After two long semifinals to weed out eight songs from the Moldovan selection, we are left with a Grand Final tonight containing 16 entries, one of which will go on to win the Moldovan ticket to Vienna, Austria.

Nick van Lith and I will guide you through tonight’s mammoth four hour blockbuster as we watch on to see who will be victorious tonight.

The running order, as determined by the qualifiers selecting their position after each semifinal, is as follows:
1 – Miss M: “Lonely Stranger”
2 – Irina Kitoroagă: “I’m Gonna Get You”
3 – Eduard Romanyuta: “I Want Your Love”
4 – Dana Markitan: “Love Me”
5 – Diana Brescan: “Up and Down”
6 – Donița Gherman: “Inimă fierbinte”
7 – Doredos: “Maricica”
8 – Stela Boțan: “Save Me”
9 – Mihaela Andrei: “About Love”
10 – Lidia Isac: “I Can’t Breathe”
11 – Glam Girls: “Magia”
12 – Sunstroke Project & Michael Ra: “Day After Day”
13 – Julia Sandu: “Fire”
14 – Serj Kuzenkoff: “Danu năzdrăvanu”
15 – Marcel Roșca: “Feelings Will Never Leave”
16 – Valeria Pașa: “I Can Change All My Life”


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:25 pm

So, Eduard wins the whole thing with a total of 22 points.

Here’s the full results:

Eduard Romanyuta 22
Valeria Pașa 16
SunStroke Project & Michael Ra 14
Serj Kuzenkoff 11
Miss M 11
Doredos 10
Stela Boțan 8
Diana Brescan 7
Donița Gherman 5
Dana Markitan 6
Marcel Roșca 4
Irina Kitoroagă 2


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:19 pm

Here’s the televote result:


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:17 pm


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:16 pm

Here’s the jury vote


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:15 pm

Eduard has won both votes and goes to Vienna for Moldova. Here comes the full results


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:14 pm

We’re back and I have the full jury results for you, hang on!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:10 pm

We’ve gone to a break… I believe there was an issue with the last juror’s points. We’ll get back to you as soon as we know.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:07 pm

Lidia gets her first points, 4 and Julia also gets her first points, 7.

8 goes to Marcel, 10 goes to Serj and 12 goes to Valeria.

This is how the table looks:

Valeria 90
Eduard 84
Miss M 67
SunStroke 61
Diana 61
Serj 48
Dana 44
Marcel 43
Irina 38


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:04 pm

8 points go to Dana, 10 goes to Diana and 12 goes to Valeria

This is how the table looks:

Eduard 84
Valeria 78
Miss M 67
SunStroke 61
Diana 61
Dana 43
Serj 38


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:02 pm

8 points go to Dana, 10 points go to Diana and 12 go to Valeria.

This is how the table looks:

Eduard 79
Valeria 66
Miss M 64
SunStroke 54
Diana 51
Dana 35


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 201510:00 pm

Valeria gets 8, 10 goes to Serj and 12 goes to Eduard.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:59 pm

Eduard gets 8 now with 64, Miss M gets 10 up to 56. The 12 goes to SunStroke Project who go up to 46.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:59 pm

Now, Diana recieves 2, SunStroke 3 and Miss M 7. His 8 goes to Valeria, 10 goes to Stela and 12 goes to Eduard.

This is how the table looks:

Eduard 56
Miss M 46
SunStroke 34
Valeria 40
Diana 33
Dana 25
Stela 24
Irina 20
Marcel 18
Doinita 18
Serj 17
Doredos 16
Glam Girls 1

Lidia 0
Julia 0
Mihaela 0


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:56 pm

The next juror gives 10 to Eduard, lifting him above Miss M.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:55 pm

Our fourth juror now gives 2 to Diana and her 31 looks vulnerable. Valeria gets 5 taking her to 26. SunStroke gets 8 and up to 28. Miss M goes into the lead with 10 points, taking her to 34. Eduard gets the twelve though and goes level with Miss M.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:54 pm

Our third juror gives 7 to Diana, she now was 29, 2 to Eduard who has 22 and 4 to Valeria who has 21.

8 points go to SunStroke lifting them into fourth, Dana gets 10 and into fifth, then 12 go to Miss M who takes second place.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:53 pm

Our second juror gives 8 to SunStroke Project, 10 to Diana (taking her to 22) and Eduard scores 12 and sits at 20 points.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:52 pm

Our first juror gives 12 to Diana Brescan.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:52 pm

And onto the jury results


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:50 pm

We’re back with the hosts though now in Moldova.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:46 pm

Another intermission for advertisements in Moldova, so perhaps we are closer to a result.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:40 pm

Whatever this Spanish song is, I’m dancing my hips off over here. I blame the gin.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:36 pm

The show must go one… apparently. Excellent. I’m sure they meant “go on”.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:32 pm

We’ve got some dancing to Taylor Swift’s incredible hit “I Knew You Were Trouble”.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:31 pm

We’re still here, we promise. In fact, I’m back. I hope you’re still with us. The gin is still with me.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20159:22 pm

We figured there’s not much going on except intervals for another half hour…


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:21 pm

We are still being entertained. I apologise for our lack of updates, Nick and I have vested interest elsewhere…


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20159:08 pm

Yep but we are being entertained now with some more music. This is on the same level of quality as the entries tonight.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20159:01 pm

This scheduled to last another 75 minutes…


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:58 pm

We’re back in the green room now too.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:58 pm

In fact, we’ve only just finished the recap. Eight minutes to go through all the entries tonight.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:55 pm

Look, I’ll be honest, we’ve got a long time until Moldova actually makes their mind up still. There’ll be plenty of interval entertainment… if you can call it that!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:53 pm

I mean I love Doredos and all but Stela was excellent and of course, who doesn’t love SunStroke Project? One of those would suit me, but of course it’s up to the jury and the Moldovan public tonight.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:51 pm

I’m going for SunStroke Project, Miss M and Stela Botan tonight!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:50 pm

And now a quick recap of tonight’s 16 performances.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:48 pm

We’re back in the green room, if you couldn’t guess.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:43 pm

I Can Change All My Life

It’s better than Marcel, yes, Nathan. But that’s not hard. Anything is better than Marcel. Valeria’s voice is pretty damn awesome, has to be said. Her song is meh, one of the better ones tonight. The only thing is, I’m not sure how this girl is going to stand out from the other female vocal power would it get to Vienna.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:42 pm

There’s a bit of microphone feedback throughout the performance by Valeria has such a lovely vocal quality that even though this song is so Whitney and so dull, it may just have a good result at the end of the show tonight.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:41 pm

It’s hard to believe Nick, but we are now at the end. Finally. Let’s see what Valeria Pașa has for us with his English language entry, “I Can Change All My Life”. Perhaps it will be better than Marcel.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:38 pm

Feelings Will Never Leave

I didn’t think it’d be possible. But it is. This is officially the worst song of the night. It’s just absolutely pathetic. Marcel is off key, the song just goes nowhere, it does nothing, it’s old-fashioned and should really go back home now…


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:37 pm

We are two from the end here as Marcel Roșca presents “Feelings Will Never Leave”


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:36 pm

Tell you what Nick, I completely agree but I love it. It’s so Moldovan.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:34 pm

Danu Nazdravanu

Hahahahaha oh my god, this is is such an epic hot mess. It’s just one big chaotic feast on stage. I’d laugh my ass off if Moldova chose this. Hahahaha.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:32 pm

I have to admit, I quite liked Serj in the semis.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:32 pm

Honestly. This got nothing from the jury and probably will be the same tonight. Her vocal is not at all confident. This will rely on its late draw and up-tempo track to keep it in the televote game. The red fabric is back with her backing dancers hiding behind it until the first chorus. There is a lot of choreography but the bulk of the good vocals is left to the backing singers. She copes better tonight with the high notes but it’s still shaky.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:32 pm

Next up is Serj Kuzenkoff!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:29 pm

Fire

This is terrible. I don’t have anything else to say. It’s terrible.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:27 pm

We’re back into the show now after those interviews. Julia Sandu is next with “Fire” as we head towards the closing straight here in Moldova.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:23 pm

Nearly there Nick, the next act tonight also was a wildcard choice after Semifinal 2. Good luck.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:15 pm

Time for another break! Duh!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:15 pm

God, I love that man.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:15 pm

Day After Day

I hated Run Away. I really did. But this is decent. I think it’s a pretty decent attempt, the singer’s voice is pretty damn awesome actually! And they know how to use their biggest redeeming factor: EPIC SAX GUY!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:11 pm

Next up are indeed SunStroke Project and Michael Ra!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:11 pm

Nick, I think I left you for the worst part of this show. Sorry! Don’t worry though, SunStroke Project are up next to save the day!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:10 pm

Magia

So… I can’t believe I’m saying this. But this middle of the road piece of nothingy music is one of the best tonight. It’s nice on the ears, it’s simple. It’s not big and glamourous, it’s noting massive or major. It’s decent.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:07 pm

Time for glamour. I think… Glam Girls!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:06 pm

I Can’t Breathe

Lidia looks horrible, sorry to say. The song is mediocre at best, cheap dance/pop.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:03 pm

Here’s Lidia Isac!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20158:01 pm

About Love

I see why this scraped through. It’s scraping the barrel. This girl can’t sing, she’s stumbling out high, pitchy tones. The background is a bit of Caroban, the appearance is… rubbish. This really is one of the worst.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20158:00 pm

Just a warning, Nick, this was diabolical on Tuesday and only scraped through on the post-show 100% televote wildcard selection.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:58 pm

Ready for song 9, Mihaela Andrei!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:55 pm

I’ll throw you some gin, Nick, to ease the loneliness. I won’t leave you for too long!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:54 pm

So, I’m on my own now. Help me. If you need a drink, you have some time right now!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:52 pm

We head back to the greenroom now to speak to the previous four artists performing. We’re halfway through. Does it feel like it, Nick?

I’m going to love you and leave you for about… forty minutes, perhaps enough time for Moldova to complete their performances. Maybe not. I’ll leave you in the capable hands of my Dutch colleague.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:51 pm

Guess what! Interviews!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:51 pm

Save Me

This actually looks like a bad copy of Evanescence. The song isn’t bad, but it just keeps on repeating the same damn thing. I mean, this song has potential, they’re just doing nothing with it! Vocally she’s awesome, yes, she is. But they’ve got so much potential. Sad.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:50 pm

So Stela is yet again backed by her band The Cadence of Heart. She’s wearing what could be a white and silver sequined wedding dress tonight. The powerful lyrics do appear on the video screens again tonight. Stela seems to be struggling to walk in this dress too, making the performance somewhat stationary but her operatic-style vocal is fantastic and the best we have heard all night so far… until the second chorus where she definitely misses the top note on her first attempt at it… and her second attempt too. She’s was tied by an odd ball and chain too until the final chorus where she unhooks it from the wedding dress. Luckily for her, she’s got the vocal right for this last chorus. Wouldn’t mind if that won, if I’m honest.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:47 pm

Maricica

Opposite to Nathan, I think this is shit. How can the man who came up with Moldova’s piece of epicness, O Mie, come up with this shithorrid piece of nothingness? Wearing headphones on stage? Must be to prevent themselves from hearing the vocal diarrhea they crap out.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:47 pm

PS Nick, don’t forget Lautar!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:47 pm

Next up is Evanescence! I mean Stela Boțan! Her song “Save Me” scored well, equal first in fact with Doredos, on Thursday. How will it fare tonight?


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:46 pm

Maricica

Opposite to Nathan, I think this is shit. How can the man who came up with Moldova’s piece of epicness, O Mie, come up with this shithorrid piece of nothingness? Wearing headphones on stage? Must be to prevent themselves from hearing the vocal diarrhea they crap out.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:46 pm

Oh Doredos, their vocal is ever so flat in the chorus and I can’t work out which one of them is out of tune, perhaps all three. My absolute highlight is the Peruvian indigenous outfits and panpipes. The top notes are pretty marvelouslly bad too. The choreography is epic.

That was a hot mess.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:43 pm

Next up tonight, I’ll admit, is my favourite. It’s Doredos, with help from Pasha Parfeny, with their mainly English “Maricica”. Another uptempo song. Perhaps this and Doinita will cancel each other out.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:42 pm

Inima Fierbinte

It’s got to the point where I actually start to enjoy this. It’s epic, it’s a mess, it’s a hot epic mess, it’s fun, it’s absolutely horrible, but too catchy.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:42 pm

Donița is in her Moldovan coloured dress again and she misses her first attempt at a proper high note tonight. My favourite thing here is just how the front part of her fringe seems to move in the wind machine and when she’s shimmying from side to side. Fun, uplifting and somewhat enjoyable. That might just do it later in the show.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:38 pm

Donița Gherman gives us the first Moldovan language song of the night “Inimă fierbinte” has an English chorus too though. This is one of the favourites to win.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:38 pm

Actually, Nick, I think that was okay really. Average maybe at best. Okay, it wasn’t great but what has been yet? Tell you what, this next one is!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:37 pm

Up And Down

Repetitive it is then. It’s not shit, it’s not terrible. Just terribly repetitive. Evah evah evah – What are you singing, dear?
Also, this dancer is swinging his head around and inbetween her legs when she’s sitting down. Now I’m not sure that’s what a good choreography is supposed to do…


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:35 pm

With the way this show is going, can we add ‘Shit’ to the list, Nathan?


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:34 pm

Diana Brescan: “Up and Down” is our fifth entry tonight. Repetitive. Catchy. There’s two great words to describe this.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:33 pm

Eduard is being interviewed in English. Asking Moldova to vote for him – in English. Saying hi to his mum – in English. Now, I’m not sure, but the last time I checked, Moldova wasn’t known for their astonishing knowledge of the English language. I also doubt Eduard’s mum speaks English.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:32 pm

Eduard wants you to love him and vote for him because he’s done a lot for you to love him. Not too sure about that mate. You grew your hair but… that’s not much.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:28 pm

Oh #KittyWatch – Ms. Brucknell may not have made it to the stage tonight to perform in the Moldovan final but she is certainly there, tweeting: “For anyone watching the Moldova #EurovisionMD national final – watch after song 8 – I’m gonna photobomb”. So we’ll be watching out for that.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:27 pm

Did you spot that guy trying to hide when they started speaking to Irina, Nick? Maybe he was looking for the gin, too bad matey, I’ve got it.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:26 pm

The male host is now randomly screaming out famous Austrians. Random.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:26 pm

We’re back to the show in Moldova now and we head into the green room to speak to the first four performers from tonight. Eduard’s interview will be in English, remember, as he does not speak Moldovan.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:24 pm

I’m just leaving this here, as we discuss Eurovision advert season:


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:22 pm

We have to do something to keep us entertained! Commercial spotting is my new hobby. It is. I think. God, I’m desperate.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:22 pm

And our first advertisement intermission of the night. Don’t you just love all these foreign ad-breaks we are treated to during Eurovision season?


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:21 pm

Yes, Beyoncé taught us that.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:20 pm

Love Me

Dana’s song is a ballad, a big ballad and it’s a bit boring. She’zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Oh sorry, just woke up. It’s boring, doesn’t do much and just drags on for three minutes. Also: curly hair and wind machines is a no no.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:20 pm

Wind machine is on from the start. Wonder what the electricity bill is from those two fans on stage blowing Dana’s hair and frilly dress around. She really is “begging you to love me”, clearly she only wants to be loved so she can go to Eurovision and ask the whole continent and Australia to love her too. Vocal is capable though, that has to be said. A random guy appears to light some candles, rub his hands together into the fans, draping Dana in confetti. Looks like she’s getting married when he embraces her at the end. Yep, that just happened.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:17 pm

Another English language song here, a song by Dana Markitan. It’s a ballad called “Love Me”. Sounds a bit desperate, doesn’t it?


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:16 pm

I Want Your Love

This isn’t bad. It really isn’t. If I just keep saying that, will it get better? Please?
It’s a 90s/early 00s pop dance song by a guy with hair that’s TOO long. TOO long, I say.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:16 pm

Clearly trying to win votes, Eduard starts by saying good evening to the audience in Romanian. If any of you have seen the film “We’re the Millers”, Eduard looks like a dead-ringer for Scottie P, cap, long hair and all. Energetic and the backing singers support him when he wants to stop singing to dance more. Repetitive but catchy, I would say.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:12 pm

Here comes the televoting winner from Tuesday, Ukrainian Eduard Romanyuta keeps up the English lyrics with “I Want Your Love”. This is song 3.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:12 pm

She is STILL wearing that hideous outfit from the semifinals. Blue sequined one-piece leotard-style, with her legs out, except it DANGLES at crotch level… Her spoken word is where her inner-diva unveils itself, the multiple keychanges come in and she kinda forgets to sing, leaving her backing singers to it before unleashing a manic screech before the end.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:11 pm

I’m Gonna Get You

Well thanks Nathan, now I can only hear Love On Top in this. But then it’s Love On Top being raped and left for dead. Vocally she’s absolute terrifying. It’s like a child is trying to do this in the body of a 20 year old. The dress she’s wearing is hideous. A fabric blue flap is the only thing between her legs. Next. And fast.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:08 pm

Next up is Irina Kitoroagă with her “Love on Top” (Beyoncé) cover version… “I’m Gonna Get You” is song 2.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:07 pm

I saw this on Thursday and the setup is identical but with a lot less dry ice. I still don’t understand it. Scraking to use a word that Linda Martin coined last night in Ireland. I said Cristina Scarlat may have set the tone…


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:07 pm

Lonely Stranger

Wait… This song isn’t half bad! It’s pretty sweet, pretty decent and pretty nice. She and her guitar player stand on a box and then the box opens… not sure why, but hey. The rock bit is good. At escChat.com, Rua said this song is about Robin Williams. What a way to honour him…


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:04 pm

Now, Miss M with her song “Lonely Stranger” did win the jury’s hearts on Thursday, with such an early slot, will it be the same again tonight?


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:03 pm

The televote is open! Here we go! Song 1.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20157:01 pm

I did wonder what we were looking at, Nick.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20157:00 pm

But not before we see some images from Vienna…


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:59 pm

We’ve been introduced to the jury, we’re close to being underway now with the show.


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:58 pm

Kata on Twitter has already got in touch: @issavienojums “will be a long night, huh?”

She’s right.


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20156:56 pm

So this show is broadcast not only on TV, but also on radio in Moldova. May be interesting to know!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:55 pm

But yes, if you’re also watching the show tonight, please do send us a tweet @escXtra and we will get your thoughts in the blog where possible (I mean we do go to the green room a lot)


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:54 pm

Good job Nick speaks German because he’s actually got some idea of what’s going on here. I’m sat looking like a lemon while these two babble on! I just want songs, guys!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20156:52 pm

The hosts are opening in German and Moldovan. The guy is not that bad in German, really!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20156:51 pm

We’ll probably be needing mental support with this tonight, so make sure to support us and tweet us your thoughts @escXtra (or our personal twitters if you know us there!)


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:50 pm

As Nick says, Cristina Scarlat is back… this is a good indication of some vocal capabilities of what we may get tonight… shaky low notes and belting off key high notes. This is why you’ve got two of us…


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20156:49 pm

The expected opener now: Cristina Scarlat and her Wild Soul! And she’s worse than she was in Copenhagen!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:48 pm

After two mammoth semifinal shows, we said goodbye to eight songs and are left with the best sixteen that Moldova have to offer us. Sit tight, the juries favourites are very different from the televoting favourites and we could be left with a very close result!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20156:48 pm

An… interesting opening act here with a lot of dancers!


Nick van Lith
February 28, 20156:47 pm

Welcome everyone! Nathan and I will be doing our best to guide you through more than three hours of Moldovan television!


Nathan Waddell
February 28, 20156:46 pm

Hello Europe! We’ve got 16 songs, two hosts, two greenroom hosts and two live bloggers tonight for this almost four hour extravaganza tonight!

Technical Lead: I am a huge pop music fan and I love Rihanna, Years & Years, Sia, Zara Larsson and Sam Smith. However, more importantly, I love Eurovision. Melodifestivalen is my favourite National Final and if things look out of place on the website, it's most definitely my fault.

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