Anna Odobescu Ksenyia Simonova Moldova Eurovision 2019

A transatlantic sandstorm has been blowing for the past 24 hours or so. At one end is Moldova’s Anna Odobescu in Tel Aviv. On Monday, she had a first rehearsal centred around some impressive sand art. Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, we have a rather peeved Mika Newton — Ukraine’s Eurovision 2011 singer and the first performer to bring sand art to the contest.

Caught in the middle is Kseniya Simonova, the sand artist and common link between both performers. And the America’s Got Talent: The Champions bronze medalist wants to clear some things up.

Writing on her official YouTube channel, the Ukrainian reveals that, contrary to popular belief, the creative in the “Stay” stageshow is actually snow art not sand art. Apparently, this is more complicated and requires extra work.

Furthermore, it wasn’t a case of the Moldovan delegation seeing Ukraine’s eight-year-old entry and thinking “we’ll have a bit of that”! According to Kseniya, it was she who approached Anna. The O melodie pentru Europa winner was suitably impressed by the pitch and wasted no time in recruiting Simonova for #TeamMoldova.

Kseniya Simonova statement re Moldova Eurovision 2019

Yes! I am back! To this amazing stage and great festival called Eurovision Song Contect [sic]!
How it happened? I was dreaming to back for a few years, and at the same time – as an international performer – I felt that sand animation is not more enough for me. I want to create something else, something different. That’s how the SNOW ART (or snow graphic) appeared. Again only live hands and fantasy of an artist, but now it is more complicated and requires much more work.

I proposed my snow fantasy to Anna, who I consider one of the strongest voices of Eurovision, and was proud and happy to be invited to do her staging act as #TeamMoldova. It had to be a theater, not a mapping, or computer graphics, it is live, magic and… snowy! Yes, we indeed brought some winter breath in hot Tel Aviv! Moldova is a very relative country to me, it is a Motherland of my husband and producer, I come there very ofthen [sic], our big family lives there. So, I am proud and honored to be a part of #TeamMoldova!
See you in semi-final 2, on May 16th! Vote for #Moldova!

#TeamStay

Mika Newton has her final say

Yesterday, Mika Newton shared her thoughts on Moldova’s stage show with her Instagram followers. You can read all of that here. But long story short, she wasn’t best impressed.

Today, she had more to say, this time via a text update.

Dear Eurovision fans! Let’s make it clear cuz I’m tired of waking up to so many messages about Moldova’s entry this year. The only reason why I made a story about it was because so many people were asking what my thoughts were.

I didn’t even know Eurovision was on!

I’m living my happy life in America and I don’t watch it. So I wasn’t the one who started to compare myself to her, because I didn’t even know Anna exists. 

Newton continues by touching on her previous — and perfectly logical — confirmation that she didn’t invent sand art. She does, however, assert that she was the first to combine both sand art and song.

She concludes by wishing not just luck for Anna, but also the win.

Guess what? People and journalist will compare it’s a natural thing to do when you see or hear something familiar and if someone’s gonna do it again they will say they copied Ukraine and Moldova! So please let’s be respectful to each other and wish Moldova luck and to win Eurovision 2019! Sending you all love! Let’s be kind to each other.

What do you think? Snow art or sand art? Copy or not? Let us know in the comments below.

Follow all of our Moldova Eurovision 2019 news.

Photo:Andres Putting (EBU) / Mika Newton

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Miguel
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Miguel

Mika is very interested in the Moldovan act for someone who didn’t even remember Eurovision existed…..

Kseniya’s art is very impressive and I am glad she is back. She probably doesn’t remember that Mika person a few years ago, but this staging came out way too similar to that entry. They should have come up with something different and more dynamic. Just my opinion. The song also doesn´t help…

Una
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Una

Moldova’s delegation should have come up with something original. They make the contest, they choose how the act will be presented, and FFS, they must have known about Ksenyia’s involvement in Eurovision 2011. And I know that just as a fan, but these people from the delegation are paid to do their job. Anna and Moldova deserved much better.
Huge disappointment here considering they gave us those fab entries of 2017 and 2018 in recent years. From my third favourite country in Eurovision – 1. Romania, 2. Ukraine.

eveline
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eveline

Enough Mika, the artist is Kseniya. Good riddance, Mika!

Nash
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Nash

So much SHAAAAADE here
I don’t know her,
I didn’t know Euroivision is still going on
I invented singer and sand art combination
I have happy life in America

Ughhhhhh

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Kseniya’s return to Eurovision is an amazing spectacle – the art is stunning. Why only tell us this now though? Or maybe we were told and because it was Moldova, we didn’t notice? Anyhow, thanks to Mika Newton for helping to provide some much needed publicity for the snow art, even if it is from the “Mariah shade playbook”. 😀

Una
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Una

But this Moldovan entry is all about Ksenyia, not Anna!!!! Horrible, outdated Swedish song, however well delivered by a very talented artist. And Ksenyia’s connection to Moldova is sweet, but still.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I’m more worried that Kseniya considers Anna to have one of Eurovision’s strongest voices this year.

eveline
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eveline

But she does have a very good voice.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Compared to you and I, yes. Compared to some of the other artists, not so much!

eveline
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eveline

Nobody denies her good voice, only the song, precisely the chorus.

Jo.
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Jo.

now go back to your happy life in America.

Female
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Female

hahaha

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She didn’t know that eurovision was still on… who is this lady kidding??

Whisker
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Whisker

She’s unclassy.

Datme
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Datme

She wrote that she didn’t know it was on (meaning right now), not that it was STILL on.
It seems like you’re putting words in her mouth.

Ezal
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Ezal

Who’s Mika Newton tho, I literally googled her when I read here this story 😛

Héctor
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Héctor

Ugh isn’t Mika a bit arrogant. I wouldn’t even know her if it wasn’t for Eurovision. I didn’t like her entry and tbh I don’t like her now. Though she won’t care cause she lives in America and she doesn’t know I exists. `-¡-´

Whisker
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Whisker

I am not buying what she said. And it was so rude for her to say she didn’t know Anna. To add, I watched Eurovision 2011 and couldn’t remember Mika.

Jack
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Jack

She didn’t even know that the show she actually made her famous still exists? Bye shady Felicia, and lay off the botox

Candy
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Candy

maybe she meant she wasn’t aware that Eurovision 2019 is happening this month

TheDrMistery
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TheDrMistery

That is what I thought as well.

Una
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Una

Maybe she’s just green with envy.

Una
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Una

The shade. OMG. THAT SHADE! “I didn’t even know Anna exists […].”

P!nk Forever
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P!nk Forever

That‘s such a Mariah thing to say. I don‘t know her…

olvresc
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olvresc

She should have staged Darude and serve some epic sandstorm realness

Una
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Una

That’s sooooooo 2000’s. Hang on, just like Stay!