The Wiwi Jury — our in-house team of music unprofessionals — is reviewing and rating the 37 competing songs in Eurovision 2023. Next we review Moldova, who have chosen Pasha Parfeni with “Soarele și Luna”.
Were we singing praises to the sun and moon? Read on to find out!
Pasha Parfeni – “Soarele și Luna” (Moldova Eurovision 2023)
Review: Pasha Parfeni – “Soarele și Luna”
Ruxandra: I find this one brilliant. The song is excellent, starting from something authentic but with a modern twist that makes the sound FRESH. The whole song has A CONCEPT. It’s like a folk fairy tale with a universal love message in the lyrics, a very relatable one. Yet, a good song is not enough without a good performance… But in Moldova’s case we can’t complain. On a vocal level, everything gets better and better with every single performance that I see, and that’s great because it’s a visible progress, just as it should be. Pasha has an incredible interaction with the crowd so he makes the audience feel involved in the performance.
Oliver: “Soarele și Luna” is the Moldovan take on a tried and tested Eurovision formula, combining traditional sounds with electronic elements for a bewitching otherworldly piece. Alas, Pasha Parfeni’s attempt at folk-EDM doesn’t match the quality of its predecessors. The base elements are there, and they’re strong. However, the main flute theme remains undeveloped throughout, and the vocal is repetitive beyond measure. Pasha would do well to occasionally push his voice up an octave and add some extra flourishes to bring the latter half of the song to life. It’s a respectable entry, but has the potential to be so much more.
Rick: This song is totally likable from the very first second onwards. It perfectly combines modern electro sounds with typical Moldovan folklore elements. I really enjoy this mix of genres and Pasha is the perfect artist for it. The fact that he completely sings the song in Romanian gives it another boost. It’s been stuck in my head for weeks and I love it.
Deban: The fusion of folklore and flute electronica is an acquired taste. It requires visuals to give it immediacy. The visual teaser depicting women with horns and a dwarf in battle armoury isn’t what I’d expect. Whilst I’m delighted to have Pasha Parfeni back at Eurovision, I am unable to hide my strong preference for his previous entry, “Lăutar”. And therein lies the problem. Yes, this comeback gets props for not repeating itself. However, it isn’t an improvement.
Kristín: Dear Moldova. Hear my humble plea. Please, please…NEVER CHANGE! Keep being so wonderfully weird and fun, because you are always bringing the fun. And Pasha has the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent that is never frowned upon in Eurovision land. “Soarele și Luna” is everything that Moldova does so well. It’s an ethnic bop with some serious punch and is almost hypnotising in its gorgeous chaos. Welcome back Pasha, and please don’t leave us unattended for so long again.
Moldova Eurovision 2023 ranking
In the Eurovision 2023 Wiwi Jury, we have 20 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 4 and a high of 10.
Wiwi Jury verdict: 7.61/10
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