After a dramatic shift in their approach, Moldova has now selected their entrant for Eurovision 2022. Zdob și Zdub are to return to the Eurovision with Frații Advahov, singing “Trenulețul”.
Listen to “Trenulețul” – Moldova’s entry for Eurovision 2022
You can also listen to the other songs competing at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest, by following our Spotify playlist.
Zdob și Zdub – returning to form
Zdob și Zdub are no strangers to Eurovision, having participated on two separate occasions. The band formed Moldova’s first ever participation in the Contest in 2005 with “Bunica bate doba”, earning a respectable 6th place. Following that, Zdob și Zdub made a return in 2011 with “So Lucky” – finishing in 12th place.
For 2022, Zdob și Zdub have teamed up with the Advahov Brothers, a fraternal duo playing the violin and accordion to couple with the band’s unique sound.
The act’s path to Eurovision has been anything but smooth. After initially confirming their participation, Moldova announced the return of a national selection, inviting interested artists to send in songs. Once the submissions window closed, a total of 30 songs made it through to the live auditions round, with 28 being performed.
However, with less than 24 hours to go until the live auditions round, Moldova’s national broadcaster TRM announced that the previously planned national selection would be scrapped in favour of an internal selection. As a result, all competing artists were performed in a special show broadcast on Moldovan television. Two hours after the auditions were broadcast, a professional jury of music professionals decided that Zdob și Zdub and the Advahov Brothers would represent Moldova in Turin.
Moldova’s Eurovision journey
Moldova is relatively new to the Eurovision Song Contest, joining in 2005. Their debut entry, Zdob și Zdub, finished in 6th place, which had remained their highest scoring entry up until 2017. This was thanks to the Sunstroke Project performing ‘Hey Mamma’, finishing in 3rd place. At the close of voting, Moldova received 374 points.
In 2021, Natalia Gordienko represented Moldova at the Contest in Rotterdam. Performing her song ‘Sugar’, Moldova qualified for the final and finished in 13th place. Following the jury and televote points, Natalia had received 115 points.
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News Source: TRM
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