Russian twins the Tolmachevy Sisters advanced through to the Eurovision Final on Saturday 10th May following a performance at last night’s first semi final. However it wasn’t all good news for the ‘Shine’ singers as the result was met with loud boos from the audience.
It would seem that the reaction from the crowd was not in protest of the Russian song or performance but rather in reaction to recent political activities from the country. Eurovision is known to have a huge LGBT following and recent anti-propaganda laws forbidding the promotion of LGBT ideals were put in place by the Russian government leading to attacks on gay Russians and a limit to their civil liberties. In addition to this Russia have recently been internationally criticised for their role in creating instability and occupying areas of Eastern Ukraine and the boos may also have stemmed from these activities.
Ukraine’s Mariya Yaremchuk who performed in front of a giant hamster wheel also advanced to the final along with favourites to win Armenia and Sweden, as well as San Marino and Montenegro who will both compete in the Eurovision final for the first time.