Twenty acts took to the stage of Moldova’s Finala națională 2020 this evening with the hope of being chosen as the act that will represent the country at Eurovision 2020 in May. In the end, it was Natalia Gordienko who rose to the top of the pack. She’ll be heading to Rotterdam with her song “Prison”.
Natalia previously represented Moldova at Eurovision 2006, performing the fun track “Loca” with Arsenium and Connect-R. The trio finished in twentieth place in the grand final.
This time, however, she’ll be heading to Eurovision with a more sophisticated number, a song which documents a woman torn between conflicting emotions.
Natalia Gordienko wins Finala națională 2020
Finala națională 2020 saw the twenty acts that passed through the live audition stage perform their songs for the Moldovan public at home and the jury in the studio.
Natalia Gordienko performed in the ‘dreaded number two spot’ in the running order. But, the star still managed to earn the highest number of votes from both the jury and the public, securing the victory.
Moldova’s Eurovision 2012 star Pasha Parfeni finished in second place. Maxim Zavidia took home the bronze medal.
Finala națională 2020: Jury Vote
Finala națională 2020: Public Vote
Finala națională 2020: Final Results
Natalia Gordienko – “Prison”
“Prison” is written and produced by the so-called “Dream Team”, who were also behind Sergey Lazarev’s “Scream” in Tel Aviv. Team member Philipp Kikorov previously produced Moldova’s Eurovision 2018 entry by DoReDos.
The “Prison” music was composed by Russian maestro Kirkorov and his Greek counterpart Dimitris Kontopoulos. Meanwhile, the lyrics were co-written by Kontopoulos and the American-born, Sweden-based songwriter Sharon Vaughn. Kontopoulos also produced and arranged the track.
Finala națională 2020: Running Order
- Denis Midone – “Like a Champion”
- Natalia Gordienko – “Prison”
- Geta Burlacu – “Răspunde!”
- Viorela Moraru – “Remedy”
- Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky – “Moldovița”
- Lavinia Rusu – “Touch”
- Dima Jelezoglo – “Do It Slow”
- Diana Rotaru – “Dale dale”
- Pasha Parfeny – “My Wine”
- Live Beat – “Love Me Now”
- Valeria Pașa – “It’s Time”
- Maria Ciolac – “Our Home”
- Sasha Letty – “Summer of Love”
- Irina Kit – “Chain Reaction”
- Petronela Donciu & Andreea Portărescu – “We Will Be Legends”
- LANJERON – “Hi Five”
- Julia Ilienko feat. Mishel Dar – “Tears”
- Catarina Sandu – “Die for You”
- Alexandru Cibotaru – “Cine te-a facut să plîngi”
- Maxim Zavidia – “Take Control”
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