Moldova: Natalia Gordienko officially confirmed for Eurovision 2021

Moldova: Natalia Gordienko officially confirmed for Eurovision 2021

Moldova’a national broadcaster, officially confirmed that Natalia Gordienko will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam next May. 

Through a press release TVM has confirmed that Moldova’s hopeful for the next Eurovision Song Contest will be Natalia Gordienko, sticking with last year’s national final winner. 

The Moldovan broadcaster opted to invite back Natalia and not hold a new national final as the circumstances of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic don’t allow the traditional national selection format “O melodie pentru Europa”. This will be the first time since 2007 the country will not be holding a national final to determine their Eurovision representative. 

The TVM press release states: 

“The development of a national selection in the classic version practiced by IP The company “Teleradio Moldova” in recent years is impossible, because it will not be possible to ensure compliance with the rules imposed by the Extraordinary National Commission on Public Health. The members of the Organizing Committee noted that only the creative staff and the minimum technical staff required to organize the pre-selection show exceed the limit imposed by 50 people. At the same time, social distancing cannot be ensured in the restricted ambiance of a television studio.

Given the fact that the artist selected at the 2020 edition did not have the opportunity to participate due to force majeure, the Organizing Committee decided that Natalia Gordienco should be given the chance to represent the Republic of Moldova at the 2021 edition. European Radio and Television (UERT-EBU), the singer will present a new play and stage concept by March 8, 2021.”

The artist herslef had confirmed had previously confirmed that she will be flying to Rottrerdam next May. Natalia Gordienko won the Moldovan national final with her entry ‘Prison‘. and was to represent Moldova in Eurovision 2020 but never reached the stage in Rotterdam as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic. 

The ESC 2021 Entry

Natalia’s Eurovision 2021 entry will be a work of the so called Dream Team. Behind the composition of Moldova’s entry will be Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philipp Kirkorov, while for the staging will be responsilbe Fokas Evaggelinos. Natalia travelled to Moscow in oprder to record her song at Vi Studio with the contribution of the project manager Ilias Kokotos. Victoria Chalikitis was the artist’s vocal coach. The song moves in a different field than last year’s ESC entry and will be an uptempo dance song.

The Eurovision Story so far

Moldova debuted in Eurovision in 2005 and has partaken in every year since then. Its best results came in 2017 when Sunstroke Project with Hey Mama finished 3rd. In 2018 the country was represented by DoReDos anf their entry Lucky Day, which finished 10th in the final. In 2019 Anna Odobescu flew the flag in Tel Aviv performing her power ballad “Stay” but despite her amazing vocal performance didn’t make it to the grand final.

Natalia Gordienko won the Moldovan national final with her entry ‘Prison‘ and was to set to represent the nation in Eurovision 2020 but saw her Eurovision journey interrupted as the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic.

Angelo D.

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