Moldova’s broadcaster TRM have chosen the 16 finalists for O Melodie Pentru Europa – the Eurovision national selection for Moldova. TRM also decided there will be no semi-finals, sending all 16 acts to one final on 24th February.
TRM held auditions with the 27 acts, with a jury led by 2009 Eurovision participant Nelly Ciobanu. The jury members and organising committee discussed after the auditions the idea of removing the 22 February semi-final due to the low turnout of songs. Organisers later announced a decision was made to eliminate the semi-final and instead send the 16 qualifiers directly to the final on the 24 February.
The final 16 acts are as follows:
- Anna Odobescu – “Agony”
- Anna Timofei – “Endlessly”
- Bella Luna – “Moments”
- Che MD – “Inima-n stanga” (Heart To The Left)
- Cobilean Constantin – “Numai Tu” (Only You)
- Doinita Gherman – “Dance In Flames”
- DoReDos – “My Lucky Number”
- Felicia Dunaf – “Alien”
- Ilia Soroceanu & Dasha DaGro – “Minds & Veins”
- Lavinia Rusu – “Altundeva” (Somewhere Else)
- Nicoleta Sava – “Esencia Del Sur” (Essence Of The South)
- Ruslan Tsar – “Come To Life”
- Sandy C & Aaron Sibley – “Once Upon A Time”
- Tolik – “Broken Glass”
- Vera Turcanu – “Black Heart”
- Viorela – “The Gates Of Love”
My Lucky Day advances to the final
DoReDos are currently the favourites to represent Moldova with their song “My Lucky Day” – composed by the ‘Dream Team”s Philipp Kirkorov. The 16 finalists will now compete in the final, with the winner chosen by a 50/50 combination of jury and televote.
Moldova on a high
Moldova are on a high after scoring their best ever result last year in Kyiv. SunStroke Project managed to finish in third place with “Hey Mamma”, defying all pre-contest odds.
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