Cristina Scarlat managed to upset her self-confessed rival Boris Covali in Chisinau tonight, winning the O melodie pentru Europa final with her song “Wild Soul”.
The Moldovan national final was an exciting show that started with last year’s winner, Aliona Moon, who beat Boris Covali, and ended with Cristina Scarlat’s victory against the same Boris, who, again, won the televote — but it was all in vain. We would not like to be in Boris’s white shoes tonight!
Cristina Scarlat is a worthy winner, with a fantastic voice and a song that has won over the Moldovan jury. “Wild Soul”, written by Ivan Akulov, with lyrics by Cristina’s niece Lidia Scarlat (who, incidentally, was the interval act together with her band Cuibul), is a dramatic ballad that showcases the singer’s amazing vocal abilities.
Here are the jury marks:
Here are the overall results:
Update: After the show, Cristina Scarlat told the media that she was “in utter disbelief but over moon” that she won. She said that she was very proud to be able to represent her country and that she would split the honour with Boris Covali if she could. On the other hand, Boris blamed the jury of discrimination, claiming that he did not win because his mother tongue is not Romanian, but Russian. He also went as far as to call his haters “fascists”, according to Adevarul daily.
What do you think about the result tonight? And what do you think about Cristina’s chances in Copenhagen?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.