2000 and Whatever – Moldova

We may not get to see our 2020 favourites take to the stage, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce on our Eurovision favourites. This series is aimed to discover the team’s favourite entries from the 21st century, from 2001 to 2019.

In collaboration with ESCDaily, we will be reviewing some of their 21st Century favourites, while over on their site, you will find their reviews of our favourites!

Below our reviews, you will find a poll where you can vote for your favourite Eurovision entry from the 21st Century.


Anita Reviews Dennis’ 21st Century Favourite

Pasha Parfeny – Lăutar | 11th place, 81 points (Final)

When I think of Moldova at Eurovision, I think of all things weird and wonderful. Moldova is a nation that can manage to turn a non-qualifying song into a memorable performance, and especially with the upbeat songs, we end up seeing them do relatively well. Think Zdob și Zdub and DoReDoS, as well as SunStroke Project and today’s focus, Pasha Parfeny. Realistically, I have no clue what Lăutar is about, nor how the stage performance has any relation to the song…. But it just works.

This is definitely up there among my favourites from Moldova. I love how upbeat this song is, and at its core, it’s just a super catchy song. Pasha Parfeny absolutely sells this performance, vocally, but also with his stage presence. The staging is so random, but somehow works. I love the costumes as well, it all just comes together so well.

Joshua Reviews Brandon’s 21st Century Favourite

SunStroke Project and Olia Tira – Run Away | 22nd Place, 27 points (Final)

An iconic Eurovision entry that doesn’t get old. The song itself is decent and very ‘brand Moldova’, but it’s what happens on the stage that makes ‘Run Away’ a classic. I don’t think it would have mattered what the song was actually like, when you have the charismatic ‘Epic Sax Guy’ on stage. It’s clear to see how he became a meme, even outside of the Eurovision sphere. This entry is just pure fun and silliness, and I love that Moldova embrace that with a number of their entrants.

What does the ESCDaily team think of our 21st Century favourites? Make sure to head over to escdaily.com to find out!

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