Anna Odobescu is Moldova’s pick for Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Anna Odobescu!
1. Anna Odobescu is from Dubasari, on the left bank of the Nistru River in Moldova.
2. Anna graduated from the faculty of Pop and Jazz at Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in Chisinau.
3. Anna lost her father when she was a young girl, but found consolation in music for her terrible loss. Anna says that she finds peace and inner silence in music.
4. She is married to the composer Alexandru Vdovicenco.
5. Anna has taken part in various musical competitions and won many national and international awards, including participating in contests in St. Petersburg, Smolensk, Grand Prix of Discovery 2007 in Tiraspol, and has taken first place at the Martisoare Dorohoian Festival 2012, Două inimi gemene in 2015 and second place at the Slavic Bazaar festival in Vitebsk 2016.
6. She auditioned for the Russian series of ‘The Voice’ in 2017.
7. Anna competed in the 2018 version of Melodi pentru Europa with the song ‘Agony’, written by Valeriu Pașa. The song finished in fifth place with 11 points. She lost out to the winners DoReDos who went on to represent Moldova at Eurovision 2018 with ‘My Lucky Day’.
8. She won the national selection show O melodie pentru Europa on 2 March 2019 with the song ‘Stay’. She topped the jury vote and came second in the televote giving her a total of 22 points out of a possible 24. She competed against the likes of Lemonique, Diana Brescan and Maxim Zavidia. The song, written by the team of Georgios Kalpakidis, Thomas Reil, Jeppe Reil, and Maria Broberg.
9. Anna reacted to her win by saying:
‘I had very big emotions, but they are beautiful emotions, indescribable emotions and I’m really proud to have succeeded. For me it is a very important step in my life. And I hope to represent the country with dignity, I will do everything for that’.
10. Anna will reportedly be joined in Israel by Moldova’s most successful Eurovision representative Sunstroke Project. At this time it is unclear in what capacity that they will be supporting her.