2020 would have been the year that Natalia Gordienko would return to the Eurovision stage. She previously took part back in 2006 for Moldova. Will she be granted her comeback in 2021 after all?
In today’s episode we look at Moldova in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.
Key takeaways: Experienced performer and dreamteam behind the act
With a team consisting of people like Philip Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos and/or Sharon Vaughn you are in safe hands at Eurovision. They have seen and done it all, and especially the staging and camerawork is usually in order. This is necessary, because the song on its merits is usually not very refreshing. This was also the case for Prison, but odds are Moldova would have build a visual story around the song again.
The performer also has previous Eurovision experience, even though it wasn’t a very successful experience. One of the lessons for Natalia Gordienko might be that the Eurovision is not a beach, and it is probably wise to put on some clothes while performing. As a singer, she has grown in the 14 years between then and now. It makes sense to select her again, after winning the final in Moldova this year.
How to proceed with Natalia Gordienko in Eurovision 2021?
Despite the fact that Natalia was not predicted a good result in Rotterdam in 2020, there are some factors that could make Moldova stick with her for 2021. It’s not uncommon to see Moldova struggle with numbers for their public selections, so considering that she is a fairly big name, they may just pair her up with the dream team once again.
If she is selected internally for 2021, the song can of course be totally different. Moldova could once again take the upbeat pop route, as we think they have produced better upbeat numbers at Eurovision than they have ballads.
Exploring other options
Natalia was not chosen internally, but through a national final, so perhaps the broadcaster will come up with a new preselection. The given fact that they were not predicted a good result with her in 2020 might push their decision towards choosing something completely new. It doesn’t come easy, but Moldova manages to host a preselection nearly every year. Respect for that, in a small nation with not such a huge music industry.
Most of the notable names in the Moldovan music scene have already been to Eurovision or took a shot in the preselection. Pasha Parfeny took part in the final in 2020 and came second behind Natalia Gordienko. It would be a strange move to favor him over her for 2021, so that is not likely.
This was supposed to be Moldova’s Eurovision 2020 entry
About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”
In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.
We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?