliefs and have performed at Christian music concerts as a duo. Ami Aspelund even said that sharing that part of her life with her sister has been a gift.

Lisa, Amy, and Shelley Vol – 2017 – the Netherlands

Eurovision Sisters: Lisa, Amy and Shelley Vol
From left, Amy, Shelley and Lisa Vol

Twins Amy and Shelley Vol and older sister Lisa make up the singing trio O’G3NE. They began their career in the 2007 Junior Eurovision Song Contest. They went on to represent the Netherlands in the 2017 Eurovision with the song “Light and Shadows,” written by their father Rick Vol. The O in the trio’s name stands for their mother’s blood type and “Light and Shadows” was dedicated to her before she died shortly after the contest.

Edsilia Rombley and Trijntje Oosterhuis – 1998, 2007 and 2015 – the Netherlands

Eurovision Sisters: Edsilia Rombley and her sister in law, Trijntje Oosterhuis
Edsilia Rombley and her sister-in-law, Trijntje Oosterhuis

Edsilia Rombley represented the Netherlands in 1998 with the song “Hemel en aarde” (“Heaven and earth”). She took to the stage again in 2007 with “On Top of the World,” not long after marrying her long-time producer and songwriter Tjeerd Oosterhuis. Eight years later, Trijntje Oosterhuis (Tjeerd’s sister, and Edsilia’s sister-in-law), would follow Edsilia to the Eurovision stage, representing the Netherlands with the song “Walk Along.” During the contest, she found out she was pregnant with her first daughter, Edsilia’s niece.

Niña and Djem van Dijk – 2006 – the Netherlands

Eurovision Sisters: Niña and Djem van Dijk
Niña and Djem van Dijk

Niña and Djem van Dijk performed in the 2006 Eurovision as part of the trio Treble, along with their former music teacher, Caroline Hoffman. They’re known for using lyrics in a made-up language, saying that music is enough to get their meaning across. And they’re not the only sisters to have a language all their own.

Bianca, Stella, and Patricia Maessen – 1970 and 1977 – the Netherlands and Belgium

Bianca, Stella, and Patricia Maessen, Hearts of Soul, 1970

Bianca, Stella, and Patricia, originally from the Netherlands, made up the Dutch band Hearts of Soul. At the 1970 Eurovision, each act was allowed up to two singers, so they performed as Patricia and the Hearts of Soul. Eventually, all three sisters moved together to Belgium, where they became known as Dream Express. They went on to perform again in the 1977 Eurovision and Stella performed again on her own in 1982.

Inga and Anush Arshakyan – 2009 – Armenia

Eurovision Sisters: Inga and Anush Arshakyan
Inga and Anush Arshakyan

The Arshakyan Sisters specialize in folk music and traditional Armenian music with a modern twist. They performed “Jan Jan” together in the 2009 Eurovision and Inga represented Armenia again in 2015 as part of the band Genealogy. Whether they’re performing with family or preserving Armenia’s local musical heritage, these sisters definitely know how to stay in touch with their roots.

Tamara and Tijana Todevska – 2008, 2009, and 2014 – Macedonia

Eurovision Sisters: Tamara and Tijana Todevska
Tamara and Tijana Todevska

Every parent wishes their kids could take turns as well as Tamara and Tijana Todevska. Tamara kicked off their Eurovision run performing the song “Vo ime na ljubovta” (“Let me love you”) and then became Tijana’s backup singer for the song “To the Sky” at the 2014 Eurovision. Tamara will be back again at the 2019 Eurovision, performing “Proud.” Tijana and Tamara’s father is a music professor and their mother is an opera singer, so it’s no mystery as to where they get their musical abilities.

Do you have a favorite Eurovision sister act? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Jim


    March 8, 2019

    Actually it’s North Macedonia, just to be correct.

  • SpaniardEurofan


    March 8, 2019

    Azúcar Moreno (Spain, 1990) are sisters. They should be in the list.

  • Carlos


    March 10, 2019

    Spain has participated in Eurovision on at least two occasions with female interpreters who were sisters. in 1973 Izaskun and Amaya Uranga performed the song Eres Tu with the group Mocedades, finishing in second place. In 2006 there were four sisters who were part of the Las Ketchup group.

  • Hans P.


    March 21, 2019

    Two of the members of Frizzle Sizzle (Netherlands 1986) are sisters too. And the two members of Maywood (Netherlands 1990) are sisters as well.

  • alf_poier


    March 22, 2019

    You missed THE KEPTCHUPS from Spain!!!