Sunstroke Project was victorious in the national final of Moldova for the Eurovision 2017 which was held in country’s capital Chisinau. They will represent the country at Eurovision in Kiev, which will take place in May.
The song "Hey Mamma", performed by SunStroke Project, has accumulated 10 points from the jury and 12 from the public. They were chosen in proportion of 50-50 after the jury and televoting's notes with the total score - 22 points. They were tied on the first place with 22 points with Ethno & Sisters Osoianu Republic. According to the regulation, declaring victors those who have accumulated the most points from the jury.
The selection started early this year with just 40 acts competing for representing the country in Kyiv. They were cut down to 14 after the live auditions. Three acts withdrew their bids and were replaced. After the semi final, eight acts remained for the conclusion of the contest..This year, the final eight contestants fought for victory: SunStroke Project, Diana Brescan, Aurel Chirtoaca, Samir Loghin, Valeria Pasha, Ethno Republic and sisters Osoianu Marks and Stefanet and Vozniuc and Vio Grecu.
"We wanted very much to win, as any competitor. The emotions are so strong, it's a feeling that you can not compare with anything. We are happy that we represent for the second time Moldova at Eurovision, "said Sergei Ialoviţchi, a member of the band.
One of the favourites to win the national final, they brought back epic sax guy. The song “Hey Mama” is very contemporary Moldovan pop, typical of the style of Sunstroke Project. The performance featured a bizarre wedding scene with three grooms and three brides all doing some strange foot dance.
SunStroke Project has represented our country at Eurovision 2010 in Oslo, Norway. They have evolved along with Olia Tira with the song "Run away". Band saxophonist Sergey Stepanov went viral on the Internet, being named "Epic Sax Guy". Organizers of Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen in 2014 drew a Book of Records, showing the most memorable moments in competition over the years. These included Sergei Stepanov and saxophonist, band member SunStroke Project in Chisinau, impressed by performance in 2010. His performance on a loop, notched up over 30 million views and spawned several copycat videos and parodies, which have also attracted millions of views.
Since 2013 the country has failed to qualify from the Semi-Finals although in 2015 Eduard Romanyuta narrowly missed out when he finished 11th. Zdob şi Zdub's sixth place in 2005 remains Moldova's most successful result in the Eurovision Song Contest to date. In the 2016 edition of Eurovision, the act of Moldova, Lidia Isac, did not qualify for the final.
Moldova will compete in the second half of the first semi-final on the 9 May in a bid to bring the nation back to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest on the 13 May.
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