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Wrap-up: 'Moldavian dance' won Europe's hearts

09 June 2009 at 11:21 CEST

Who is Nelly Ciobanu?

Nelly was one of the singers with the most titles at this year's Europe's favourite TV-show. She's won contests all over the world. From Latvia to Yalta. Over the last few years the singer has released four albums, with a fifth in preparation. Three years ago Nelly became a happy mum, and she dedicated her performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest to her young daughter who became the most important audience in the world for her.

"A beautiful young mom, a very nice song with an extremely catchy rhythm to it," a local fan was pleased with her.  Another fan commented: "I feel inspired watching the Moldovan entry. Go Nelly!".

Nelly's performance earned her the fifth place in the second Semi-Final of Europe's favourite TV-show and 14th in the Final. Check out who exactly is Nelly Ciobanu by clicking on her Artist Profile.

How did it all start?

Now in Moscow...



Moldova debuted in 2005 featuring the grandmother of the leading vocalist of their representative Zdob si Zdub on stage, playing a huge drum. Over one hundred million people watched the granny, who had never seen Europe's favourite TV-show before and had no TV at home, that evening and voted them sixth.

Later Moldova has reached the Final almost every year. How will their national selection look in 2010? How will they do in Oslo? Find all of that out right here at!

You can expect more wrap-up articles from us about the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest participants. Stay tuned!