They said they’d never return to Moldova‘s national selection O melodie pentru Europa, but here they are again. Sunstroke Project, the 2010 Eurovision act that propelled Epic Sax Guy to internet meme status, are back in the game with “Hey Mamma”. But is it anything worth writing to mum about?
The song, an upbeat dance track with reggaeton influences, is bound to wake up the audience at the national final on 25 February. By all indicators, Sunstroke Project is very likely to reach it, given the competition so far. The trio, composed of violinist and songwriter Anton Ragoza, singer Sergey Ialovitsky and Epic Sax Guy Sergey Stepanov, is one of just 11 acts to have submitted songs to O melodie pentru Europa 2017. Tomorrow, 18 January, is the deadline for submissions, and, in true Moldovan tradition, that’s when most of the artists send in their songs.
Mihai Traistariu has also announced his intention to send a song to Moldova, but unless it is a duet, the regulation does not allow him to enter the track. There are rumours, however, that the singer will enter a duet with the 2007 Eurovision representative Natalia Barbu.
If more than enough songs are entered, a semi-final will be organised on February 24, but not before the live auditions, which will be broadcast live on January 21.
Two years ago, Sunstroke Project finished third with “Day After Day”, behind Eduard Romanyuta and Valeria Pasa in the national final, despite being the fan favourites to win. Will they be luckier this year?
Until then, what do you think about Sunstroke Project’s bid for Eurovision 2017? And do you like “Hey Mamma” more than Boris Covali’s “Calator”?