Broadcaster TRM is yet to officially confirm Moldova‘s participation at Eurovision 2018, but thanks to the success of SunStroke Project in Kyiv, it’s pretty much a given. Also a given is that Sasha Bognibov will submit a song to the national selection O melodie pentru Europa: “Love” marks the brooding artist’s 18th attempt to represent his country at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Marking a departure from his past as a lover of 13-year olds (and we mean literally: “I Love The Girls Of 13 Years Old”) and as a political dissident (when he tried to “Stop The Liars”), he returns to the romantic soul that he’s gotten us used to (we’re looking at you, “Wounded Swan”). And now Sasha Bognibov shows us how much he has evolved musically.
The alternative rock track “Love” wouldn’t have sounded out of place on a Placebo album. Granted, 15 years ago, but still, it’s a genuinely praiseworthy effort. From the instrumentals to the vocal rendition and the lyrics, “Love” is a beautiful, angsty, haunting anthem that demands repeat listen. “Every boy and every girl, Every animal and plant, Everybody in the world, We are waiting for your love,” Sasha cries out, and we couldn’t agree more.
Hopefully, love is what Moldova’s national jury will also give Sasha Bognibov, because if ever there was a year when he deserved to advance to the live stages of the national selection, this is it. Pending a flawless live performance at the auditions and a positive attitude towards the judging panel, we can hope that the misunderstood and often ridiculed singer will finally catch a break. After 17 attempts, Sasha most certainly deserves it.
Update: Sasha Bognibov promoted his song on ProTV Moldova. Unfortunately it’s not live singing per se, but Sasha’s performance is still a spectacle, as always. Enjoy!
What do you think about Sasha Bognibov’s latest attempt to impress the O melodie pentru Europa jury? Is “Love” going to make it to the semi-finals? Let us know in the comments!
It is the 12th participation and the 19th song, because in some years I participated with 2-3 songs.
His records do not sound worse than other singers in Moldova. Some records sound even better. There’s no other singer in Moldova using so many voices sung by a single person. It’s not so easy even for some professional singers who prefer using one or two voices without any additional effort. Many of them won’t be able to do it or will need some effort and a lot of work. Many comments are anonymous, because he is quite appreciated by the public in Europe, Romania, Ukraine, America if we try to analyze his videos on Youtube, etc.
He can try a duet with Vasilije Ojdanic from Montenegro.
Does he actually have a career as musician or so in Moldova or is he just a seriously help needing Eurovision fan with mental problems???
He should try in San Marino. Seriously. Moldova is seeing him as old news. After 3rd place in Kyiv, Moldova will not rely on Sasha. He is losing his time this year with Moldova. Go to San Marino!!!!
You beat me to it! 😛
Has Vasilije submitted an entry in San Marino? :-X
He’s definitely sick…
It’s by no means as terrible as his previous efforts – but that’s pretty much it. I don’t think that people who are not familiar with his oeuvre will consider this good.
Don’t forget that his song “Insane (Against Corruption)” entered top 15 among 94 in Romanian Selection 2 years ago.
This wacko is back? He should be in the loony… He’s obviously sick, they won’ t ever accept him in the Moldovan selection, that doesn’t mean he can’t register, his participating fee won’t hurt the broadcaster… Otherwise, he’s definitely nuts… He’s really insane, guys!
Is that a professional opinion or are you just judging him too harshly? Let the man try, if that’s his passion. No need to call people sick, insane etc.
Who said he evolved musically? This sounds as boring and shallow as ever. xD
Me. Compared to his first efforts, it’s very obvious that he’s evolved.
I’m a little surprised this article wasn’t written by Robin 😛
Haha we share the same passion for the Bognibov 🙂
It was my turn to swoon.
Please not haha, don’t wanna be rude, but he is super creepy.
I’m not the biggest fan of his entries, but given all his attempts he should get a place in the Moldovan NF at least.
Amazing video 😛