Sunstroke Project are optimistic that they can take Moldova back to their first Eurovision final since the 2013 contest in Malmo, Sweden.
On Friday night the Moldovan Party was held featuring guests from past Eurovision Song Contests. Performing at the event at the Moldovan Embassy were Aliona Moon (2013) and Pasha Parfeny (2012), as well as Olia Tira who performed with the group at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway.
In the run up to the event, Sunstroke Project said that they are optimistic of qualifying from the first semi final and getting into the final on Saturday night. Sergei Yalovitsky the lead singer of the group said to TRM that:
I know that the we cannot vote, but we expect to encourage positive comments, shares and likes on social networks. This helps us maintain our position to remain optimistic and give all our best. We ensure that we give our best and we will represent the country at the highest level.
Sunstroke Project last participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 alongside Olia Tira, they qualified for the final with “Runaway” but finished 22nd. Since then they have attempted to represent Moldova at the contest on a further three occasions. In 2015 they narrowly missed out on returning the contest finishing 3rd in the national final.
Moldova’s best results in the Eurovision Song Contest:
- 2005 – Zdob şi Zdub – “Bunica Bate Toba” – 6th – 148 points
- 2007 – Natalia Barbu – Fight – 10th – 109 points
- 2012 – Pasha Parfeny – Lautar – 11th – 81 points
- 2013 – Aliona Moon – O Mie – 11th – 71 points
- 2011 – Zdob şi Zdub – So Lucky – 12th – 91 points
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Moldova debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 when the contest was last held in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2005 Moldova debuted in the contest alongside Bulgaria, while that year Hungary also returned to the contest having been absent since 1998. Moldova is currently in its worse run of results in their history in the contest, having failed to make the final since 2013. At the 2016 contest in Stockholm, the country finished 17th in their semi-final scoring a total of 33 points.