Sunstroke Project are to receive state honours after getting third place at this years Eurovision Song Contest, Moldova’s highest result to date.

Sunstroke Project were welcomed home with open arms after they received Moldova’s highest result to date. The trio, who entered the contest with their song “Hey Mamma”, received 374 points overall which meant they finished third overall. The President of Moldova Igor Dodon has promised high state honours for the band members, and had this to say:

“Congratulations boys, and the entire creative team. Moldova is grateful for the excellent international performance. You have given unforgettable emotions and you have filled my heart with joy and pride for our country. You have occupied the highest place in the contest in the history of Moldova’s participation. For us, you are winners. Bravo! I expect home state with high honours.”

Sunstroke Project previously represented the country at the 2010 contest in Oslo, Norway, with Olia Tira. With their song “Run Away”, they had managed to place 22nd in the Grand Final with 27 points.

Moldova’s previous best result came on their debut 12 years ago when the contest was last held in Kyiv, Ukraine. Zdob şi Zdub finished 6th in the final with the song “Bunica Bate Toba”. Up until last night no other Moldovan entry had ever managed to bring the country back into the top ten.

Source: TRM

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 was 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.