She’s the singer who last represented Moldova at 2006 and was due to make a 2020 comeback. Now it seems Natalie Gordienko will get her chance to return to Eurovision. Song contest news site Eurovision Fun is reporting that Natalia Gordienko has been internally selected to represent Moldova at Eurovision 2021 — and again she’ll be working with the so-called “Dream Team”.
The Greek-language blog Eurovision Fun has reported the news, saying the comeback has been confirmed to them by a source and from a broadcast on a “local radio station”.
Reportedly, Moldova’s broadcaster TRM has internally selected Natalia to represent her country at Eurovision 2021.
And she is said to be working with the so-called “Dream Team” again. Greek songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos, Russian maestro Philipp Kirkorov and Greek staging director Fokas Evangelinos were behind Natalia’s 2020 entry “Prison” and are reportedly returning for her 2021 effort.
This suggests TRM won’t hold Moldova’s usual national final. Moldova may take inspiration from countries like Israel and Romania and hold a national final to select Natalia’s song for 2021.
However, it is important to note that at this stage, neither Natalia Gordienko, the Dream Team nor TRM have confirmed this news.
Natalia Gordienko’s journey back to Eurovision
Natalia previously represented Moldova at Eurovision 2006, performing the fun track “Loca” with Arsenium and Connect-R. The trio finished in 20th place in the grand final.
She returned to Moldova’s national final earlier this year with the dramatic song “Prison”. There she picked up the top score from both the jury and televote — and would have headed back to Eurovision this year, had the contest not been cancelled.
If Natalie Gordienko is confirmed for Rotterdam 2021, she won’t be the first Moldovan artist to return to Eurovision.
Zdob și Zdub and SunStroke Project have each represented Moldova twice, while Pasha Parfeny and Aliona Moon both performed in 2012 and 2013, each alternating as a backing performer for the other.
Eurovision 2021 confirmed acts so far
If Natalia Gordienko is confirmed for Eurovision 2021, she will be the 19th artist from 2020 confirmed to be returning to Rotterdam. Serbia’s 2020 act Hurricane is reported to have been asked back, but the group’s publicist has told wiwibloggs this won’t be confirmed until sometime in the autumn.
- Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
- Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
- Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
- Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
- Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
- Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 14 May)
- Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
- Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
- Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
- Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
- Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
- The Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
- Romania – Roxen (confirmed 31 March)
- San Marino – Senhit (confirmed 16 May)
- Slovenia -Ana Soklič (confirmed 16 May)
- Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
- Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
- Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)
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