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Moldova: Cristina Scarlat – Wild Soul

    Despite some early controversy surrounding a withdrawn song, Moldova eventually selected Cristina Scarlat to travel to Copenhagen with the song Wild Soul. Wild soul is quite an aggressive song with a cold, harsh industrial arrangement, which I find particularly off-putting. I’ve listened to Cristina’s song a number of times now, and I’m genuinely struggling to find anything likable about it. It’s not even a tune that grows on you. The stage presentation is baffling. It consists of four henchmen manipulating a sheet of reflective material and performing a series of vigorous, but incoherent tribal dance routines. Wild Soul…

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Vocal Strength
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Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Historical Support Strength

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Given the power that juries can wield, I wouldn’t call Moldova a safe qualification bet regardless of allies.

User Rating: 2.33 ( 19 votes)

 
 
Despite some early controversy surrounding a withdrawn song, Moldova eventually selected Cristina Scarlat to travel to Copenhagen with the song Wild Soul.

Wild soul is quite an aggressive song with a cold, harsh industrial arrangement, which I find particularly off-putting.

I’ve listened to Cristina’s song a number of times now, and I’m genuinely struggling to find anything likable about it. It’s not even a tune that grows on you.

The stage presentation is baffling. It consists of four henchmen manipulating a sheet of reflective material and performing a series of vigorous, but incoherent tribal dance routines.

Wild Soul might have a market in Moldova; I just worry that the rest of Europe will dismiss Cristina’s song as unintelligible noise.  Given the power that juries can wield, I wouldn’t call Moldova a safe qualification bet regardless of allies.

Are Moldova set struggle this year?

  • Qualification History
  • Final Performance
  • Allies
Since the introduction of the new semi-final format, Moldova have failed to qualify seven times in eight attempts. 87% qualification success.

Highest semi-final score: 207 (2005: Zdob şi Zdub – Bunica Bate Toba)
Lowest semi-final score: 36 (2008: Geta Burlacu – A Century of Love)
Average semi-final finishing position: 7th
Average semi-final score: 92 points

Moldova have finished in the top-10 twice since 2004.

Highest score (since 2004): 87 (2005: Zdob şi Zdub – Bunica Bate Toba)
Lowest score (since 2004): 27 (2010: SunStroke Project & Olia Tira – Run Away)
Average final position: 13th
Average final score: 72 points

Average Points Received

Romania – 11.5
Portugal – 8.0
Russia – 6.7
Ukraine – 6.5
Belarus – 6.4
Italy – 5.8
Azerbaijan- 4.9
Turkey – 4.7
Spain – 4.0
San Marino 3.6

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4 comments

  1. Seems like they’re thinking “let’s do a cross between Aliona and Cezar, that’ll win!”

    It’s quite crazy and may attract some novelty televotes, but the juries don’t have as much reason to reward this as they did Cezar, (vocals). History dictates that Moldova will qualify, and I believe this package is strong enough to continue that record, but they need to make the staging more tasteful, as they did last year. I think it’s unlikely to reach top 10 though.

  2. My favorite tweet of the night:

    Keith Mills ‏@KeithM
    Christina Scarlat for Moldova at #eurovision This has just walked all over Spain and Sweden.

  3. This sums up this year.Iv never known 3 minutes seem so long.The studio version hints at something more epic.The live version provides a dress that looks like a Klingon prop and vocals that take half the song to get in tune.Just another badly structured mess.
    They will probably sort it out quite a lot like most years but still likely poor.

  4. i thought it was a Terminator hommage? still trying to figure what the deal with the sheet metal is.

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