Introducing 2013: Moldova

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Thirty-nine countries are competing with the aim to lift the trophy in Malmö. The twentieth country to be introduced is Moldova. The country debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and this year Aliona Moon will fly the Moldovan flag in Sweden.

Basic information

Performer: Aliona Moon
Song: O mie
Language: Romanian
Music: Pasha Parfeny
Lyrics: Yuliana Scutaru

The song

The Moldovan song is a ballad about a couple who lost love. Aliona sings about how a million sunsets got lost in the ocean.

O mie de-apusuri pierdute in mare, pierdute in noi
Pe gene o mie de raze de soare-aduceau dimineti pentru doi
O mie de stele arzînd căzătoare priviri ne-au furat
In ceruri o mie de nopți seculare s-au tot spulberat, noi am rezistat

Între soare si ploi
Se nasc mii de culori, dar noi vedem doar nori
Amintiri despre noi
Însirat-am pe foi, apoi le-am distrus amindoi

The performer

Aliona Moon’s real name is Aliona Munteanu. She was born in Chișinău and last year she was a backing vocalist for Pasha Parfeny in Baku. 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. 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.

The songwriters

This year’s Moldovan entry is written by Pasha Parfeny, who last year represented the country and Yuliana Scutaru. Pasha’s real name is Pavel Parfeny. Pasha also formed part of the group Sunstroke Project and in 2009 they came third in the Moldovan final. However he left the group few months before the band won the right to represent the country in Oslo. Yuliana Scutaru is a prolific writer and worked on different projects with Parfeny.

The national selection

Fourteen acts participated in the Moldovan final better known as O melodie pentru Europa. In the end Aliona Moon won the right to represent Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner of the Moldovan ticket to Malmö was decided through a 50%-50% mix of professional jury and tele-voting.

Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest

Moldova entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 and immediately finished second in the semi-final and sixth in the final, which is still the country’s best result. Another top ten placing followed in 2007 but in 2008 the country missed the final for the first and only time.


This will be Moldova’s 9th participation in the Eurovision Song Contest. It will be the fourth time that the country is represented by a female solo performer. Furthermore, it will be the second time in nine years the Moldovan entry is performed entirely in Romanian.

Moldovan vote in Eurovision

Moldova and Romania exchanged most of the points. Throughout its short history in the Eurovision Song Contest, Moldova gave 91 points to Romania while the Romanians awarded 82 points to Moldova.

The betting odds

According to, Moldova is currently standing at number 21 to win the Eurovision Song Contest. According to the odds, Moldova is at number 10 to qualify from semi-final one.

Îi dorim Moldovei și lui Aliona Moon Tira mult noroc şi un rezultat bun in Malmö!


Preview clip

Halo (Beyonce), Guest on Festival Dan Spataru 2012

Mix cover (Titanium, Domino, Firework) live

Tomorrow another country will be introduced (hint – they’re back beating the drums!)

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