Picture: Fratii Advahov

After the audition phase, Moldova’s public broadcaster chose legendary local group Zdob și Zdub and folk musicians Frații Advahov to represent the country at Eurovision 2022. It’s the third time the band will represent Moldova at the contest. Lead singer Roman Iagupov recently discussed the group’s decision to team up with the folk musicians and to return to Eurovision with Russian radio station Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda.

With their song “Trenulețul”, Zdob și Zdub and Fratii Advahov have scored a big local hit already. With over two million views on YouTube, the song was a clear winner during the audition phase where it was chosen by five-piece jury, including Eurovision alum Aliona Moon. 

Talking about their Eurovision journey so far, Zdob și Zdub lead singer Roman Iagupov told Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda

“But this time, we can say that we are not going alone. We are going to Eurovision with a project. It’s a project, Zdob si Zdub and the Advahov brothers. The Advahov brothers are two educated virtuoso musicians, who know classical music, traditions, and traditional Moldovan and Balkan music.”

“We decided with them, before Eurovision, to do a musical project. We are going to call it like that: ‘Folklore and rock’n’roll’, we started the work on an album, we recorded a single. The song is called ‘Train’. It’s the wild train on which musicians travel their whole lives with their songs. We rather decided to spontaniously participate in Eurovision, therefore saying that Zdob si Zdub is going for a third time to Eurovision is not exactly right. It’s Zdob si Zdub and the Advahov brothers. It’s a project.”

Roman Iagupov discusses ageism in music

The group’s main goal is not to win Eurovision. Lead singer Roman Iagupov told Radio Komsomolskaya Pravda that they are seeing it differently. He said: 

“We only want to give people happiness with our song. And spreading happy music on the whole planet.”

For a small while, Roman discussed ageism in music. Being a 48-year-old himself, he does not feel that his age and the age difference between him and other contestants will hinder him. When asked about their average age and whether they wouldn’t come across as “granddads teaching the youngsters music”, Roman said: 

“We are not the first that have submitted an entry for the third time. There were Irish people who won Eurovision in the 1990s three times. Three years in a row, and a year after that, they won a fourth time. In principle, we are not depending on some kind of age, because we have an artistic nature and are musicians, therefore we are easily past forty [years old]. There were probably contestants that were more mature.”

“Who knows? When we are going to be like Buranovskiye Babushki, only it would be granddads, we will definitely win the Eurovision Song Contest! [laughs].”

Do you like Moldova’s entry for Eurovision 2022? Will you support Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov in Turin? Let us know in the comments down below!

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mat
mat
11 months ago

Well, the song is pretty bad.. the lyrics were written by a 5 year old, why would you do that? :))

Also, the song is said to be kinda political (not a controversial subject, though) but I guess you can’t tell or take it seriously, because it sounds so silly :))

Roodi
Roodi
11 months ago

can Moldova send Natalia again this year?

Jo.
Jo.
11 months ago

watch them qualifying in may

Tomi
Tomi
11 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

I hope you’re right.

Roodi
Roodi
11 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

watch them place last in semi in may

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

I wouldn’t even be so sure it’s an NQ. Worse songs managed to qualify.

Aria
Aria
11 months ago

The age question is plain stupid and is only showing how dumb the person asking such a question is. and what age difference anyway? We don’t know half the singers competing in May yet. Age aside, I don’t like this. I know they are musicians with a long career who are not sponsered by Kirkorov and I highly respect that but their music just doesn’t do anything for me.

Aria
Aria
11 months ago
Reply to  Aria

It’s sad that you can buy your ESC ticket in countries like Moldova. Kirkorov could do that every year if he wants to. I don’t know how the broadcaster is funded but since corrupt politicians rob the whole country blind I’m guessing that extends to the broadcaster too but it should be an absolute no-go for Eurovision.

ga89
ga89
11 months ago

I don’t know why there is so much hate for this song, it’s a fun entry and we can be sure Moldova will create another epic moment and new materials for Eurovision memes. 🙂

Graham B
Graham B
11 months ago
Reply to  ga89

This.
The way the national finals are going at the moment, if Moldova make the finals, then I know who I will be voting for after an evening of heavy drinking!
FOLK LORE AND ROCK AND ROLL!
Nothing but happy fun times and for that they get my vote!

NickC
NickC
11 months ago

Their 2005 entry was a masterpiece, their 2011 entry was so-so, this new one is their worse. I think they will not qualify, and it is a shame. I honestly wish they stopped after their first attempt and stayed as an ESC legend.

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago

The question Roman was asked is ageist – he’s 48, not 88. He’s still in the prime of his life, you don’t need a zimmerframe once you reach thirty.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
11 months ago

I can’t see Serbia not giving any points to this 🙂

ga89
ga89
11 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Yes, it literally sounds like kolo song (circle wedding dance) from Serbia/Bosnia/the Balkans in general.

kir
kir
11 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

I can easily see Moldova being NQ so Serbia (as well as Romania, Montenegro, Sweden, and literally every country voting in 2nd SF) has no option to send any votes to this entry (whether the number of which is sufficient to gain points or not). I find this outcome pretty realistic.

Last edited 11 months ago by kir
Lil Krumpy
11 months ago

The only other person who participated in the Contest three times in three different decades I can think of is Carola.

Was there anyone else?

Jonas
Jonas
11 months ago
Reply to  Lil Krumpy

Ralph Siegel had songs in five different decades.

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circus mircus drop when
11 months ago
Reply to  Lil Krumpy

Off the top of my head, there’s Tommy Seebach (79, 81, 93). I feel like there might be a few others, maybe from the fifties/sixties?

Kamil
Kamil
11 months ago

I like the song 😉

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circus mircus drop when
11 months ago
Reply to  Kamil

It was honestly my #1 til Mahmood and Blanco displaced it. So fun and addictive.