Zdob și Zdub join the likes of Valentina Monetta and winners Carola and Udo Jürgens in the exclusive club of acts to have participated in the Eurovision Song Contest thrice, and this time they’re bringing along the Advaho brothers for good measure.
Trenuleţul (English: ‘Train’) nods to the Ramone’s Blitzkrieg Bop with its infectious chorus of ‘Hey ho! Let’s go. Folklore and rock ‘n’ roll’, and showcases Zdob și Zdub’s love of traditional word-of-mouth storytelling.
The entry was one of 28 songs to make it through to the live audition round at the TRM Studio in Chișinău on Saturday 29 January. A special star-studded jury picked the winner, comprised of: Geta Burlacu (Moldova, Eurovision 2008), Vali Boghean (singer-songwriter), Cristina Scarlat (Moldova, Eurovision 2014), Victoria Cuşnir (journalist), and Aliona Moon (Moldova, Eurovision 2013).
Zdob și Zdub have a particularly impressive track record at the Eurovision Song Contest; finishing 6th in 2005 with Boonika Bate Doba on Moldova’s first appearance at the Contest, and then placing 12th in 2011 with So Lucky. Both times navigating a competitive Semi-Final.
Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest
Moldova made its debut at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, placing sixth with its first-ever entry, Bunica Bate Toba performed by Zdob și Zdub. In total, Moldova has appeared in the Grand Final on 11 occasions and, in 2017, SunStroke Project took the country to the top 3 in the Grand Final for the first time ever.