After three weeks, and with just ten days to go until Moldova’s deadline for submissions (23 January), only two artists have shown interest in the national selection “O melodie pentru Europa”. However, organizers hope that more songs will be submitted at the last minute.
The Moldovan press reports that, despite the fact that the selection rules have changed back to the ones in 2012, only two artists have entered their songs in the competition since the submission window was opened on 26 December 2013. Last year, the regulation was highly contested because it ruled that an artist could be selected to perform a different song than the one they entered into the competition. Consequently, some artists withdrew from the competition, most notably Natalia Ciobanu, who submitted her song “Confession” to the Romanian Selectia Nationala. Nonetheless, 49 artists still applied and 24 advanced to the Moldovan semi-finals. National final winner Aliona Moon’s song “O mie” went on to represent the country and finished a respectable 11th place in Sweden.
This year, broadcaster TRM reverted to the old rules, which should see a higher number of candidates, however this is not the case yet. We wonder if it’s a matter of postponing submissions or lack of interest. Given the success of the country in Eurovision, we hope it’s the former. And maybe TRM will extend its call for submissions? After all, according to the schedule, the first semi-final is not until 11 March.
Moldova’s participation is one of the most anticipated in Eurovision. Its memorable and often outlandish acts add salt and pepper to the contest. Who would you like to see performing in Copenhagen this year?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.
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Photo: Giel Domen (EBU)