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ESCKaz, a Eurovision Song Contest fan-related website has just published the shortlist of forty (40) songs that have made it through to the second phase of the national selection in Moldova following a decision taken by a seven (7) member professional jury. It is worth noting, that the LIVE auditions for each of the respective entries will now take place on the 1st February 2014 at the House of Radio, with TRM, the public broadcaster airing the showcase through a special feed on their official website.

Amongst these forty (40) entries, one in particular is written by a set of Maltese songwriters who are now officially competing in at least three (3) countries. The song bears the name It's All About a Boy and it is performed by Diana Staver and is composed by Elton Zarb and Ally with lyrics by Irishman, Aidan O'Connor. Diana is competing with two (2) songs in the final forty (40) and knows that twenty-four (24) will get through to the semi-final stage of the competition. This song is competing also in Lithuania, making it even more interesting that this track failed to get through in Malta when submitted in 2013 with vocals by singer/songwriter Ally. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news.

Source: TRM, ESCKaz

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i2ZpRf1zwqg

Sunday, 14 April 2013 04:20

Moldova: Reviewing the track 'O Mie'

Whilst everyone is entitled to an opinion, escflashmalta.com has called upon six individuals who are professionals in music with several successes within their respective careers. Apart from passing on their comments, they also passed on individual scores for each entry as well as a collective top ten which we counted to come up with ten qualifiers. All of the information is obtained from the official website of the international spectacle and indeed, pertaining to the running order as decided by the producers, Moldova will be performing in slot number twelve (12) from the sixteen (16) entries which will be competing during the first semi-final. TRM, the broadcaster resposible for the participation of Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest will be represented by the song O Mie composed by Pasha Parfeny to the lyrics of Yuliana Scutaru with vocals set to be taken care of by Aliona Moon.

Aliona Moon is a rising star in the Moldovan music scene. She has already participated in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest as a backing musician of Pasha Parfeny. Now the two artists have changed places, and Aliona will be the lead vocalist of this year's Eurovision entry, the touching ballad O Mie. Aliona Munteanu was born on the 25th of May 1989 in Chisinau. Ethnical Moldavian songs and lullabies sung by her mother cultivated Aliona’s love for music. Since her childhood Aliona was a member of lots of artistic collectives, where she performed both music and dances. As their member, Aliona participated at different contests in Hungary, Belarus, France, Romania, Bulgaria and of course in her motherland Moldova.

Later she was involved in the talent show Fabrica de Staruri 2 (Star Factory) where she gained the third place and the title of the public's favourite. With two of her ex-colleagues from Star Factory Aliona formed the pop band Thumbs Up. The band existed for two years until the break-up in 2011. After that, Aliona took some trophies at international musical festivals as a solo artist, most notably at the “Martisor Dorohoian” and “Dan Spataru” festivals, which were held in Romania. Aliona considered it a great experience to be Pasha Parfeny’s backing vocalist for Lautar in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. It encouraged and determined Aliona to participate in Moldovan national selection for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest as a lead artist. Aliona’s talent and luck earned her the honour and right to represent Moldova in Malmö this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx2RvJaelgA

Following the successful result achieved by Pasha Parfeny at last years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Lăutar, the broadcaster thought it best to have another national selection and one which would ultimately permit foreign songwriters to compete. The idea was to have a song pool from which qualified artists would have the opportunity to select songs and it seems to have fared quite well noting that the selection process was indeed a success. Some of the artists who performed on the demos of the songs in the actual pool ultimately made it and selected the track once more whilst others passed without their track and had to opt for another. Twenty-Four (24) participants took part in the semi-finals stage from which fourteen (14) made it through, seven (7) from each of the two semi-finals.

In the actual final, it seemed that the competition was tight and following the public vote which put Runaways by Boris Covali in pole position, the jury decided that Aliona was the better choice with O Mie, giving the public favourite third place. The public were still delighted because Aliona was actually their second choice, in a similar faith endured during the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Moldova will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest for the ninth consecutive time and they have only missed the final on one occasion, that being in 2008 with Century of Love performed by Geta Burlacu finishing in twelfth place. Their best result remains to be their debut entry Bunika Bate Toba performed by Zdob şi Zdub which managed sixth place. Their second best result was a tenth place finish in 2007 with the song Fight by Natalia Barbu. 

Professional Critics Voice their Opinion

Rating: 27%

Magnus Kaxe: A power-ballad with a female artist that has got her hair stuck in a wind machine. Can this be a winning formula? I've heard the verse a million times before. Then the song builds into a random pre-chorus before getting on to the chorus. Or wait? Where is the chorus? Aha...the pre-chorus IS the chorus. No, this won't do. If one wants to compete in the Eurovision, one has to have a song WITH a chorus. Next please.

Lina Eriksson: Even if neither this song nor this singer is my coup of tea it has the drama melodically that often is well embraced by the ESC-fans. It might make it through the semi but it doesn't get my vote.

Matt Mercieca (Muxu): OH WOW, her hair, the dress, what is happening here? ok got distracted, back to the song, nothing special, i'm sorry i can't get over the outfit I MEAN the dress changes colours, WHY? haha. song is average. and then the sudden change just makes it bad.

Source: eurovision.tv

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nkbEkuk2TKM

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Moldova, one of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest has managed to qualify through to the final on seven attempts out of eight with the odd one out being Geta Burlacu with her entry A Century of Love. Last year, the country represented by Pasha Parfeny and the song Lăutar achieved the third best result and this year, one of his backing vocalists, by the name of Aliona Moon will be taking to the stage of the first semi-final in Malmö with the track O Mie. During the course of the week, the postcard which will introduce her performance was recorded.

It seems that it might actually include parts of the entry which she would be performing moments later according to a video which appeared online. TRM, the broadcaster responsible for the participation of Moldova has always selected competent artists with a stunning vocal range and the juries along with the public have awarded the choices well. Aliona Moon seems to be carrying the torch in a positive manner because her performance during the national final was just stunning and despite the large selection of entries, it was truly a stand out entry. O Mie which translates into A Million is also co-written by Pasha Parfeni who as already been noted down was last years' representative. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all of the latest news about this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest as soon as it becomes available.

Source: YouTube, escflashmalta.com, Scutaru

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jg2yROaaLA

Saturday, 19 January 2013 18:25

Moldova: Pasha Parfeny back as Songwriter

TRM, the public broadcaster of Moldova officially became a member of the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2005 and each participation has somewhat been identified in a positive manner except for once where qualification was not assured but nevertheless, a slight dent in their respective proceedings. In 2012, a national final took place which saw to the victory of Pasha Parfeny with the track Lăutar and the choice was sublime noting that it picked up public and jury votes to finish in eleventh place with more than eighty points. This time round, the broadcaster is going about their selection process in a different method and Pasha is still involved in one particular entry.

 

Despite their success, it was well thought of that a change in the selection was needed and the broadcaster would like to ascertain that the best possible package is chosen hence why they are looking for the artist and the song in a separate fashion. Artists could have submitted songs themselves but some issues came up which eventually even led to the withdrawal of former representatives, Natalia Barbu who was slightly worried that despite passing with the song, other performers could make use of her entry, possibly even winning the selection against her. The rules state that once the track makes it into the pool of songs, it could have more than one artist. You could find the list of the sixty tracks chosen through the official website of the broadcaster. In the meantime though, the qualifying artist are as follows;

  • Anna Gulko
  • Inaya
  • Felicia Dunaf
  • Cristina Scarlat
  • Stela Boţan
  • Vitalie Negruţa
  • Doiniţa Gherman
  • Irina Taraşiuc
  • Aliona Moon
  • Fire Love
  • Ruslan Ţaranu
  • Cristina Croitoru & Karizma
  • Aurel Chirtoacă
  • Alexandru Şendrea
  • Svetlana Bogdanova
  • Boris Covali
  • Cristina V.
  • Tatiana Heghea
  • Denis Latîşev
  • NiCo
  • Irina Chitoroagă
  • Vitalie Maciunschi
  • Dara
  • Valeria Paşa

The jury for the first phase of the selection included two former representatives, Geta Burlacu who had failed to reach the final back in 2008 and Nelly Ciobanu whose entry Hora Din Moldova reached fourteenth place in 2009. There are a number of notable performers including none other than Boris Covali, Doiniţa Gherman, Cristina Croitoru & Karizma respectively but the focus is seemingly on an upcoming performer known as Aliona Moon whose entry entitled A Million is written and produced by the 2012 representative, Pasha Parfeny. The artist, who was a backing vocalist during the successful performance of the country at the Eurovision Song Contest is hoping that she could be the one to succeed this time round. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: Eurovision.tv, TRM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vIy0EtEeLEw

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 11:28

Moldova: Reviewing the song 'Lăutar'

The appointed critics for this years' edition of the reviews prior to the Eurovision Song Contest have been sharing their views on the tracks that are competing in this years' event and has somewhat agreed that whilst there are some smashing tracks in this first semi-final, the winner will most likely come out either of the second semi-final or through the five finalists that have made the billing due to their nations' status. The penultimate draw in the first evening set to take place on the 22nd May has been given to the country of Moldova who have had quite an entertaining set of entries throughout the years. This time round it does not seem to be any different as the singer; Pasha Parfeny will be taking to the stage to perform the song Lăutar which he wrote alongside Alex Brashovean. The song was chosen in a national final held earlier this year beating out former representative Geta Burlacu along the way.

Pasha Parfeny was born on May 30th, 1986 in Moldova. Music has always played an important role in his life. Pasha’s parents who are both musicians have always supported his musical career. Pasha’s mother was a piano teacher at the music school of the city of Orhei. His father was a singer and guitarist. Pasha Parfeny started his musical career at the age of seven, studying classical piano at the music school. In 2002 he entered Tiraspol Music College where he gained a lot of experience as a vocalist. Later on, in 2006, Pasha Parfeny continued his musical studies at the State Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts where he tried himself as a composer.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXxj0xE2pcA

Pasha is also known as a former member of the band Sunstroke Project. 2009 the band with Pasha Parfeny as the vocalist participated in the Moldovan Eurovision qualifying contest where they came third with their song No Crime. In late autumn 2010, Pasha's contract expired and he left the band. In 2010, the singer participated in the Moldovan national selection with his song You Should Like and finished second. Pasha Parfeny is the owner of some musical prizes and awards. Already in 2003, he was awarded Grand Prix at the competition Voices Of Transnistria.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dxe4QlDv-0

In 2007, Pasha Parfeny got the first place in the festivals Duet Of The Year and Silver Lantrei in Bulgaria. In 2009, the artist took part in the International Festival of pop music George Grigoriu where he won another Grand Prize. In the same year, Pasha Parfeny participated in Mamaia Contest in Romania where he got the first place in the creation section with Andrew Tudor’s song You Do Not See The Sky. And last but not least, the singer is a winner of the International Music Festival Slavianski Bazar in Vitebsk in 2009.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • Catchy song with some real Balkan sounds here. The song itself is uplifting and well performed by Pasha. Will it get into the big final? Maybe yes, maybe no. I believe this is another borderline type of track, hence six (6) points will do in this case.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • This song represents something I love about Eurovision, bringing in national elements so that I feel I am a visitor in Moldova when I hear it. It has an uplifting energy, and a positive spirit that shall be credited! But even so, we are not going to Moldova next May. I agree with my colleague above, therefore, six (6) points are just right.

Pitchtunes

  • A balkan influenced sound with a Ricky Martin like performance. A nice combination that has a good rhythm and a nice instrumentation. Slight disagreement with our friends above, we will go for five (5) points instead of six for this one.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H7AILnPoio

Entry Background

Performer: Pasha Parfeny

Composers: Pasha Parfeny & Alex Brashovean

Author: Pasha Parfeny

Song: Lăutar 

Language: English

Broadcaster: TRM

History of the Nation

Moldova entered the Eurovision Song Contest for the very first time seven years ago, making it one of the last countries to join the competition. Their premier entry remains to date their most successful with the group Zdob şi Zdub finishing in sixth place with the song Bunika Bate Toba. They have managed to enter the final, six out of the seven times they have entered with Geta Burlacu being the only one to fail to make it through with the song A Century of Love finishing in twelfth place in the semi-final. In the past two years, they have been quite lucky to finish in tenth place within the semi-final but last year with the group Zdob şi Zdub who took part for the second time, they got their third best result by virtue of finishing in twelfth place, six places lower than their first try with So Lucky still proving to be a popular track. Will Pasha, the first male artist to represent Moldova bring about some luck? This will be seen in due time.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

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