And Moldova went for someone that’s already blown his own trumpet.

Pasha Parfeni
Photo: TRM

From that memorably awful yet compelling weekend of live auditions, through a couple of variable semifinals and tonight, ten acts – again of variable quality – Moldova picked a song for Liverpool. Sunstroke Project were hoping for third time lucky, but just missed out.

They weren’t the only ‘returning’ Eurovision hopefuls. Two other acts were here for another bite of the cherry tonight: Aliona Moon and Pasha Parfeny. One person who remained very much in possession of her cherry was Blanka, whose flight was “cancelled”, meaning we didn’t get to the hear the Polish Eurovision song performed ‘live’. Viewers did get to watch Latvian Sudden Lights and Romanian entrant Theodor Andrei along with many, many, interval acts in this three hour “spectacular”.

The winner of Etapa Naţională 2023 was decided by both a public vote and a jury vote, with each side contributing 50% of the total scores. The three previous Moldovan Eurovision entrants dominated the scoreboard.

SongArtistJury votesPointsTelevotesPointsTotalPlace
"Red Zone"Donia2451966115
"Why You Play It Cool"OL29656176
"Let's Dance"Victor Gulick17372259
"Bade, bădişor, bădiţă"Surorile Osoianu7715248154
"Du-mă"Aliona Moon521011337173
"Yummy Mommy"SunStroke Project368227610182
"Soarele şi luna"Pasha Parfeny5312542812241
"When Love's Real"Corina Ivanov24481377

A comprehensive win for Pasha then – I wonder if Amandine is going to be HIS Wine mule this time round? (You had to be there)