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Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:14

ESC 2014: An In-Depth Review of Moldova

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It has become customary for the escflashmalta.com editorial board to engage professional individuals from the music industry to assess the songs competing in the Eurovision Song Contest as presented to the European Broadcasting Union during the Heads of Delegation Meeting. Martin Isherwood, Deo Grech, Stano Simor and Matt Mercieca from the United Kingdom, Malta and the Czech Republic have been entrusted with the first semi-final, comprising of sixteen songs and set to take place on the 6th May 2014 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen, Denmark. Making use of the running order and thus moving onto number #11, we catch up with Moldova (TRM) who will be represented by Cristina Scarlat and the song Wild Soul composed by Ivan Akulov to the lyrics of Lydia Scarlat.

Cristina was born on March 3rd, 1981 into a family with traditional music roots. From an early age, music was Cristina’s constant companion. She plays piano and violin. Cristina’s first education was a chorister and a conductor. But her vocal abilities motivated her to continue her studies as a vocalist. In 2006, Cristina graduated from the Moldovan music conservatory. Throughout her career as a singer, Cristina gained a great experience by competing and winning prises in a wide range of festivals and contests, including the International Festival of Arts Slavianski Bazaar in Belarus.

Being one of the most powerful voices of Moldova, Cristina is also a lead singer of the Presidential Orchestra. Cristina is the mother of two children and a loving wife. At her age of 33, she is regarded as one of the most strong-willed and determined women of Moldova due to her amazing ability to successfully combine career with family. Representing Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest is Cristina's most persistent dream. This year, after two previous attempts (in 2013, Cristina came 2nd in the pre-selection), Cristina Scarlat finally won the national competition and has the chance to live her Eurovision dream.

Ivan Akulov composed Cristina’s Eurovision entry Wild Soul. He was born in 1985 in Chisinau, Moldova. Ivan started to write music already as a teenager. Ivan discovered his talent as a composer as a young teenager and continued developing his skills by collaborating with various Moldovan and international artists. Lidia Scarlat is Cristina's 23 years old niece. She graduated with a First Class Media Arts degree at Royal Holloway, University of London, in the UK. Despite being a film & TV professional, Lidia's music and rhetorical skills have been highly appreciated on numerous occasions. In 2013, Lidia was the official Teleradio Moldova's live commentator of the Eurovision Song Contest. Lidia has been writing lyrics for her aunt Cristina for over 5 years.


Moldova, a country which almost boasts a perfect qualification record in nine participations, with only one failure, that coming at the hands of Geta Burlacu and the song A Century of Love which had only garnered thirty-six points to finish in twelfth place. Three other entries through barely scraped the barrel, finishing in tenth place in the semi-final, before going onto achieving upper to lower table results. In 2013, it was all about Aliona Moon and her fluorescent dress, which stole all the attention, to achieve eleventh place, ranking just outside the top ten for a second consecutive year. Moldova is a country which brings a lot to the table especially considering the low budget that they have at their disposal.

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 48%

Martin Isherwood: 'Mercy I have no feelings of mercy, Destiny left me so empty.'  Like a rock song without the rock.  A bit Bond theme like. All a bit dark for Eurovision.

Deo Grech: This is interesting. The lyrics are daring and original. It's a pity that the diction is far from perfect. This entry's chances will surely soar if the singer fixes her heavy diction. Looking forward to watch the stage performance as I guess that we are in for an artistic performance..as this song lends itself perfectly for something out of the ordinary.

Stano Simor: Nice, strong deep voice fits very well into "James Bond" style song. Dubstep feelings sliding track from floods 20 years old into musical style 2014. Refren endured by arranging more support. Strong chorus that has a very good chance to impress the public in Denmark.

Matt Mercieca: I'm getting a little bored starting my reviews with DICTION! DASTINY [sic], this song really REALLY bugs me, just isn’t working for me! SOZ!

Source: eurovision.tv


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