Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Cohesiveness of Package
I Want You Gone
Eduardo is on a par with Miro and Alexey Vorobyov, but his song has way more potential to extract in time for Vienna.
This year’s Moldovan selection featured ex-X-Factor contestant, Kitty Brucknell, who failed to make the final with her song, Remix.
In tonight’s final, Moldova selected Eduard Romanyuta, a millionaire Ukrainian with a slightly suspect televote, with the song I Want Your Love.
I don’t want to dwell too long on a song that might be replaced if the Moldovan broadcaster chooses to disqualify Eduard for blatant levels of power-voting.
I Want Your Love isn’t a bad song, it’s just woefully delivered by someone who thinks he can sing, but is about as tuneful as a primary-school-level recorder recital. In the right hands, this song could be pretty decent, but with Eduard at the mic, it’s a wasted opportunity.
Last year the new rankings system proved that regardless of apparent diaspora, or regional voting strength, a poor song will struggle to make it through the semi-finals. Cristina Scarlat scored a measly 13-points in Copenhagen and finished last. If Eduard doesn’t improve his vocals and visual presentation, Moldova won’t be in the final.
Eurovision doesn’t like male singers who present themselves as the second coming that go on to disappoint. Bulgaria 2010 is a fine example of a guy that loved himself a tad too much, but had very little to offer in terms of likeablilty. Alexey Vorobyov was another smug individual with airs well above his station and brought Russia tantalisingly close to not qualifying in 2011. Eduardo is on a par with Miro and Alexey, but his song has way more potential to extract in time for Vienna.
At present, I recommend holding fire on qualification bets until we learn more about Eduardo’s Eurovision staging. Moldova might end up being a great value back.
How will Moldova fare this year?
- Qualification History
- Final Performance
Highest semi-final score: 207 (2005: Zdob şi Zdub – Bunica Bate Toba)
Lowest semi-final score: 13 (2014: Cristina Scarlat – Wild Soul)
Average semi-final finishing position (since 2008): 9th
Average semi-final score (since 2008): 65 points
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
Romania – 11.5
Portugal – 7.3
Belarus – 6.4
Russia – 6.3
Ukraine – 6.2
Italy – 5.8
Turkey – 4.7
Spain – 3.7