Eurovision in Liverpool is now less than a month away. In the run-up to rehearsals we will be getting to know a little more about this year’s artists, their discography and their Eurovision journey so far. The next act we will be previewing is Moldova’s Pasha Parfeni.
Pasha Parfeni’s Eurovision journey so far….
Pasha Parfeni was selected to represent Moldova through the national final Etapa Națională 2023. He made it through a field of 10 to represent the nation with their song “Soarele și Luna”
Pasha will perform 10th in the second half of the first Eurovision 2023 semi-final on May 9th. You can check out Pasha’s song here
Pasha Parfeni has performed live at the the Barcelona Eurovision Party, Polish Eurovision Party, Israel Calling, Pre-Party ES in Madrid, and the London Eurovision Party.
What do we think of “Soarele și Luna”
The team at That Eurovision Site has been doing their reviews for this year’s contest. Euan and Stuart gave their thoughts on “Soarele și Luna”, which you can see here.
Who is Pasha Parfeni?
Pasha’s music career really kicked off in 2008 when he joined the group Sunstroke Project. In 2009 he wrote and composed the song “No Crime” which was entered into the Moldovan national final that year. The group placed third in the national final, Pasha then left the group in order to have a solo career.
Over the years Pasha has competed in many competitions and been successful. In 2009 he placed second in the Slavianski Bazaar – where he won a cash prize of $6000 for his efforts.
Between the years 2010 and 2012 he entered the national selection each time. In 2012 Pasha was finally successful and his song “Lautar” was selected to represent Moldova at the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest in Baku. In Baku Pasha placed 11th in the contest.
Following on from 2012, Pasha returned to the Moldovan selection again in 2013, this time as a songwriter for Aliona Moon’s “O Mie”. The song went on to win the selection. “O Mie” went in to also place 11th at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö.
Following on from this Pasha took a break from Eurovision and didn’t return to the selection again until 2020. This time Pasha competed with the song “My Wine” and went on to place second in the national final.
In 2023, Pasha was successful in his bid to represent Moldova again with his song “Soarele și Luna” which was written by Pasha himself alongside Andrei Vulpe and Iuliana Parfeni.
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 2022, Zdob și Zdub came back to the Eurovision stage with the Advahov Brothers and represented Moldova at the Contest in Turin. Performing their song “Trenulețul”, Moldova qualified for the final and finished in 7th place. Following the jury and televote points, Moldova had received 253 points.
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