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.
- 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)
- Moldova – Natalia Gordienko (confirmed 15 July)
- 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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