It’s been more than three weeks since Moldovan broadcaster TRM made its call for submissions to O melodie pentru Europa 2017 — the country’s national selection for Eurovision. However, with less than two weeks before the submission window closes on 18 January, just three candidates have sent in their songs. This is nothing new, however: each year most acts submit their bids at the last minute. But who are the three hopefuls so far?
According to TRM, the three candidates are folk-rock band Che-MD, the male duo Serj Coston and Sergey Beloff, and brass band Formatia Ion Krasnopolski. This marks an improvement over last year, when after the first month, no song had been submitted to O melodie pentru Europa 2016.
Serj Coston and Sergey Beloff – “I’ve Been Searching”
The first act to break the ice, Serj and Sergey have already started promoting their song with a performance on Veranda TV. Nothing more endearing than two guys lipsynching a love song!
Che-MD – “Faurit in Moldova” (Made in Moldova)
We know Che-MD from previous attempts to represent Moldova at Eurovision. Last year, the band submitted the song “Voda e cu noi”. It reached the final, but despite being the televoters’ 11th choice, it was marked last by the jury. Che-MD finished dead last in the combined results with zero points.
Formatia Ion Krasnopolski – “Invitatie la nunta moldoveneasca” (Moldovan Wedding Invitation)
You can listen to the song here. It’s not the first time for the brass band either: they made it to the live stages in 2011 with “Cu fanfara pana dimineata” (With the brass band until dawn). They’re a jolly group, but would they appeal to the Eurovision fandom? It remains to be seen.
Will there be a semi-final?
Given its previous experience and the general lack of talent willing to represent the country at Eurovision, TRM has specified that, if not enough acts submit songs for the national selection, the semi-final, scheduled for 24 February, might scrapped altogether by the jury. In this case, eight acts selected by the music professionals at the live audition on 21 January will advance directly to the final on 25 February. There, the winner will be determined by the standard 50% jury, 50% televote split.
What do you think about this? Is it better to have fewer acts and just one final or do you want more Moldovan music? And what do you think about the songs so far? Let us know below!
Interview with Lidia Isac at Eurovision 2016
Photo: Andres Putting (EBU)