Last Saturday Natalia Gordienco won Finala națională 2020, earning the chance to represent Moldova at Eurovision in Rotterdam.
In second place was another well-known face of Eurovision: 33- year old Pasha Parfeny, who performed on stage in Baku in 2012 with the uplifting “Lăutar“.
This year Parfeny presented the song “My wine” — an ode to wine cellars, one of the peculiarities of the Eastern country.
At the end of the evening, both the jury and the televoting awarded Gordienko’s “Prison“, written and produced by Dimitris Kontopoulos, Philipp Kirkorov and Sharon Vaughn, first place. That suggests widespread agreement across music fans and music professionals alike.
The 32-year-old singer collected 3,022 votes, against Pasha Parfeny’s 1,617.
Almost 24 hours later, Parfeny posted a long message on his Facebook profile, lashing out about the results. He did not mention any specific names.
Prieteni, sunt enorm de recunosc?tor pentru toat? sus?inerea ?i aprecierea, pe care am sim?it-o ?i am primit-o de la…
Pasha starts by thanking his supporters, but then launches into a long rant questioning the transparency of the Moldovan selection.
Friends, I am very grateful for all the support and appreciation I have felt and received from you. For me this is the biggest prize, bigger than any place, obtained at any cost, material and emotional.
Before the competition there was an opinion that it would have been better to leave the competition and boycott Eurovision 2020. But for me the result of my participation in this selection is the confirmation that we have a lot of work to do to transform Moldova into a country of merit and justice.
Today I am saddened by the comments of European fans on social networks that say that we have proven to be a corrupt country where money decides everything. But this means that we still have to work on this chapter and we have to fight together to change something at home and be seen differently from the outside.
I am lucky to have your support. I have always been convinced that money, especially the dirty ones and what you can get with them, did not bring you satisfaction and happiness. I remain with this belief. Let’s continue to make art in Moldova. The waters pass, the art remains.
This is not the first time that a drama has broken out in the Moldovan selection for Eurovision.
Many of you will remember that already in 2015, the controversy was overwhelming after Ukrainian singer Eduard Romanyuta won O melodie pentru Europa with 13,500 televotes.
Allegations of vote rigging and corruption made by his fellow contestants and from the Eurovision fans overshadowed his victory. He denied all allegations of wrongdoing and there was never any hard evidence to prove the accusations.
Even at that time Pasha Parfeny, composer of the song “Maricica” by runners-up DoReDoS, reacted vehemently on Facebook by writing:
RIP EUROVISION MOLDOVA. It doesn’t matter that he is Ukrainian, what matters is that he is corrupt.
It is so obvious that almost everything was bought. Too bad… I feel ashamed.
Also Sunstroke Project, who came third in the Moldovan selection that year with “Day after day“, had harsh words, which, again, were denied by organisers.
Thanks to everyone who supported and voted for us!!! I think we were worthy to represent our country, but, regretfully, money is appreciated much more than art in our country. With respect, Sunstroke Project.
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