Russian Entry in Eurovision Contest Is a Song About Crossing a Line to Take Something

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
May 7 2014 4:08 PM

Russian Entry in Massively Popular European Talent Show Is a Song About Crossing Lines to Take Something

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From the Tolmachevy Sisters' performance in the Eurovision semifinals.

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The Eurovision Song Contest is a long-running European musical talent show in which each country gets one entry. Thirty-seven countries are involved this year, and the broadcasts are huge TV events. Both Russia and the Ukraine will compete in the finals this Saturday in Copenhagen. And, as the Washington Post observes, Russia's entry, a duet, includes lyrics that were either very poorly or very pointedly chosen given the nation's current involvement in a violent border conflict:

Living on the edge/
Closer to the crime/
Cross the line a step at a time/
Maybe there's a place/
Maybe there's a time/
Maybe there's a day you'll be mine.
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"Something's gotta give," one of the women sings later, adding, "oooooh oooooh ahhhhhhh ahhhhhhh." It's a pretty catchy song.

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