One thing is for sure, Eurovision would be a far duller place without the Moldovans.
Pasha Parfeny - Lăutar (Moldova 2012)
With only a few exceptions, Moldova has cut a place for itself as the King of Quirk at Eurovision. The Moldovan entries are usually catchy, highly energetic, fun little performances that aim to please the audience and stand out from the rest of the competition.
Quite a lot like Israel used to do in the 80's.
Pasha Parfeny doesn't just have a devilishly catchy and infectious song, he is also an unusually good showman who manages to keep the whole thing together without the slightest hint of strain.
He sings well, he dances with zeal, he finds the camera at every crucial moment.
Unlike many other ambitious performances this year (most notably France), Team Parfeny fills up the stage without making a mess. Every single little detail fits into the picture, every little moment adds to the completeness of it all. The dancers are fantastic. The backing vocalists are ace.
The viewer is never left wondering what on Earth is going on and is free to just sit back and enjoy the ride.
A tiny televisual piece of art, Made in Moldova. Very nice.
My grade: 4/5