Transnistria: The artists “country” donated to the Eurovision Song Contest!

September 2 is considered a national holiday for Transnistria. It is the anniversary of its victory over the Moldovan troops and at the same time the day of its “de facto” independence. Although not recognized by any country, it has maintained sovereignty over its territory since 1990 and several artists from the region represented Moldova in the competition.

What is Transnistria?

Transnistria is a region of Moldova in Eastern Europe. This unrecognized state has been de facto independent from Moldova since September 2, 1990, when it declared its independence with the help of Russian, Cossack and Ukrainian volunteers, and the 14th Russian (former Soviet) Army defeated the Moldavian forces. in the Transnistrian War.

Transnistria continues to claim independence and maintains sovereignty over its territory. In a referendum on September 17, 2006, voters in the self-proclaimed Republic voted 93.1% in favor of independence from Moldova and a union with Russia, which borders the region. It does not appear that Russia will accept the union with Transnistria in the near future.

The Republic of Moldova continues to consider Transnistria as an autonomous territorial unit of Transnistria with a special legal status.

Following the break-up of the USSR, tensions between Moldova and breakaway Transnistria led to a military conflict that began in March 1992 and ended in a truce in July of that year. Under the agreement, a tripartite Joint Audit Committee (Russia, Moldova and Transnistria) oversees security arrangements in the demilitarized zone, which includes twenty locations on both sides of the river. Although the ceasefire has been maintained, the political situation in the region has not been resolved: Transnistria is an unrecognized but de facto independent semi-presidential democracy with its own government, parliament, army, police, postal system, currency and license plates. Its authorities have adopted a constitution, a national anthem, a flag and a coat of arms. It is the only country that still uses the hammer and sickle in its flag!

Most Transnistrians also have Moldovan citizenship, but many Transnistrians also have Russian and Ukrainian citizenship. The largest population group is the Russians who accounted for 34% of the population in 2015.

Transnistria and Eurovision

As you understand Transnistria for many reasons can not participate in Eurovision. It is not considered an independent country, it does not have international recognition and it is not a member of the International Broadcasting Union, elements that are essential for its television to become a member of the EBU.

Nevertheless, all these years through Moldova he managed to reach the stage of Eurovision, after the last three years artists from the disputed area managed to win the national final and represent Moldova.


All members of the group belong to the Russian-speaking minority of Moldova. They were born in the third largest city in Transnistria, Rîbnița! DoReDos represented Moldova at Eurovision 2018, with a song by Dimitris Kontopoulos and with Russian superstar Philipp Kirkorov by their side.

2. Anna Odobescu

The sweet and talented Anna Odobescu represented Moldova at Eurovision 2019, with a song again by a Greek composer, George Kalpakidis. She failed to qualify for the final. She also starred in the Netflix film for the Eurovision Song Contest. Anna originates from the small town of Dubăsari.

3. SunStroke Project

From the capital of Transnistria, Tiraspol, comes probably the most emblematic figure of Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest, Sergey Stepanov or as most people know him “Epic Sax Guy”. The Sunstroke Project, Sergey Stepanov’s band, represented Moldova twice. Most recently, of course, in 2017, when they took third place, the best the country has ever received in the competition.

The Transnistrian artist series may not have continued, as Natalia Gordienko hails from Chisinau, the capital of Moldova. However, Natalia Gordienko also belongs to the Russian-speaking minority of the country.

Source: aussievision


Eurovision 2021: Dream Team is ready for new adventures!

Philipp Kirkorov, as we told you, is in Elounda for his summer vacation, but that does not stop Dream Team from making plans for the next Eurovision song contest.

Dream Team ready for Eurovision 2021

Philipp Kirkorov, Dimitris Kontopoulos and Elias Kokotos are all together at Elounda Peninsula. In recent days, Natalia Gordienko, the representative of Moldova in Eurovision 2021, has been added to their company.

In a recent post, the Russian superstar states on behalf of the entire Dream Team, that the team is ready for new adventures in 2021:

Let us briefly present what adventures Philipp Kirkorov refers to:


What is a given is that the Dream Team will be behind the participation of Natalia Gordienko with Moldova in Eurovision 2021. Kirkorov and Kontopoulos will write the song, while Fokas Evangelinos will edit the stage appearance. Of course Elias Kokotos will be the project manager of the whole effort.


In Estonia we do not know if in 2021 the Dream Team will sign country’s participation. This year Uku Suviste, Ani Lorak’s contestant in The Voice, won the Eesti Laul with a song by Dimitris Kontopoulos. The director of the participation in Rotterdam would be Fokas Evangelinos. According to our information, the song of Uku Suviste in the next Esti Laul will have Dimitris Kontopoulos as composer again. If it wins the representation again, then the Dream Team will represent in Eurovision 2021 and Estonia.


In the case of Stefania, we do not have the active presence of Philipp Kirkorov, but the whole team will be behind the Greek participation for the second year. It is the second sure country that the Dream Team will take over at Eurovision 2021.

Another surprise country

It is known that every year the Dream Team receives proposals from various countries, but also artists, to undertake their participation in the competition. Thus, it is possible to see the Dream Team in another country, either as a direct assignment, or participating in a national final.

The Dream Team in its full composition, has not been found since 2007, when it participated for the first time in the competition, never outside the top ten of the standings. Since then they have represented Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, Azerbaijan, presenting participations that almost always star!

Will they be able to win for the first time, at Eurovision 2021?

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Moldova: Exclusive details on Natalia Gordienko’s song for Eurovision 2021!

Natalia Gordienko confirmed earlier that she will be the Moldova’s representative at Eurovision 2021 and now we can share with you everything we know so far. The song that Natalia will perform in Rotterdam next year, will have nothing to do with the song with which she would compete in this year’s contest. Read more

Moldova: Listen “Prison”‘s final version | Watch the video clip!

Only six hours left until Moldova’s live audition and the national selection of the song that will represent the country at the 65th Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The final version of Natalia Gordienko’s song Prison was released today, the video clip of which was made in Greece. The song is signed by Dimitris Kontopoulos and Philip Kirkorkov, while lyrics by Sharon Vaughn.

“Dream Team” says about their participation in the moldovan selection with Prison and Natalia Gordienko:

Natalia Gordienko is one of the most popular artists in Moldova and the only singer that has managed to win the two most important festivals in Eastern Europe : Slavianski bazaar and New Wave.

In 2008, when she was just 21 years old, she received the prestigious “National artist” award for her contribution in promoting Moldova around the world. At the National selection Natalia Gordienko is participating with the song “Prison”, a powerful Avant Garde ballad with strong ethnic elements.

The song describes the extreme emotions in a passionate relationship. The track is composed by the “dream team” Phillip Kirkorov and Dimitris Kontopoulos while the lyrics are written by Sharon Vaughn. In case Natalia Gordienko wins the national selection, Fokas Evangelinos is going to be the creative director of her stage presentation in Eurovision.

The video clip of the song was shot in Athens and shows the way Natalia is trying to escape from the “prison” of her passionate lover.

Dream Team for Prison.

Prison is a very different type of music from what Natalia Gordienko has done so far. She says it was a dream of a lifetime to be back on the Eurovision stage, having already participated in 2006 as a duo at that time, of course, but had not attempted so far, as she wanted to be with the ‘Dream Team’.

This will be the second time the ‘Dream Team’ will represent Moldova, if Natalia wins in tomorrow’s Moldova’s national selection. In 2018, the Greek- Russian team was behind DoReDoS, where the song My Lucky Day put the country in the 10th place with 209 points.

Moldova: Direct assignment for Rotterdam-An inactive method since 2007

The news is already on Twitter and we can confirm it here at EurovisionFun based on our exclusive information. Moldovan Public Television will directly select its participation in Eurovision 2020.

The first discussions have already begun and obviously the artist, but also the creator chosen with direct assignment and not through a national final (O melodie pentru Europa), as Moldova has always chosen for the contest, are both widely recognised.The country uses this method constantly since 2007, when it selected its  representative internally for last time.

Any announcements, however, are not expected to be made soon. As for the rumors about the return of the DoReDos, it doesn’t seem to be the case.

In Tel Aviv the country was represented by Anna Odobescu with “Stay”, composed by Greek artist George Kalpakidis. Unfortunately, with the 85 points the song gathered failed to qualify for the second semifinal, finishing 12th.