The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 40 competing songs in Eurovision 2022. Next we review Moldova, who have chosen Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers with “Trenulețul”.
Were we riding the train all the way? Read on to find out!
Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – “Trenulețul” (Moldova Eurovision 2022)
Review: Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers – “Trenulețul”
Tom: Maybe it’s my Eastern European heritage but this is brilliant. Zdob şi Zdub make it a hat trick of appearances at the contest and this could be their best yet. It has a wonderfully fun, folk quality and I just want to dance at weddings to this song. It just makes me happy and smile from ear to ear. These boys are showmen and you should bet on the group doing something wild and wacky on stage, and I cannot wait for it. Of course this won’t even come close to winning, but for those thinking this won’t qualify – think again.
Angus: Is the song in my top ten? No! Would I listen to it outside of Eurovision? No! Can I appreciate it as a bit of fun to liven up this year’s line up? Of course! And while the production can grate in the passage of time, it also delivers a really compelling punch in the face of Je Ne Sais Quoi Eurovision feeling.
Sebastian: Zdob şi Zdub’s latest transport-inspired entry to Eurovision can equally be described as one part well-trained, one part train-wreck. But there’s something so loveable and hypnotic about the team from Moldova, who again bring the hectic to the stage. Their sounds are authentic, unheard of, and uniquely Moldovan, so expect audiences at home to go on a journey of “WTF” to “how do I vote” for our favourite Moldovan band. Expect a huge stage performance.
Pablo: Every year we get a song like this in national finals, but they seldom manage to make it to the big stage, and here’s why. While it’s mindless fun, the production overall feels shallow. I get what “Trenulețul” is trying to do by the halfway mark, and from there it runs out of ideas. The hook becomes repetitive and the music just kind of drones. Even as a song to be drunkenly mindlessly bopping to, it falls short of the level of energy and quirk it needs to bring.
Ron: This is so much fun, yet I feel like we’ve heard it all before so many times. Wait a minute, haven’t Zdob şi Zdub been at Eurovision before? On the plus side, I do appreciate every act that sings in its native language at Eurovision, so this one gets a bonus point from me. The song kinda stands out in the field of 40 Eurovision entries, but there’s nothing really new here. This one puts you in a great mood and you hum along to it. I’m sure they will be awesome on the Eurovision stage, but the song is not on my playlist and I guess that’s why the score isn’t higher.
Moldova Eurovision 2022 ranking
In the Eurovision 2022 Wiwi Jury, we have 18 jurors but only have room for five reviews. The remaining scores are below:
We have removed the highest and lowest scores prior to calculating the average. This is to remove outliers and potential bias. We have removed a low of 2 and a high of 9.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 6.03/10
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