After 28 live auditions in the TRM studios and the withdrawal of “fan favorite” Missycatylove, Moldova has decided! Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song “Trenulețul”.

The decision has been made directly after the live auditions by a jury existed out 5 members including Geta Burlacu (Moldova 2008), Cristina Scarlat (Moldova 2014) and Aliona Moon (Moldova 2013). The broadcaster announced yesterday to cancel their national selection on 5 March due the current COVID-19 restrictions in Moldova. You can listen to their song here:

About Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov

Eurovision fans will remember the Moldovan folk punk band Zdob și Zdub from their participation in Eurovision 2005 and coming 6th overall, and returning again in 2011 for a 12th place finish for Moldova. the group was founded in 1994 in the suburbs of Chisinau, Moldova and they would later release their first demo in the same year. The roster of band members has changed numerous times throughout the years, but they have released 10 studio albums and still hold some of the best results for the country in the contest.

Frații Advahov is a duo of folk musicians from Cahul who have joined the group for this year. The band’s members are featured in white traditional clothing during the audition performance, and play both the violin and accordion. They are no strangers to live performances and concerts, as they are often performing traditional Moldovan folk music while accompanied by a full orchestra.

Moldova in 2021

Moldova was represented last year by Natalia Gordienko. She also represented the country in 2006 together with Arsenium with their song “Loca.”  After winning O Melodie Pentru Europa in 2020, she earned the chance to represent the country with her song “Prison.” Sadly, the contest got cancelled, but she got internally selected again for the contest in 2021.

This time with the song ”Sugar.” With her performance on a giant abstract sugar cube in the second semi-final on the 20nd of May, she surprised everyone with her qualification to the Grand Final. In the end, she finished 13th on the night itself with a grand total of 115 points, closing the left side of the scoreboard.

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