Everyone must fight for the people they love, says Anna Odobescu, Moldova’s representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Eurovoix got the chance to speak with Anna right before the show at Eurovision in Concert last Saturday, April 6 at the AFAS Live concert hall in Amsterdam. With the help of the interpreter on the Moldovan delegation, Anna had a chat with us about how she felt when she was chosen to represent her country, what Eurovision fans could expect when they visit Moldova, and the message she wants to convey with her song “Stay”.
Anna’s favorite Eurovision moment has, by far, been the moment she won O melodie pentru Europa, Moldova’s national selection show.
“I just couldn’t feel the earth under my feet,” she said. “At the time, it was amazing, the best thing that has ever happened to me until now.”
She invites all the Eurovision fans to visit her country, Moldova; she has nothing but good things to say about her homeland.
“We are a hospitable, friendly, talented people with a lot of traditions,” she said. “You will never regret visiting Moldova.”
When asked about her song, “Stay,” Anna clarified that while the song didn’t come from her personal experiences, she uses the opportunity to encourage the listener to stay strong in their feelings.
“Even if it’s not an autobiographical song, and it’s not about some feelings or something that happened in my life, I want to encourage couples with this song to fight for love,” she said. “It’s not about disappointment, it’s about fighting for love and being together, no matter what.”
Anna will perform her song “Stay” in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv on May 16. She is one of 18 acts that night vying for 10 slots to the grand final.
Thanks are in order to Anna, the Moldovan delegation, and the organizers of Eurovision in Concert for making this interview possible.
Moldova debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 when the contest was 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 it to the final between 2014 and 2016. Moldova finished 3rd at the 2017 contest in Kyiv, Ukraine marking the best result to date for the country.