Right, not many left to go now, as we approach the first semi-final on 6 May. Continuing on our trip through this year’s 37 entries, we reach a nation that is still waiting for its big breakthrough, despite decent results up to now.
Debuting in 2005, Moldova have yet to improve on its debut 6th place finish, though despite having only two top 10 finishes to its name so far they are a decent bet for qualification, with 7 qualifiers out of 8 attempts. Many of their songs have ended up firmly mid-table, including 11th place finishes in 2011 and 2012.
Their national final (O Melodie Pentru Europa) was a mixed selection (as most are), and the victor was Moldovan-born Cristina Scarlet with the dark and dubsteppy “Wild Soul”. I can normally depend on Moldova to bring something unusual but somehow appealing to the masses. This year I’m a little less sure about their entry.
There’s nothing really wrong with “Wild Soul”, it’s just a bit of a bleak picture to paint when you’ve got 3 minutes to impress Europe. Talking about the depths of the human condition, it’s not something to easily deal with in such a short time.
But then again, if anyone can pull a decent result out of the bag, it’s Moldova. With a bit of luck she’ll at least bring that bizarre dress from the national final – half normal dress, half tin-foil robot creation. That’s the sort of thing you’ll remember when the voting window comes around…
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