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.
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