Moldova may be one of the poorest countries in Europe, but it sure did invest a lot of money and energy into selecting Pasha Parfeny for Eurovision 2012. After a marathon 3.5 hour long final, featuring 21 songs and special appearances by our favorite Afro-Ukrainian singer Gaitana and Swiss cutie patootie duo Sinplus, Pasha walked away as the brightest star in Chisinau—and the one with a ticket to Baku.
But Pasha didn’t win without a bit of drama. He may not be a blonde woman who resembles a man in the right light, but he does share a lot of other traits with Charlotte Perrelli. That’s because he won the crown without winning the televote. Although Pasha placed first with the jury—thereby receiving their maximum 12 points—he only finished second with the public—thereby receiving ten points from them. Cristina Croitoru won the public vote, but with only 4 points from the jury, she fell to second overall.
Did the jury make the right call? Watch the videos below and let us know whether you prefer Pasha or Christina!
Watch Pasha’s performance of “Lautar”:
Watch Cristina’s performance of “Fight for Love”: