Starting at 11:00 CET today, Moldovan broadcaster TRM will air the live auditions of the 50 songs selected for the national selection O melodie pentru Europa. You can watch them on the TeleRadio Moldova website here. Until then, let’s the discuss our five picks for the day.
After 68 songs were submitted to Moldova’s national selection, TRM’s jury selected 50 of them for the national selection. Twenty-four acts will advance to the two semi-finals, which will be held on the 24th and 26th of February respectively. The national final has been set for the 28th of February.
The Moldovan broadcaster accepted foreign applicants this year for the very first time, and they did not hesitate to submit their songs. UK acts Kitty Brucknell and Asifa Lahore, both of whom also tried for the Swiss selection, are the hottest international names. Both are looking forward to showcasing their songs today, taking to Twitter to express their enthusiasm.
— Kitty Brucknell (@kittybrucknell) January 15, 2015
We also cannot wait to see these two ladies perform! Kitty Brucknell has been a favourite of ours since she first expressed interest in representing the UK (but was irreverently snubbed by the BBC), and we hope that Chisinau will embrace Asifa Lahore’s song and personality. If at least one of these two acts will advance to the semi-finals, we will be happy! And it would be simply amazing if Asifa beats the odds and convinces the judges with her song “You and I”.
Kitty is competing with two songs, “Remix” and “Yearning”, but the latter is widely expected to advance. Kitty is determined to make an impression from the get-go and hinted that her outfit would be anything but casual at the live audition. Colour us intrigued!
The fact that foreign artists have been allowed to compete does not scare Moldovan acts though. Doinita Gherman told the Moldovan press that the foreign presence should act like a motivator for the local artists to perform even better. She added, “If I’m afraid of foreign artists here, what should I do on the big Eurovision stage? Run away screaming?” Her song, “Inima fierbinte” (“Fiery Heart”), is a hot Latino number that will help the energetic singer to wow the judges for certain. After all, Doinita is a staple of the Moldovan selection, competing, Sanna Nielsen style, for the seventh time this year! (Also, expect to see a slimmed-down, sexier version of Doinita. Just saying.)
Another sure semi-finalist act is SunStroke Project, who already represented Moldova in 2010. Lead singer Sergei Yalovitsky said that the band is feeling somewhat regretful of the fact that they submitted two songs, which means that only one can advance, but will leave this decision up to the judges. They couldn’t choose between the more mellow “Day After Day” and the “explosive” dance track “Lonely”, but if it were up to us, the latter should be selected for the semi-finals. However, it’s a toss up and anyway, both songs could do with a bit of polishing up.
Another strong contender is the little-known Cezara, whose song “Am devenit straini” (We’ve Become Alienated) is creating some buzz among Eurofans. The song was recorded in Romania and has Romanian footprints all over it. “Am devenit straini” was not written for Eurovision, but Cezara entered it in the selection on a hunch at the last minute. It will be interesting to know whether the singer will confirm the hype at the live auditions.
Regardless of what their hype now, only the artists’ performance and the judges’ verdict will decide who advances to the semi-finals. Moldova, land of wacky Eurovision staging, pointy hats, epic sax guys and giant dresses, is gearing up for another memorable year, and this is literally the stage where its next representative will debut their song. Are you going to watch today’s live auditions marathon?