Which Natalia Gordienko Eurovision song do you prefer?

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!

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Jonny B
Jonny B
7 days ago

I would love some of Natalia’s sugar ngl

Sot
Sot
7 days ago

Well, “Sugar” is my 8th at the moment, it’s such a feel-good, catchy song and, most importantly, such a guilty pleasure! I’m 90% sure it’ll qualify.

About “Prison”, now, I feel it was an ok song with some potential but it was just too bland and pessimistic for no reason, so it didn’t fit Natalia…

blahh
blahh
8 days ago

gimme som sugahh

PP77
PP77
8 days ago

2020

Film
Film
8 days ago

I actually love both song.

Nick
Nick
8 days ago

Sugar has wannabe Loboda/Maruv vibes, don’t know if it’s bad thing though,
but Kirkorov must go, his open adoration for two bloody dictators is disgusting and shouldn’t be tolerated

Hellooooo
Hellooooo
8 days ago

My favorite is Prision, bc I can’t stand more than 20 seconds of sugar

Whisker
Whisker
8 days ago

My favourite is “Money talks”, with “talks” as in a verb.

Adriana
Adriana
8 days ago

She definitely turned me into a sugar addict.

esc_fl
esc_fl
8 days ago

Was I the only one who regularly listened to “Prison”? I thought apart from some of the generic lyrics the song was really good. Sugar is awesome as well but it seems a bit too forced, like it took all the qualities of different qualifying songs and mixed them in a blender. Still hoping it qualifies though!

Una
Una
8 days ago

“Sugar” seems more interesting but I think it’s a copy of K-pop from Korea of course. That K has nothing to do with the big bearded K. I wish Moldova had the guts to do something more local. As in Moldova-local or a hint of cooperation with Romania for example. Not Russia.

cai1995
cai1995
8 days ago

My number 1 this year, the beat just hits me where its good, but with all uptempo songs the staging and outfits will be make or break

Anna
Anna
8 days ago

Sugar is the better song, but, that’s because she took it straight from Loboda ?

Last edited 8 days ago by Anna
Aura
Aura
7 days ago
Reply to  Anna

And Maruv.

Ende
Ende
8 days ago

Thank you Natalia for bringing some lightness and brightness ! The song is not a winner but could be a surprising top 10 and might totally please the public.
Team Moldova !

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
8 days ago

Am I the only one who thinks this will have a hard time to qualify? I don’t think sugar has a wide appeal. It’s supposed to be a maruv like sexy song but I feel like serbia beat them to that + I think san marino, czech republic, greece, iceland and serbia all are uptempo songs with more televote appeal in the first half.

Benji
Benji
8 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

But don’t forget that Moldova is capable to create a staging with much more televote appeal than some other countries..

Una
Una
8 days ago
Reply to  Benji

It’s not Moldova. It’s K and his people.

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I’m certainly the one who hopes it won’t qualify, but it is in a super easy semi. I also think pretty much anything is sexier than a washed-up Kirkorov song.

Last edited 8 days ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Alo
Alo
8 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I think that too.. Most of the countries that gave them high marks in the past are in the first semi(russia, Ukraine, Romania, Israel, Azerbaijan and maybe more).
Now they have Greece and Georgia for juries and televotes points and maybe France and the UK for televotes.
But, if it will get to the final, I’m expecting them to get top 10.

Benji
Benji
8 days ago

“Prison” was ok, but “Sugar” is much better. Moldova’s entries are often underrated before the contest, they usually do better in the contest itself than in polls and betting odds. I’m quite sure it could be the case with “Sugar” too.

Last edited 8 days ago by Benji
Alo
Alo
8 days ago

For me Prison is a better song, but Sugar is more competitive.

Paul
Paul
8 days ago

I know I’ll probably the only person – but I loved both!

Colin
Colin
8 days ago

Sugar is likely the best song Natalia has had in Eurovision. Prison was much better than Loca. If she continues upgrading like this, she might be a contender to win by her 4th attempt. 😉

Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 days ago

Neither.

Last edited 8 days ago by Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
Mr Vanilla Bean
8 days ago

As far as the topics are concerned, I obviously prefer to get some sugar, instead of being in a prison of the mind as empty as the song. However, I prefer my sugar less pink and artificial and definitely less Kirkorovian.

blackandwhitecrimsonsky
blackandwhitecrimsonsky
8 days ago

sugarrrr i cant escape from this sugar
sponsored by mcdonalds

Esc addict
Esc addict
8 days ago

Easy choice here, Sugar for me. it doesn’t feel really moldavian but it’s a fun song.

Kosey
Kosey
8 days ago

I really miss the class, the sophistication, the maturity of Prison.The splashing 80s percussion, the internal conflict, the power and the poise.

Sugar is ok. It just lacks the oomph of last year..