It turns out that IVAN from Belarus and Lidia Isac from Moldova share more than beautiful, flowing blonde hair with red highlights.
While promoting their respective Eurovision songs at the Moscow Pre-Party 2016 over the weekend, Lidia found out that the Belarusian singer has Moldovan roots, and challenged him to some impromptu Romanian language singing.
IVAN told Lidia that his great-grandmother was Moldovan and that he never forgot the traditional folk song “Ioane, Ioane” that his mother used to sing to him. They proceeded to sing the chorus together, in a cute bonding moment that was shared by Lidia’s manager Serghei Orlov via Facebook.
Interestingly, the song is actually Romanian, but it was assimilated into the Moldovan culture thanks to the shared language. The song was made famous in the USSR by Ukrainian singer Sofia Rotaru, who also had Moldovan roots, in the 1980’s.
Interview with Lidia Isac @ Russian Eurovision Pre-Party Moscow 2016
Interview with IVAN @ Eurovision Pre-Party Riga 2016
Aw, these two. Should we ‘ship Lidia Isac and IVAN together in Stockholm? Can anyone say Ividia?
Photo: Vyacheslav Profofyev (GettyImages)