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  • Writer's pictureLiv Webster

Natalia Barbu wins Etapa Națională and will represent Moldova at Eurovision 2024

Overnight, Moldova selected Natalia Barbu with the song 'In The Middle' to represent them at Eurovision 2024 in Malmö. They were selected through the Moldovan National selection: Etapa Națională, beating out ten other songs in the final.

Natalia Barbu is a familiar face to Eurovision fans, having represented Moldova at the 2007 edition of the contest with 'Fight' placing 10th in the final.

The Results

Natalia Barbu won narrowly with 22 points, taking out the juries and second in the televote. Behind them was Valeria Pasha with 'Anti-Princess' coming second with 22 points but lost to a tie-break and coming in third was Iulia Teleucă with the song 'Runaway' receiving 16 points.

  1. Natalia Barbu - 'In The Middle' (22 points)

  2. Valeria Pasha - 'Anti-Princess' (22 points)

  3. Iulia Teleucă - 'Runaway' (16 points)

  4. Cătălina Solomac - ' Fever' (14 points)

  5. Viola Julea - 'Light Up!' (9 points)

  6. Reghina Alexandrina - 'Contrasens' (9 points)

  7. Nicoleta Sava - 'Bravo' (8 points)

  8. OL - 'No Time No Space' (7 points)

  9. Sasha Letty - 'DNA' (6 points)

  10. Y-Limit - 'Revolution' (2 points)

  11. Victor Gulick - 'Fever' (1 point)

Moldova's History at Eurovision

Moldova debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 with the song ‘Boonika Bate Doba’ by the group Zdob și Zdub. Their best result was a 3rd place in 2017 with the song ‘Hey Mamma’ by Sunstroke Project. The country is known for their wacky songs and even wackier stagings that get the attention of the audience and often end up being rewarded with good results.

'In The Middle' will compete in the second half of the second semi-final this year in Malmö.

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