She’s the glamorous and multi-talented star who was due to represent Moldova at Eurovision 2020. While Natalia Gordienko was earlier rumoured to have been internally selected for Eurovision 2021, she now appears to have confirmed her return.

Natalia Gordienko appears to have confirmed the news by updating the bio in her verified Instagram account. As well as noting that she’s a “Singer, TV host, model and mum of a beautiful boy”, her bio also says she’s the “Representative of Moldova on Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam”.

While broadcaster TRM has not yet confirmed that Natalia will be Moldova’s act for Rotterdam, it seems unlikely that Natalia would have updated her Instagram profile if the internal selection wasn’t definite.

Will the Dream Team be coming back as well?

In June, the Greek-language news site Eurovision Fun reported that Natalia Gordienko had been internally selected to represent Moldova at Eurovision 2021 — and again she would be working with the so-called “Dream Team”.

Greek songwriter Dimitris Kontopoulos, Russian maestro Philipp Kirkorov and Greek staging director Fokas Evangelinos were behind Natalia’s 2020 entry “Prison” and were reported as returning for her 2021 effort.

The Dream Team were also behind Moldova’s 2018 entry, DoReDos’s energetic romp “My Lucky Day”.

At this stage, the Dream Team have not yet confirmed their involvement for 2021.

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.

The internal selection of Natalia suggests that 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.

 

Eurovision 2021 confirmed acts so far

Natalia Gordienko will be the 19th artist from 2020 confirmed to be returning to Rotterdam.

  1. Australia – Montaigne (confirmed 2 April)
  2. Austria – Vincent Bueno (confirmed 26 March)
  3. Azerbaijan – Efendi (confirmed 20 March)
  4. Belgium – Hooverphonic (confirmed 20 March)
  5. Bulgaria – Victoria (confirmed 21 March)
  6. Czech Republic – Benny Cristo (confirmed 14 May)
  7. Georgia – Tornike Kipiani (confirmed 21 March)
  8. Greece – Stefania (confirmed 18 March)
  9. Israel – Eden Alene (confirmed 22 March)
  10. Latvia – Samanta Tīna (confirmed 16 May)
  11. Malta – Destiny (confirmed 16 May)
  12. Moldova – Natalia Gordienko (confirmed 15 July)
  13. The Netherlands – Jeangu Macrooy (confirmed 18 March)
  14. Romania – Roxen (confirmed 31 March)
  15. San Marino – Senhit (confirmed 16 May)
  16. Slovenia -Ana Soklič (confirmed 16 May)
  17. Spain – Blas Cantó (confirmed 18 March)
  18. Switzerland – Gjon’s Tears (confirmed 20 March)
  19. Ukraine – Go_A (confirmed 18 March)

What do you think? Are you happy that Natalia is returning to Eurovision 2021? What sort of song should she take to Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

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Heyey
Heyey
3 months ago

Apparently her 2021 song will sound nothing like “Prison”, but instead will be similar to Maruv’s “Siren Song” and it has already been written by Kirkorov and Kontopoulos. Working with those two was actually one of the conditions for her return. She will apparently record the song in Athens in September.

Last edited 3 months ago by Heyey
GEE
GEE
3 months ago

Loca, Boca, Choca, do you want it or not…Im glad Natalia is back.

Sniper K-Wolf
Sniper K-Wolf
3 months ago

Tamta had failed in 2019 to sending a song in half language (georgian/greek) but next year I hope to see Natalia singing a song in ukrainian-romanian language.

Timi
Timi
3 months ago

Great news!!! I hope we have more confirmations soon! They all deserve to come back!!!

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

Excellent news. I’m hoping for something equally as sophisticated and dramatic as Prison.

Ria van de Velde -NL
Ria van de Velde -NL
3 months ago

I am happy that Natalia will get a second chance to represent her country Moldova. I liked her song “Prison ” a lot and I hope for a great song for her next year !!

Alphalpha
Alphalpha
3 months ago

It’s actually her 3rd chance.

Heyey
Heyey
3 months ago

Wait, so is it confirmed that she will go to Eurovision 2021? TRM seems to be very quiet about it’s plans for Eurovision and usually they’re confirmed only until when the full list of participating countries is revealed. I’m kinda confused whether she will go or not, but EurovisionFun’s post and her Instagram bio seem to confirm that she will go…

Doris
Doris
3 months ago

Lol, would be too obvious if she wins a 2021 NF thanks to juries again.

Mita
Mita
3 months ago
Reply to  Doris

she won both the jury and the viewers vote in 2020

Sale
Sale
3 months ago

I want my country -Montenegro- back at esc again next year:(

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Yes!!! My understanding was that the Montenegrin broadcaster said that they were taking a break for a year skipping the 2020 edition. Which could have meant they were coming back in 2021. It would be great to see Montenegro back. My faves from Montenegro: Knez and Slavko!

Heyey
Heyey
3 months ago
Reply to  Sale

Montenegrin broadcaster got pretty lucky with their decision to withdraw. They saved on new cars for the broadcaster and in the end the 2020 contest didn’t even happen! I’m also hoping that we will see Montenegro back in the competition, they have been absent from the competition before and came back, so I am hopeful!
Also, it would be great to have Hungary back as well, but we will have to see how things turn out in the end and if the rumour about Eurovision being “too gay” is true.

Last edited 3 months ago by Heyey
Esc2021rotterdam
Esc2021rotterdam
3 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

Tbh I will be shocked if Hungary comes back next year. their attitude to the LGBT community lately is really disrespectful.

Sale
Sale
3 months ago

Well in Montenegro last week we legalized gay marriage so I hope we are on the good track to come back xD

Esc2021rotterdam
Esc2021rotterdam
3 months ago
Reply to  Sale

I think Montenegro will be back for next year. They withdrew this year for making cars for the broadcaster workers

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
3 months ago
Reply to  Heyey

Unfortunately I feel Hungary will be like Turkey and will be away from the contest for the indefinite future. Also the fact that Hungary didn’t broadcast Europe Shine a Light (while Montenegro and Bosnia, two other non-participating countries, did broadcast it) says a lot about the broadcaster’s feelings about Eurovision.

Erasmus
Erasmus
3 months ago

She is gorgeous and a lovely person. But her song(s)… I just want Moldova do to something modern for once, since they have a lot of successful acts (Irina Rimes, Valeria Stoica, Mark Stam, Carla’s Dream) yet they keep sending dated songs every year… Hope Romania’s success with Global Records inspires them 🙂

acp
acp
3 months ago

I was actually one of the few people that liked her song this year. But I hope the song she choses for next year will be loved because I would like to see her do well. She seems like a lovely person and I loved that she appeared in almost all of the live singing videos and fan videos after the cancelation of ESC 2020

Last edited 3 months ago by acp
Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

I am happy she’ll be there next year tho I didn’t enjoy her song this year 🙁