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SONG   "Lăutar" (Musician)
SINGER   Pasha Parfeny
MUSIC Pasha Parfeny & Alex Brașoveanu  LYRICS Pasha Parfeny
DRAW   #17 in the first semi-final



Moldovan broadcaster TRM was one of the last to confirm their participation in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest, only announcing that they would be sending an entry to Baku, on December 28th. The following week TRM announced more information on their selection process. Entries from all over Europe were accepted until January 16th and most of these were put online by TRM, as they were received. Songs that passed an internal selection then performed their entries live in front of the jury, who shortlisted twenty finalists. Another entry was added to the line-up for the final, through at internet vote.

The Moldovan Final was held on March 11th at the TRM TV Studios in Chisinau and hosted by Marcel Spataru, Evelina Varlan and Dorina Gherganov. The winner was chosen by a 50/50 mix of televoting and a jury. In a split decision, the song that was second with telvoters, but the favourite of the jury, went to Baku and "Lautar" (Musician) performed by Pasha Parfeny carries the Moldovan hopes at Eurovision.



Pasha Parfeny’s real name is Pavel Parfeny. The artist has a big musical experience behind him. He participated in different national and international festivals where he almost always took first place. In his country, he is known as Pasha Parfeny or simply Pasha.

Pasha Parfeny was born on May 30th, 1986 in Moldova. Music has always played an important role in his life. Pasha’s parents who are both musicians have always supported his musical career. Pasha’s mother was a piano teacher at the music school of the city of Orhei. His father was a singer and guitarist.

Pasha Parfeny started his musical career at the age of seven, studying classical piano at the music school. In 2002 he entered Tiraspol Music College where he gained a lot of experience as a vocalist. Later on, in 2006, Pasha Parfeny continued his musical studies at the State Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts where he tried himself as a composer.

Pasha is also known as a former member of the band Sunstroke Project. 2009 the band with Pasha Parfeny as the vocalist participated in the Moldovan Eurovision qualifying contest where they came third with their song No Crime. In late autumn 2010, Pasha's contract expired and he left the band. In 2010, the singer participated in the Moldovan national selection with his song You Should Like and finished second.

Pasha Parfeny is the owner of some musical prizes and awards. Already in 2003, he was awarded Grand Prix at the competition Voices Of Transnistria. In 2007, Pasha Parfeny got the first place in the festivals Duet Of The Year and Silver Lantrei in Bulgaria. In 2009, the artist took part in the International Festival of pop music George Grigoriu where he won another Grand Prize. In the same year, Pasha Parfeny participated in Mamaia Contest in Romania where he got the first place in the creation section with Andrew Tudor’s song You Do Not See The Sky. And last but not least, the singer is a winner of the International Music Festival Slavianski Bazar in Vitebsk in 2009.


As one of the last songs to be chosen and coming from one of the longest national finals, little attention was paid to the Moldovan song, when it was selected and a lack of international promotion hasn't changed that. However some good new came in March, with a great position in the running order for the first semi-final.

Bookmakers do not rate the song among the Top 10 songs most likely to qualify from the semi-final and at 150/1, Hungary is an unlikely winner. Internet polls also have the song closer to the bottom that the top of their ranking.


Date Rehearsal Press Conference
Monday May 14th 17-25 - 18-05 18:50 - 19:30
Friday May 18th 13:00 - 13:30 14:15 - 14:45
*Baku is four hours ahead of Ireland and the schedule has still to be confirmed officially






  Running Order
  Fan Polls






  • First entry: 2005
  • Number of previous entries: 7
  • Best result: 6th (2005) 
  • Worst result: 22nd (2010), failed to qualify (2008)   
  • Qualification record: 5/1 (83% success)




"The coming together of 2009's "Hora Din Moldova" and 2010's "Ovo Je Balkan" is an explosion of Balkan ethno-pop" and I must admit I  really like it. It's harmless fun, well performed and I'm sure that the performance in Baku will be typically over the top. I think that this is virtually guaranteed finalist and if it gets a good draw in the final, it could do very well." - Keith Mills



":It is fun, it is up-tempo, it is well sung, but it is messy. There were few strong songs in Moldova this year, this was one of them, but it needs a remake for the ESC stage. All in all a nice choice for Moldova." - Athan (Greece)

"Balkan trash always seem to do better than it deserves and no amount of  stage gimmicks can hide the fact that this is a weak example of the genre. It could get lost between Austria and Ireland." - Sean O'Brien  (Ireland)

" I think most fans have underrated this one. It's a very clever mix of balkan music with modern beats a la Shantel and the humorous lyrics are really good. I wouldn't be surprised to see it ending up in the left side of the scoreboard." - Paschalis Barmpoutis  (Greece)

"If Zdob şi Zdub could qualify last year with the terrible "So lucky" then Pasha Parfeny should easily qualify for the final. It's a fun and upbeat song. I love this song more than that from their neighbours Romania." - Nicky Peeters (Belgium)

"Jolly tune, cute guy, and 12 points from Romania will see this qualify. Again, a familiar sound to other Moldovan entries but will flounder in the final."- Chris Church  (U.K.)