Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!
Today we’re featuring Moldova, who first made their debut in 2005 and have participated each year since. Their debut entry was results wise, one of their best up until 2017, but overall have had a fairly successful presence at the contest. Out of a total of 14 participations, Moldova have found themselves in the final 10 times – which is not bad at all! Today we will be focusing on the latest three entries from Moldova, starting in 2016 and continuing through to this year’s entry. After our recap, it will be up to you to choose the Best of the Bunch!
With two non-qualifications previous, Moldova was in a bit of a slump when it comes to Eurovision. In true Moldovan style, the broadcaster held a national selection to select their Eurovision artist and song, and it was Lidia Isac who won the votes of the public and jury with her song Falling Stars. Stuck in a difficult position in the running order, it would have taken something pretty spectacular to change the fortunes of Moldova. Although a confident vocal performance, Moldova unfortunately failed to qualify for the final for the third year in a row, with Lidia finishing in 17th place with 33 points.
Now with three non-qualifications, the once successful Moldova needed something pretty spectacular to shake things up. Thankfully, they delivered as we saw former group SunStroke Project return to the national final – and of course win the national final with their song Hey, Mamma! The fun, catchy and energetic pop number was a hit among the fans, but perhaps it was a surprise to see Moldova reach the heights that they did. The group qualified into the final in 2nd place, and in the final managed to dance their way into third place with 374 points, which is the highest place that the nation has received at Eurovision.
That brings us to this year’s entry, which as you may remember was DoReDos, a group featuring three young but talented vocalists. They stormed through the national selection with their song My Lucky Day, and throughout the pre-season managed to grow in popularity but still somewhat remained under the radar come Eurovision time. Once we reached the rehearsals, it was clear that the group was destined for yet another good result due to an incredible stage show. It was full of illusions in a very humorous way, making it a performance hard to forget but easy to enjoy! The nation qualified into the final in 3rd place, however in the final finished in 10th place with 209 points.
So now you’ve seen all three performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!
If you want more Best of the Bunch from Moldova, check out our original series:
If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here: