First of all, I don’t know what Moldova is like in real life. It could be a grey, post-Soviet wasteland. But based on all the music coming out of Moldova, I would like to visit it IMMEDIATELY.
Last year, Moldova’s party anthem Hey Mama by Sunstroke Project (you know, the band with Epic Sax Guy) managed to capture a respectable third place in the contest. You may also remember Sunstroke Project from their 2010 banger, Run Away (with Olia Tira). And in between, Moldova sent entries like I Want Your Loveand the unforgettably named Aliona Moon and the inexplicable So Lucky.
And this year, they’ve sent a fantastic trio called DoReDos who have brought an ethnobanger that embraces polyamory to the contest, all in an innocently cheeky kind of way.
I realize that the sentence I just typed makes absolutely no sense when written down, but as soon as you see the performance, you’ll get what I’m talking about. It’s a woman! And her two lovers! Who seem mildly jealous but ultimately okay with the situation! And they’re all playing on a set that looks like it’s straight out of Laugh In! Seriously, the choreography on this song is deceptively simple – it’s a constant blur of motion as the three members of DoReDos and three doppleganger backup dancers keep popping in and out of doors, like a 1960’s West End sex farce.
I’ve seen a bit of the behind the scenes, and know that the legs of one the male backup dancers is actually the pair of heels you see briefly exposed when a door opens. Moldova’s not only playing with free love, but also gender norms. I LOVE IT.
Did I mention how good this song is? It’s been masterminded by Russian pop icon Philipp Kirkorov, who is the very definition of Extra, and he’s layered this up with harmonies and horns and a charming little choreographed bit at the end and I don’t know what else to say about it except it’s compulsively watchable. Place a bet on them now, because they’re going to place higher than you expect.
TWITTER JOKES YOU SHOULDN’T BOTHER MAKING BECAUSE THEY’VE ALREADY BEEN DONE BETTER BY THE EUROFANDOM: No one’s made that many jokes about Moldova, largely because we’re all too agog at the performance, so have it.
SHOULD YOU TAKE A PEE BREAK DURING HIS PERFORMANCE: I’m sorry, what are you even thinking? HOLD IT. You’ll have a chance to pee during the Netherlands, up next.