The Moldovan jury for Eurojury 2020 is formed of five members, consisting of Vanya Luca, Maru Petrova, Vera Turcanu, Lemonique, and Eduard Romanyuta.
Each voting nation is represented by a jury consisting of past Eurovision, Junior Eurovision, national final participants and special guests. Each juror is asked to form a ranking of their favourite competing songs which is combined with the other jurors in their country.
Being a huge fan of the contest, Vanya first travelled for the contest in 2016 to Stockholm. Later in 2018, Vanya was PR manager and Head of Press for Moldova during the contest in Lisbon when the country was being represented by trio DoReDoS.
Vanya is also a keen blogger and does voice over work for TV news. He recently revealed he was in discussions to be this year’s spokesperson at the contest for the Moldovan jury, however unfortunately before the broadcaster came to a final decision, the contest was cancelled.
More information can be found through his Facebook page.
Maru Petrova is known in the Eurovision community for her role as the Staging Director for the Moldovan Eurovision selection show between 2016 and 2019.
During Maru’s time as Staging Director for the selection show, two of the four eventual winners of the show went on to advance to the Eurovision final, with SunStroke Project coming third, Moldova’s best ever placing at the contest. She currently works as an editor at Russia Radio Moldova, and also runs an entertainment company called Marumojet.
More information can be found through her Instagram page.
Vera Țurcanu is a singer based in the Moldovan capital of Chișinău. She has made several appearances in singing competitions in Moldova such as Star of Chișinău, but has also competed internationally in X Factor Romania and The Voice of Turkey.
Vera has made three separate appearances in the Moldovan selection show. The first being in 2015 when she performed the song “Faith” with fellow singer Diana Popa. She returned in 2018 as a solo artist where her song “Black Hole” finished in 2nd place in the grand final. Her final appearance came last year in 2019 where her song “Cold” got 4th place. She has since released another song titled “Umbrele”
Lemonique are a three piece Moldovan group. The group is comprised of Mary Vegga as the front woman, with Segiu Ionas on guitar as well as the group’s manager, and the drummer that goes by the name Mr Rabbit.
The group were founded in 2017 and enjoying performing songs in pop, pop-rock, funk, dance, hip-hop and R&B styles. They take musical inspiration from artists such as Michael Jackson, Daft Punk and Jamiroquai.
Following the release of songs such as “Demons”, in 2019 Lemonique attempted to represent Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest. Their song “Gravity” was one of the songs in the Moldovan selection show that year where it finished in 5th place.
Born in Ukraine, Eduard Romanyuta is best known for representing Moldova in the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria. His song “I Want Your Love” sadly did not make it to the grand final of the competition.
Eduard had entered the Moldovan selection process due to Ukraine withdrawing from the contest in 2015, he had previously attempted to represent Ukraine at the contest three times between 2011 and 2013. His best attempt previously to represent Ukraine came in 2013 when his song “Get Real With My Heart” finished in third place of the selection show.
In addition to his singing career, Eduard is also an actor, songwriter and TV presenter. Back in 2004, the prime minister of Ukraine awarded him with a diploma and medal for his talents and he has won several awards since.
The Moldovan Votes
As revealed previously, in alphabetical order, the top 10 countries selected by the Moldovan jury are:
- Iceland (Top 3)
- Lithuania (Top 3)
- Russia (Top 3)
Moldova will feature in the 5th position in the second semi final of Eurojury 2020 on Wednesday the 29th of April. Moldova were due to be represented in the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 by Natalia Gordienko with the song “Prison”.
About Eurojury 2020
Eurojury will return in 2020 for the eighth broadcast of the most accurate simulation of Eurovision results. 180 Eurovision winners, past participants, national finalists and a handful of special guests are due to take part in this year’s edition, which will be broadcast live on Showcase, by Eurovoix on May 1st.
For the past two years, Eurojury has correctly identified the winner of Eurovision with both Netta and Duncan Laurence topping the overall leaderboard in Eurojury and the Eurovision Song Contest itself. Eurojury also correctly identified four out of the top five acts in the final in Tel Aviv.
For a fifth consecutive year, Rob Lilley will present the coverage. This will be the third time he has been the sole presenter following two editions with a co-host – 2016 with Karl William Lund and in 2019 with Alice Chapman.
Directing the show once again will be Samuel Deakin – he has conducted this role on every edition of Eurojury. Heading up the production will be James Rowe after he co-produced the broadcast in 2019.
We’re pleased that we have partnerships with multiple trusted Eurovision brands this year: Eurovision Hub, Aussievision, ESCXTRA, Eurovision Showcase and The Euro Trip. Each brand will be supporting Eurojury 2020 in the run-up to the three broadcasts on April April 27, April 29 and May 01.
Follow all the latest updates about this year’s broadcasts on eurovoix.com as well as on Twitter, @Eurovoix and @Eurojury2020.