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He’s an active Twitter user who has, in recent months, offered insight into the Eurovision 2017 host city selection process, Turkey’s non-participation and San Marino’s yet-to-be-decided status.

And on Monday Zurab Alasania — the general director of Ukraine’s state broadcaster NTU — did it again, this time declaring that Moldova will participate in Eurovision 2017….despite the lack of any public confirmation from Moldova’s state broadcaster.

He did so in far fewer words, responding to Twitter user @Onuresc2012‘s question about Chisinau’s participation.

Moldova at Eurovision

Moldova’s ongoing silence over their participation could signal any number of things, but we’re remaining optimistic — and not just because of Zurab’s comments.

The little nation that could is full of the Eurovision spirit, regularly choosing its acts through the drawn-out national selection O Melodi Pentru Europa.

Chisinau has also delivered some of the wackiest and most memorable acts ever. From beyond bonkers act Zdob si Zdub to the beauty that is Aliona Moon, Moldova gets it.

Eurovision without Moldova would be like Christmas without your crazy grandmother, who shouts things at you which you don’t understand while dropping chicken on the floor. But you love her more than almost anyone.

Between 2009 and 2013, Moldova made the final every year, even placing 11th on two occasions — in 2012 and 2013.

But since then the Eastern capital of crazy has fallen on hard times at ESC, failing to advance from the semis for three consecutive years.

Cristina Scarlet did her best to show off her “Wild Soul” in 2014, even ripping out her weave. She finished last in her semi.

The following year Eduard Romanyuta called on leather-clad police women who resembled strippers. He finished 11th in the semi.

And last year Lidia Isac — one of our favourite personalities of the year — brought a space man with her to watch those gorgeous “Falling Stars”. She finished next-to-last.

Do you want to see Moldova back in the competition? And why do you think they’ve been so silent in recent weeks? Let us know in the comments box below.

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(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
3 years ago

Phew, I thought they would withdraw.

Lidia, I’m begging you, come back and get revenge for your robbery!

Pollaski
Pollaski
3 years ago

I thought we were past the pull-out deadline already.

Either way, I’ll be happy if Moldova’s in. I’m a more the merrier kinda guy, and the fact is, Moldova makes things interesting.

Kris
Kris
3 years ago

Why can’t Slovakia use some crowd funding and return??or private funding like B&h and malta

Mohrant
Mohrant
3 years ago

I love Moldova at Eurovision yeahhhhh!

Poli(na) Genova
Poli(na) Genova
3 years ago

@johanleekens Yep, I counted San Marino because I thought they had confirmed their participation, but I have just read what Robyn has written: “Btw, San Marino definitely has not confirmed. The broadcaster has specifically said that they haven’t decided yet”.

So… my bad :/

Polegend Godgarina
Polegend Godgarina
3 years ago

No surprises there. Australia is the other obvious one, then if San Marino and Kazakhstan take part it’ll be the real surprise!

Chicken Kyiv?
Chicken Kyiv?
3 years ago

Now at 41 , San Marino and Australia should take us to 43. No reason to kick Australia out last year that wasn’t there this year. San Marino haven’t confirmed but had serhat at their event briefly for upcoming shows on SMRTV.

I also have a good feeling about Kazakhstan taking us up to 44, as EBU made a point they couldn’t participate in previous years but this year’s rules haven’t been set yet. Why not just say no outright if not seriously considering a change.

Also don’t rule out Bosnia reversing their decision late like they did last year

Colin
Colin
3 years ago

Welcome Moldova 😉

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

Btw, San Marino definitely has not confirmed. The broadcaster has very specifically said that they haven’t decided yet.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
3 years ago

One of my favourite countries at ESC, and one that I always want to do well every year. They just need to sort out the national final so the best overall act is selected, not just the most popular artist. Because all those local fans won’t be voting at Eurovision.

Isaac Visser
Isaac Visser
3 years ago

Make Moldova Great Again

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
3 years ago

I used to like moldova in esc but i kinda lost them since 2014… I hope they can come up with something great again this year. Maybe they should try sending something in romanian.

johanleekens
johanleekens
3 years ago

@Poli(na) Genova
According to me we are on 41, did I miss something?
Which extra country are you counting (San Marino possibly)?

Poli(na) Genova
Poli(na) Genova
3 years ago

WOOHOO! We’re 42 now! Australia and Kazakhstan left.

Tick-tock tick-tock…

johanleekens
johanleekens
3 years ago

If it’s true it would be great, because I really thought Moldova would withdraw for next year’s contest