Yesterday the Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of musical unprofessionals — went to Moldova and explored the vast underground tunnels housing the wine collection at Milestii Mici. We found a cool corner, popped open a bottle and reviewed Moldova’s Eurovision 2015 singer Eduard Romanyuta and his song “I Want Your Love”. Did we also want his love? Or did we need to open another bottle to get through the three minutes? Read on to find out…

Moldova’s Eurovision 2015 song

Reviews: Eduard Romanyuta with “I Want Your Love”

Robyn: A song like this would have been super cool and edgy in 2002, but now it just serves as a weird memento mori, a reminder that time is passing and that we’re all going to die eventually. There’s no excuse – Israel’s “Golden Boy” proves that it’s possible to be influenced by 2000s pop without sounding tired and dated. Moldova is one of my favourite countries in the ESC, but this year’s outsourced effort has lost that Moldovan spark that usually makes them so enjoyable. But at least it will be an attention-getting start to semi-final one.

Score: 4/10

Moldova, Eduard Romanyuta, 3

Bogdan: Simply put, this song is bad. Which is a pity, because Eduard is a charismatic singer and his previous attempts to represent Ukraine (most notably “Berega” in 2011) were much better than “I Want Your Love”. Add this to a sub-par live performance in Chisinau (the kid can’t sing and dance) and an unfortunate draw in the semi-final and it won’t surprise anyone if Moldova will be out of the grand final once again. Unless they pull another amazing staging idea from their long, pointy hat – which wouldn’t surprise me.

Score: 3/10

Angus: If this had actually been entered for the contest in 2005 it might be a jam by now. As it is, we’re in 2015, and swaggy as the mid-’00s flute-playing, dancefloor sirens and 808 beats are, they also sound unbelievably dated. If Eduard were playing this for cheese you could buy into it, but he’s dropping it low with intensity. Unfortunately the overall effect is one of embarrassment for everyone involved.

Score: 3/10

Deban: After several failed attempts at home, the Ukrainian androgyne voyages to Moldova to score a victory. “I Want Your Love” is dated and the choreography that drives it is even more out of date! Romanyuta’s nasal interpretation speaks “amateur” in volumes. True, his toned arms mitigate his musical shortcomings, potentially placing him in the lead in our annual ENTMM poll. That’s his best bet for now, as I can’t see this advancing to Saturday’s show.

Score: 3.5/10

Luis: I can’t believe that this is the same country of Aliona Moon and Zdob si Zdub. Where did it all go wrong, Moldova? I have nothing positive to say about this song, and the good things I had to say about Eduard before are now eclipsed by the (lack of) quality of this composition. “I Want Your Love” is a prime example of of dated music, from the cliché lyrics to the early 2000s arrangement. I’m seriously tempted to ask my friends to come five minutes late on the night of the first semi-final so that they won’t run away after the first performance.

Score: 1/10

 

Josh: “I Want Your Love”? Eduard, I want you to shut up. This song is so atrociously outdated and awful. I can’t deal with the Zac Efron circa 2006 haircut. I can’t deal with the re-hashed film clip. This song makes me cringe, and not in a humorous way. The first line of the chorus is “No one can steal your thunder.” I can think of 39 other songs that will steal your thunder, Moldova. It’s like you’re aiming for last place in the semi-final again. Wake up, Moldova. Wake up.

Score: 2/10

Padraig:  Here’s the thing – Eduard is a perfectly competent pop singer. Sadly “I Want Your Love” is not a competent pop song. It sounds dated, and the production values are low. Eduard certainly performs this with gusto live (as I saw in Riga), and there’s a chance that he could convert fans inside the arena. However, without the usual eccentricities we’ve come to expect from Moldova, I seriously struggle to see this winning over tv viewers.

Score: 2/10

Interview: Eduard Romanyuta in Riga

William: Pretty sure someone slipped rohypnol in my drink. I’ve woken up in the late 90s and there’s a sleazy man wearing leather in the room. That Eduard won in Moldova pains me. One of my favourite Eurovision nations now finds itself on the verge of not qualifying for a second year in a row. To his credit Eduard is a strong live performer. But the fact that he performs first, coupled with this trainwreck of a song, suggests that won’t be enough. Not even Beyoncé could save this.

Score: 3.5/10

Chris: Call me mad, but I don’t quite hate this one. In fact, I almost enjoy it. Okay, so it’s not exactly a “relevant” song for 2015, but that alone doesn’t ruin the song. Eduard’s stage presence is right up there too and I think that he’ll actually be a really good opener for the contest. The performance itself needs some work, but it’s a memorable enough song and the chorus has a hook that sticks with you.

Score: 5.5/10

Marek: The chorus is really catchy – but I can’t give this song any more praise. “I Want Your Love” is really annoying. There’s no message in the lyrics, it’s just an empty ultrapop song. It sounds a bit like the UK’s song to me, but in comparison, the BBC is sending a much more catchy act. I’m sad for Moldova this year. I wish they would send something like “O Mie” again. Sadly, I don’t see Moldova in the final this year.

Score: 2/10

Our jury consists of 29 people, but we only have room for 10 written reviews. Here are the remaining 19 scores. 

Anthony: 8/10

Denise: 5/10

Francheska: 9/10

Judit: 2.5/10

Kristin: 3/10

Liam: 7/10

Mario: 2.5/10

Max: 2.5/10

Mike: 6/10

Mikhail: 2/10

Patrick: 3/10

Ramadan: 0/10

Renske: 1/10

Rezo: 5/10

Sami: 7/10

Sinan: 8/10

Sopon: 7/10

William C: 4/10

Zach: 2/10

To reduce potential bias, we drop the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. We removed a low of 0 and a high of 9.

WIWI JURY AVERAGE: 3.89/10

SEE OUR CURRENT EUROVISION 2015 REVIEWS AND RANKINGS

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BeeBee
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BeeBee

Only me who think this guy is kinda hot?

TeleRoger
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TeleRoger

I want your love
A song originally done by Nile Rodgers and Chic and indeed some bits of this song even have the chic refrain!
Yes he has the looks and the vid looks straight out of some 80’s or 90’s pop video but to be honest I don’t think we are going to be seeing or hearing much of this guy after his semi final appearance unless he’s on the dance floor at Euroclub

Leon
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Leon

This sounds like something Jessica Simpson would sing in 2001. 5/10

jimm
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jimm

wiwi jury is so funny, when they reviewed this entry in the national final seccion it had an avarage of 8,… and now it goes down to 3,… so much hate in few months. is not a good song but i can’t understand how a song can go with so much praise to so much hate rapidily

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Robyn Gallagher: No; because Monika’s old footage does not dominate the video, not even close. The video footage for Eduard’s “Berega” (including some of the sound effects) is practically the ENTIRE video for “I Want Your Love”. Big difference between using short clips in a new video, and selling an enormously large percentage of an old video as a new video.

fghjk
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fghjk

If this gets through i’m convinced he has rigged the votes.

WTF
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WTF

I can see why there were rigging accusations regarding his win… How could you send this crap when you had Epic Sax Guy and Co. or Miss M in your selection? WTF indeed…

Artyom
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Artyom

I really love this song (12pts from ARMENIA)

Francisco
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Francisco

Very clubby, I like it.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

This really got a 9/10 from human being with two functioning ears? Amazing. This is not as bad as some people are making out but it is pretty poorly written and Eduard is not a great singer. It seems to be the only song of its type in this year’s contest (maybe that tells its own story?) so for novelty alone…
4.5/10

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

Never mind. I checked the Wiki page and found the results. 🙁

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Escopei: Alas; if they were aiming to send a non-Moldovan, they would have done much better with Kitty Brucknell.

Who was the people’s choice in Chisinau?

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

The rule–which states that all songs must be recorded no earlier than September 1 of the year before–should also apply to their corresponding videos. The video we’ve been watching is NOT an original video; and the televoters and juries should know about it. It’s a 95% cut-and-paste job from his 2011 video for the song “Berega”. The only thing original about it are the jail-cell scenes, with him in chains; and there is so very little of it, that technically he has no video for his 2015 ESC song. He was 39th in my first evaluation (before I found out… Read more »

Otna
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Otna

That score is quite ludicrous. Sure this song is never going to win and is highly unlikely to even qualify but why take it so seriously – it’s just meant to be a fun and catchy number and it ticks all those boxes really well.

Darren
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Darren

The worst Moldovan entry ever! Complete trash in its highest degree. He cannot sing live, he thinks he looks sexy, but he really isn’t, the song is very dates and reminds me of an entry from 2002/3. Sorry Moldova, you have no chance once again. From a country that gave us Pasha Parfeny and Aliona Moon this is a massive disappointment. Moldova used to be one of those untouchable guaranteed finalists…oh how the mighty have fallen, 2 years in a row. 1/10 just because he can dance, thats about all he can do imo

Daniel
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Daniel

Awful. Like, awful.

Rayman
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Rayman

Moldova is 40th in my ranking, so yeah, I really don’t like this one. That’s pretty much it.

mocosuburbian
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mocosuburbian

oooh
last place in the rankings so far
I thought nobody would beat Cyprus

Jerome
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Jerome

1.5/10
One of three songs in the first semifinal that I absolutely do not want to qualify for the final. I don’t care for this song. It sounds cheap and dated. The 1.5 comes from the staging, which I’d much rather have as the video than a completely recycled one!

Easpag
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Easpag

No comment.

2/10

Deniz@TurkNL
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6/10

It sounds good and even though the video is kind of cheap, it still looks good.
My problem is his live voice, it is a little to “meh”‘ for me. (A word that a lot of readers here use).

Mario
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Mario

Well by the way,i have noticed too that Francesca’s votting many times is odd but ok…{with no offense to her of course..} ( I wouldn’t have the nerve to call her troll juror though..) Well the wiwi juries are not the real proffesional ones that will decide about the 50% on the real EuroVision so it doesn’t matter anyway.. The real juries if like or dislike certain songs to vote will not affected at all by the wiwibloggs juries here so just chill out.. Finland is expected to do not bad at all in the televoting alone even if it… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

Why is it bad to sound like a song from the early 2000s? Being someone who grew up in that era, I think that sort of sound is much better than today’s pop sound, where some sort of trashy snap beat or uninteresting/ugly dubstep-inspired background is a requirement to “sound modern.” Just think of Moldova’s nightmare from last year – shudders! Quite honestly, this sound is refreshing to me. And why, moreover, were there no such complaints on the embarrassingly low-quality “dance” instrumental from Serbia’s song? Oh yeah, female solo vocalist… Regarding the alleged vote rigging, honestly, this was really… Read more »

Fatima
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Fatima

More or less all the reviews published here jump on the “dated” bandwagon, but I’ve never understood why that is automatically a bad thing. If I liked a song in 1995 or 2005, I still like it in 2015. I like this one now and I’ll still play it in 2025 and 2035.

Leo
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Leo

I love the song, but live it’s an absolute car crash.

Eugene ESC UK
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It’s got to be bad Mike only gave it a 6/10, (hehe)!! Moldova usually relies very much on visuals, so I’m wondering what weird and wonderful gimmick they will come up with this year. Pasha Parfeny’s “L?utar” in 2012 was one of my favourite entries and this is a far cry from that. The mind boggles. Any way you look at this one song, it’s not very good and I don’t think anything can save it. This is one of the 8 songs this year that has a Swedish connection, (this one also has an Australian and British connection too!!)… Read more »

John
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John

I think Francheska is a troll juror. She gave Israel an 8/10, Belarus a 9/10 and Malta a 1/10. That or she has no taste at all.

Mar
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Mar

The song is bad, his live performance is even worse, but for some reason I love it and can’t stop listening to it.

George
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George

I definitely don’t want Moldova’s love this year. But I would love to get some love from Denise.

Mario
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Mario

Well its denitely NOT the worst…We have to thank Finland for that as not only the Finns sent the worst / least liked song 4 this year’s Vision but its their worst finnish ever entry too & possibly the worst song in history of Vision of all times.. Ok although it passes as fail copy kat of *Just A Little* by Liberty X that i LOVED its not truly bad song and i would had no problem hearing somewhere as i wouldn’t really mind…But its not a song that i would really want to listen to either.. If Moldova manages… Read more »

anonymous
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anonymous

Worst song this year…. 100% – 0.5/10 from me

Dally
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Dally

Overall the song appears to have come last with the jury. I hope it stays this way.

G
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G

It got a 3.98 and I still think it’s overrated

I’d love to read Francheska’s review for I cannot for the life of me comprehend how this got a 9…

Mario
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Mario

Well i want this to make the final more than Finland too…I have it almost last on the SF.. Finland’s ”song” really stands out as the worst song from all the 40…{would not even claim that its my least liked song compared with Moldova’s that i would use this term at least…Its my 38th rating it with 2,5/10 & i have Austria’s as 39th with 2/10…Finland’s is rated with big fat zero 0 of course.. } It is hella obvious that Eduard rigged the televoting in Moldovan NF as his televoting votes on the semifinal especially were massive and with… Read more »

Maltish
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Maltish

I want this to make the final. At least more than Finland.

Mario
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Mario

And it is really unfortunate that Moldova will have the privilege to open the live shows of this year’s EuroVision…Really turn off..

John
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John

Miss M should’ve won the NF. Her song would be one of the highest in rankings across the year, and the qualification would’ve been definite.

Does he not know he cant buy the televotes in semi 1, obviously he can buy the jury votes but after the rules were announced, they’d be more inclined to disagree.

Mario
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Mario

Agree fully with *Escopei* on that though..
Well Azerbaijan has done it already rigging the Vision with fake votes…Why not Eduard too… 😛
And it is very known that in the old era of EuroVision when our contest was not that popular compared with now, for real how many juries were corrupted with money and voted certain songs just because they got paid under the table…Everyone knows that…What a shame..

Esceire
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Esceire

“I want your love” more like ” I want you gone!” I remember watching this for the first time and i turned off after 30 seconds….that says it all.

Mario ~ Money Can Buy Everything In Our World...Even Gay LOVE ~ Wish I Was Rich Like Eduard Romanyuta Is..
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Mario ~ Money Can Buy Everything In Our World...Even Gay LOVE ~ Wish I Was Rich Like Eduard Romanyuta Is..

Im not fan at all of Moldova’s song.. I have it even outside of my top35 on the bottom last places.. Just a fail bad copy kat of old pop hits… And its very unnacceptable that this rich boy won Moldova’s NF with his daddy’s money…He rigged both the televoting & the juries…Only for this shameful energy im completely turned off.. 2,5 / 10 I really don’t know if Moldova will qualify to the final but i think that most likely will not.. ( P.S. ~ He has beautiful face to admit and if he cut his hair just very… Read more »

Anfrufrafrafra
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I actually like their song x’D

Aleksi
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Aleksi

Overrated

Jurgen
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Jurgen

My sense is that not even Moldovans want him to make the final.

*Escopei*
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*Escopei*

Vote for me song 1 in semi 1 and all your dreams will come true!!! I don’t think he could be more desperate. He could buy the votes instead. Again!