Zdob si Zdub is definitely a memorable act in the history of Moldova’s participation in Eurovision. However, it’s worth noting that the country’s best result to date is a third place, achieved by SunStroke Project and Olia Tira in 2010 with the catchy saxophone-infused song “Run Away”. Moldova has qualified for the Grand Final eight times out of 15 participations, giving them a success rate of 53%.
Sunstroke Project‘s third place finish in 2017 was the best result for Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest. The song “Hey Mamma” was a catchy and upbeat track that got a lot of attention for its unique saxophone solo. The group had previously represented Moldova in 2010 with the song “Run Away”, which also featured a memorable saxophone riff and finished in 22nd place.
Moldova has often incorporated folkloric elements into their entries, which have been well received by neighbouring countries such as Romania and Ukraine. However, it is important to note that the voting system for Eurovision has changed in recent years, with the introduction of both a professional jury and a televote from each country. This means that the success of Moldova’s entries is not solely reliant on the votes of their neighbouring countries, but also on the overall quality and appeal of their song and performance. While the chance of reaching the Grand Final for Moldova is around 67% based on past statistics, it ultimately depends on the strength of the competition in a given year and how well their entry is received by both the jury and the public.
3rd place, Sunstroke Project with “Hey Mamma” (Kiev 2017)
6th place, Zdob și Zdub with “Boonika Bate Toba” (Kiev 2005)
- Debut: 2005
- Participations: 18
- Victories: 0
- Finals: 12
- Chances to reach the final: 67%
- Top 10: 4
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 22%
- Last place: 1
Arsenium & Natalia Gordienko with “Loca”, Rank 20 (Athens 2006)
Aliona Moon with “O Mie”, Rank 11 (Malmö 2013)
Lidia Isac with “Falling Stars”, Rank 17 (Semi Final) (Stockholm 2016)