The first semi-final of Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa was broadcast live by TRM tonight, and the audience and the jury selected the first eight finalists. Together with eight more finalists from Thursday night, they will battle for the honour of representing Moldova in Vienna at the national final this Saturday, 28 February.
The semi-final featured everything from shaky vocals (we’re looking at you, Eduard), nerves galore (Kitty Brucknell’s performance was wanting), a pleasant surprise (Diana Brescan had the best show) some WTF moments (Irina Kitoroaga can rap, y’all!), the usual Moldovan craziness (Anisoara Volinschi’s dancers came in body bags), and, last but definitely not least, the epic hip movements of Epic Sax Guy.
Interval acts included former O melodie pentru Europa winners Aliona Moon, Pasha Parfeny, Cristina Scarlat, Olia Tira and Nelly Ciobanu, who all performed live. Needless to say, the first semi-final was enjoyable throughout.
However, only eight acts could advance to the final.
Seven of them were elected by 50% televote and 50% jury votes.
O melodie pentru Europa – Semi-final I qualifiers
1. Eduard Romanyuta – “I Want Your Love”
2. Diana Brescan – “Up And Down”
3. SunStroke Project feat. DJ Michael Ra – “Day after Day”
4. Serj Kuzenkoff – “Danu nazdravanu”
5. Glam Girls – “Magia”
6. Irina Kitoroaga – “I’m Gonna Get You”
7. Marcel Rosca – “Feelings Will Never Leave”
Eduard Romanyuta won the televoting in a landslide:
Final results scoreboard saw Eduard in first place again, with 19 points.
Mihaela Andrei is the eightth singer who was saved by televoting alone during the after-show and will join the seven finalists on Saturday, 28 February, when the winner of O melodie pentru Europa 2015 will be selected by 50% televote and 50% jury.
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