Moldova: Artists draw running order for semi-final of O melodie pentru Europa 2017

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Putting any and all drama of the past week behind them, the 14 confirmed hopefuls in Moldova today gathered at TRM headquarters in Chisinau to draw the running order for the semi-final of O melodie pentru Europa 2017, which takes place on 24 February.

Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu opens the semi-final with their entry “Don’t Lie”, while The One will bring the curtain down with their entry “Dance”. Eight of the semi-finalists will then advance to the final, which follows a day later on 25 February. A combination of televoting and a jury panel of music professionals will decide who will be Moldova’s Eurovision 2017 representative in Kyiv.

O melodie pentru Europa 2017 semi-final running order

  1. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t lie”
  2. Russu Emilia – “If Only You”
  3. Sandy C – “A Beautiful World”
  4. Valeria Pasa – “Freedom”
  5. Sergiu Punga – “Ne-a fost iubirea un joc”
  6. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – “Discover Moldova”
  7. Marks & Stefanet – “Join Us in the Rain”
  8. Chirtoaca Aurel – “Dor de mama”
  9. Big Flash Sound – “Logic”
  10. SunStroke Project – “Hey Mamma”
  11. Diana Brescan – “Breath”
  12. Nadia Mosneagu – “Never Give Up on Us”
  13. Samir Loghin – “Glow”
  14. The One – “Dance”

The build-up to the semi-final of O melodie pentru Europa 2017 has been far from plain sailing. Constantin Cobilean was the first act to leave the contest, after it was discovered that his entry “Mama” was previously performed on Russian X Factor in 2015. He was eventually replaced by Nadia Mosneagu.

Shortly afterwards, Irina Kit became the next act to leave after fans pointed out that her song “Baby Don’t Cry” had a chorus that sounded similar to Akon’s 2006 single “Bananza (Belly Dancer)”. She was replaced by Samir Loghin.

And yesterday, Boris Covali announced his withdrawal from the competition due to “personal reasons”. His replacement was eventually confirmed as Sergiu Punga, who will perform fifth in the semi-final with his entry “Ne-a fost iubirea un joc”. His partner Valentina Nejel declined to participate, claiming other engagements.

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