Following the cancellation of Eurovision last year, the majority of the class of 2020 received the comeback ticket to sing again at Eurovision 2021. A massive 26 artists will return to represent their countries at Eurovision 2021. But as per the standard Eurovision rules, they’ve all got new songs.
Thus, comparisons to their previous entries are inevitable. So, we want to hear from our readers. We’re running a series of polls to ask — do you prefer the returning artists’ 2020 or 2021 songs?
Today, we’re shining a light on Moldova. In 2020, Natalia Gordienko was set to take “Prison” to Rotterdam. This year, she’ll be singing “Sugar” at Eurovision 2021. But which song is your favourite? Vote in our poll now!
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“Prison” (Moldova 2020)
Natalia Gordienko earned the right to represent Moldova at Eurovision for the second time after winning Finala națională 2020 (Natalia previously competed at Eurovision in 2006). Her song “Prison” was a dramatic ballad that explored a woman tormented by the different emotions she feels towards a complicated lover.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — awarded “Prison” a score of 5.75/10. Wiwiblogger Natalie had the following to say when reviewing the song:
“Eurovision wouldn’t be Eurovision without some way-too-dramatic pop music from Eastern Europe. Those dark pulsating beats always need to see some life, and Natalia is great at this. Maybe I’ve just acquired a taste for this kind of music over the many years of Europop in my life, but I have a big soft spot for this song. Maybe it’s just my love for the thick bass line, but when Natalia shouts “PRISON”, I just swallow it up. And then the woodwind comes in… and it’s just so good. I’m sure it would’ve crashed in the semi-final but I’ll still replay it over and over.”
“Sugar” (Moldova 2021)
For 2021, Natalia was re-selected internally by broadcaster TRM. This time, the Moldovan star will hit the Eurovision stage with “Sugar”.
In contrast to the darkness of her 2020 entry, “Sugar” is a sweet and syrupy upbeat pop track filled with plenty of instrumental dance sections.
Poll battle — Moldova: Which Natalia Gordienko entry do you prefer?
In this poll, you can only vote for one song — so choose wisely. And as always, you can only vote once. Let the battle commence!
Which of Natalia Gordienko’s Eurovision songs did you vote for? Are you Team “Prison” or Team “Sugar”? Let us know in the comments below!