Wiwi Jury, our in-house panel of music unprofessionals, is in Chisinau, reviewing the songs from Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2017. Next up is Aurel Chirtoaca, who returns to the contest with “Dor de mama” (Missing Mother). Will it make us miss our mothers or will it make us want to run back to mamma? Let’s find out!
Aurel Chirtoaca – “Dor de mama”
“Dor de mama” reviews
Patrick: Usually I’m fire and flame for traditional influences in a song, especially when they come from Eastern Europe. This piece of music though is something that I would never like to see at Eurovision – maybe in 1980 but not now. It is dark and dramatic, but Aurel Chirtoaca has no charisma whatsoever and conveys nothing. “Dor de mama” is very old-fashioned and cheesy, a pure snoozefest without any power or Eurovision feeling. Not in a million years.
Anthony: I’m tempted to put up a poster saying “Missing: A decent song for Aurel Chirtoaca. If found, please contact TRM”. “Dor de mama” ends up sounding like an incredibly dull, badly executed Balkan ballad. Aurel’s audition performance was lifeless and I’m baffled to how this made it to the semi-finals. If TRM are looking for variety in their semi-finals, they’re way off target.
Jason: “Dor de mama” is perfect. For Eurovision 1985. Which was 20 years before Moldova’s debut. My point is that this entry is seriously dated, and if I am honest, a bit creepy. I am usually partial to a Balkan ballad, but unfortunately for Aurel, not this time. Snore.
Antranig: The song has a promising start with the traditional instruments. Unfortunately that effect is quickly lost. As Aurel starts singing, I begin to doze off — not because his vocals aren’t good but because this turns into the most dire ballad since the one that won in Georgia. Aurel’s vocals are full of emotion and he completely slays but he needs a new song.
Luis: The ’90s came back and said hello, and left us Aurel here. “Dor de mama” is a failed attempt to create an emotional ballad. Although one can tell how Aurel Chirtoaca sings from the bottom of his heart, this song is utterly boring and old-fashioned. It was hard for me not to fall asleep while reviewing this song.
In our Moldova Wiwi Jury, we have 17 jurors but only room for 5 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 1 and a high of 6.5.