Natalia Gordienko_ Prison Moldova Eurovision 2020

Little has been heard from Moldova‘s broadcaster TRM since Eurovision 2020 was cancelled. But now the broadcaster has confirmed what fans have long suspected: Natalia Gordienko has been internally selected to return to Eurovision 2021.

The broadcaster announced their decision on Tuesday in a press release. TRM confirmed that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they would not be able to hold their usual national final. This is only the second time that Moldova has not selected its Eurovision act with a national final.

Performers and production crew involved in a national final would exceed the 50-person limit placed on such events in Moldova. As well, social distancing would not be possible within the confines of a television studio.

Instead the Moldovan organising committee has internally selected Natalia Gordienko. The committee acknowledged that after winning the 2020 edition of the Moldovan national final, Natalia had not been able to go to Eurovision 2020 due to its cancellation.

Natalia’s song for Eurovision 2021 will also be internally selected and will be released by 8 March.

Natalia Gordienko’s journey to Eurovision 2021

While this is the first time TRM has commented on their plans for Eurovision 2021, the return of Natalia Gordienko may come as no surprise to some Eurovision fans.

Back 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”.

Then in July, fans noticed that Natalia had updated her Instagram profile, describing herself as “Representative of Moldova on Eurovision 2021 in Rotterdam”.

The Dream Team connection was also confirmed in September when collaborator Ilias Kokotos shared a video showing Natalia hard at work in the studio, recording with members of the creative team.

 

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Natalia previously represented Moldova at Eurovision 2006, performing the dance 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.

What do you think? Are you glad that Natalia has finally been confirmed for Rotterdam? What sort of song should Natalia take to Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!

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ESC8
ESC8
3 months ago

Like we didn’t know it since 15/7/2020! In any case, if they are about to reveal their entry in 8/3 it’s a good thing, because everyone else seems to choose 13-15/3. So they’ll have a kind of momentum for their own

Nicolas
Nicolas
3 months ago

It was already an internal selection last year if you know what I mean…..

Talentina Monetta
Talentina Monetta
3 months ago

Good for her! I thought this was already confirmed but I guess it wasnt official then

Paul
Paul
3 months ago

I acknowledge I’m very much in the minority but I loved Prison! It was second most listened to song on Spotify last year!!

Nick
Nick
3 months ago

Kirkorov became absolutely toxic man, even his very famous ex wife Alla Pugacheva( a big pop star in Russia, she was in ESC too) unsubscribed of all his social media after he supported Putin (again) speaks against recent Russian protests when people been beaten to the pulp by police and arrested just say something against Putin’ regime

Mita
Mita
3 months ago
Reply to  Nick

Oh please. Can’t you understand that no one really gives a [email protected]#t about all this?

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
3 months ago
Reply to  Mita

A lot of us do, Mita.

EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

No we don’t . Take your political issues to the European court.
This is a SONG contest.
We had enough of Eastern Europe politics.
Do you see anyone from the United Kingdom attacking Boris for the 100.000 people that have died because of his politics during the pandemic?
Crow up

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

Yes. There are so so many people complaining about Boris. Do you live under a rock

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

Also, you don’t speak for me. I DO care. And frankly, before you tell somebody to grow up, pass the 3rd grade standard for grammar first.

EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Ashton Schier

No one complains about Boris in a EUROVISION fan site. GROW up!!! Take your political issues somewhere else.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

There’s a difference between handling a global pandemic wrong and being a violent dictator like Lukashenko. BRTC doesn’t even comply with EBU membership laws anymore since it’s a full blown puppet of the lukashenko dictatorship. All independent journalists got kicked out last summer and only supporters of the regime will be allowed to compete in ESC. Why should we let a broadcaster who isn’t able to live up to basic EBU requirements, values and standards compete again?

EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

What about the Austrian Congealer, who formed a coalition government in with the populist and reactionary Freedom Party, bringing a movement that was founded by neo-Nazis back into a position of power?
Should we start hate comments under any article connected with Austria because of that?

Ria van de Velde
Ria van de Velde
3 months ago

Good Luck for Natalia and Moldova. I hope for a great song. I liked “Prison” a lot last year.

SerHat
SerHat
3 months ago

Quick everyone, pretend to be shocked!
Tbh we kinda knew this since July 2020. Good luck to her and Moldova tho, I hope her song is good!

Last edited 3 months ago by SerHat
Linus
Linus
3 months ago

bad news for anyone who is working with Kirkorov in dream team: He sings in a dicusting PRO Lukasjenko song and supporting the killer and dictator. He is also banned 5 years from Lithuania.

Joe
Joe
3 months ago
Reply to  Linus

Yuck! And here I thought he was chill for supporting Crimean independence.

BoyWithEmotions
BoyWithEmotions
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

he supported Crimea anoxion and war against Ukraine from the start and Putin gave him a medal, then he supported Lukashenko in his bloody terror,
and btw folks from Little Big his best friends, they celebrated orthodox xmas together

Nick
Nick
3 months ago
Reply to  Joe

please check Kirkorov’ Insta his latest post literally said ‘Putin is the best leader in the world and blah blah’
he translated main part for his worldwide fans… brrr, I felt physically sick after reading it…

Last edited 3 months ago by Nick
Mita
Mita
3 months ago
Reply to  Linus

In a free world everyone is FREE to make their political choices.Democracy means to respect the views of others even if you disagree with them.

Azaad
Azaad
3 months ago
Reply to  Mita

That’s a superficial understanding of democracy to be honest. Democracy is also about leaders being accountable to their citizens and respect for the sovereignty of other nations.

Tibor
Tibor
3 months ago
Reply to  Mita

If you live in a free world and a democracy that may be true, but fact is, in Russia and Belarus you are precisely not free to make your political choices.

KarmaLeon
KarmaLeon
3 months ago

There is a god – now i know it … no moldavian final lol

Last edited 3 months ago by KarmaLeon
Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago

Well it can’t get much worse than ‘prison’…. Can it?

Kosey
Kosey
3 months ago

Really glad to see Natalia back. Hopefully we will get something as classy and sophisticated as Prison.

FanESC
FanESC
3 months ago

I didn’t like a all “Prison” but I’m very happy for her and hope she can bring something better than her 2020 entry.

Me!
Me!
3 months ago

One more country to revel it’s song in March, we’re rolling a dice here and it better land on the right number

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago

“Prison” was such a perfect video, and actually one of my favourite Kirkorov songs, musically. I wonder what 2021 will bring.

raylee
raylee
3 months ago

I’m still waiting for Athena Manoukian. It’s almost February !!!!!!!

Leo
Leo
3 months ago
Reply to  raylee

Me too (I have stated why clearly several times)- Genealogy (who are from 5 continents and whose song was announced with) and the 2012 selection that never was are the only internal selections from them that are later than this point. I worry that it will affect the quality of her song (particularly as Chains relied on fan scrutiny for the revamp) and I have read that they had agreed her in principle ages ago but various matters have delayed confirmation and they are unsure they are even entering. But who knows, maybe she wrote hundreds of new songs in… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Leo
raylee
raylee
3 months ago
Reply to  Leo

As i heard from Armenian pages , the channel choosed her in summer and they planned to announce it in November. But in late September , the war started and because of the war AMPTV is broke now. Due to economic issues , they can withdraw. But i see her liking the comments like ”Athena to Eurovision 2021” and i think they haven’t decided yet. If they think participate , they should be hurry because time is ticking and she has to make a song in a very limited time. She is a real angel and i don’t want her… Read more »

Leo
Leo
3 months ago
Reply to  raylee

I know that Chains On You was made in a rush, but that was in private, and it still needed the revamp to get people talking. She also doesn’t have a lot of turnover, on the scale of Benny or Hurricane. I worry that all these problems are undermining her, and I have stated very clearly why she really deserves it, and why I am so invested in Chains. The HOD recently posted his endorsement of her new song, and part of me has even thought about it being shoehorned in even though she wrote it 5 years ago and… Read more »

Bonny
Bonny
3 months ago

I just wish Kirkorov would be completely cancelled by Eurovision family after his constant and open support for many many years two bloody dictators Putin and Lukashenko, ugh!
btw, he got banned in many countries not only in Ukraine, there is a long list

anyway I sincerly wish beautiful country Moldova good luck!

Last edited 3 months ago by Bonny
EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Bonny

Eurovision is NOT about politics.
It’s time for Europe to get rid of all east USSR countries that bring their problems to the contest.
ENOUGH! Esc is about MUSIC !!!
Everyone is free to support who ever he wants. If Kirkorov wants to vote and support Putin, it’s his personal decision, that in DEMOCRACY we should respect, even if we disagree.

Kate
Kate
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

there is no such a thing like democracy in countries like Belarus or Russia or fair elections, Kirkorov openly supports bloody terrorism against civil people, but yeah let’s just celebrate and pretend it’s ok…

Last edited 3 months ago by Kate
EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Kate

Kirkorov , and any Kirkorov are free to support who ever the want!!!
I really hate all these politics in esc!!!
E N O U G H

Kate
Kate
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

so support terrorism,war, invasion of neighbors territory, murdering civil people it’s a democracy now?
oh, ok then…

EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Kate

File a case against him to the European court! This is a SONG contest !!! We are FED up with your political agent of former USSR Countries

Kalla
Kalla
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

I completely agree, but eurovision will always be political whether we like it or not. It always has been. Banishing former USSR countries the contest only makes it more political. All we can do is use the message of eurovision to influence those countries morals as a collaborative.

Linus
Linus
3 months ago
Reply to  Kalla

Belarus have FORBIDDEN all artists who are against the dictator to compete so you cant mean you still want Belarus in ESC?

Linus
Linus
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

Why are you so ignorant? Belarus dictator regime is NOT allowing VAL to compete because VAl do not support the regime. Putins Russia have put Navalhny and all who speak against the dictator in prison. ESC is about FREEDOM. then you cant have 2 dictatorships in

Michaela
Michaela
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

must be nice to feel so priviledged so you don´t have to care… for some, politics is about fighting to survive

EmilyG
EmilyG
3 months ago
Reply to  Michaela

Fight somewhere else.
This is NOT the place for you and any other person from Eastern Europe to fight for your political rights.
This is a SONG contest. We judge songs , we love them or hate them , but we don’t judge the politics of each country.
You need to respect this once and for all.
If you have a problem with Kirkorov , or Putin , or Luckochenko this is NOT the place to solve it.

Leif
Leif
3 months ago
Reply to  EmilyG

I’m sorry, but what is wrong with you Emily? Who do you think you are? You sound like you think you run this site and decide what goes and what does not here. You don’t. And “yelling” does not make you more right. Others have already told you why your arguments do not hold up, so I won’t bother. We can agree that it would be nice if politics didn’t spill over into something like Eurovision but it is unavoidable. Don’t like it? Don’t read it or find another site. You scream about democracy but have difficulty letting others voice… Read more »

Una
Una
3 months ago

Great news from Moldova – Natalia’s participation officially confirmed.
Re: “Natalia’s song for Eurovision 2021 will also be internally selected. It will be released by the EBU’s deadline of 8 March.” – Mello’s final is on 13th of March.

What’s going on about the final date for the submission of the song? The “live-on-tape” submission is on 26th AFAIR which makes sense – choose the song and have enough time for the recording.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Oh, blimey, you are correct! How is this even possible? My head is spinning now.

Tim
Tim
3 months ago

I love her and I loved her bop Prison. It would’ve qualified. Let’s hope she get a bop this year too.