At Eurovision 2020, she planned to escape from her emotional “Prison” with a dramatic ballad co-written by Sharon Vaughn, Dimitris Kontopoulos and Phillip Kirkorov.
And now Moldova’s Natalia Gordienko is back in the studio recording a danceable Eurovision 2021 entry, which she hopes will get Europe moving.
Natalia, who sang the sensual number “Loca” at Eurovision 2006, has been getting crazy with her songwriting collaborators in Moscow at the iconic Vi Sound Studio.
As you can see in the clip below, originally uploaded by creative director and Dream Team friend and collaborator Ilias Kokotos, composer Dimitris is bobbing and bouncing — this ain’t no ballad! We’re taking this as a very good sign. Moldova does well when it leans upbeat and quirky, as seen through its best finishes on the scoreboard: SunStroke Project’s “Hey, Mamma!” (third place, 2017) and Zdob si Zdub’s “Boonika bate doba” (sixth place, 2005).
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Moldova’s #Eurovision 2021 singer @natalitsa will be going upbeat for #ESC2021 ? ?? As you can see in the above clip, composer @dimitriskontopoulos is feeling a beat as he works with Natalia and their other collaborators @sharon_vaughn, @the_andrew_weed, @iliaskokotos, @fokasevagelinos and @fkirkorov ? It’s an international collaboration in the true spirit of Eurovision?? ?? ?? ??
Natalia Gordienko recording upbeat dance song for Eurovision 2021
Fans who were introduced to Natalia through “Prison” may think of her as a ballad queen. It’s true that she can hit the big notes and slay emotion, as seen in her win at New Wave 2007 — the prestigious international contest for young performers. New Wave winners have also included future Eurovision stars like Sergey Lazarev (as part of Smash), Jamala, DoReDos and Croatia’s Damir Kedžo.
But beyond vocal gymnastics, she’s very much an established pop performer. In 2016, she collaborated with the Swedish R&B star and Melodifestivalen regular Mohombi. Their song “Habibi” combined Middle Eastern and Latin vibes, creating a breezy, summer feel. To date, the video has clocked up over one million views on YouTube. If she melds Moldovan sounds, a fierce beat and that voice we are already sold.
Natalia is very much a Eurovision performer doing things on her own terms. In July, she went ahead and announced she’d be returning to Eurovision in 2021 by updating 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”. Why wait for a press release, when you can be your own publicity machine?
Are you excited to see Natalia hit the stage in Rotterdam? Do you think a dance number is precisely what we need in these strange times? Let us know down below!