Tonight’s Moldovan national final of O melodie pentru Europa showcased 16 songs – some great, some wanting – from 16 very different acts. Only one got the ticket to Vienna though, and that was Ukrainian Eduard Romanyuta with “I Want Your Love”. The 22-year old singer previously participated in his home country’s national selection Evrobachennya in 2012 and 2013. It is the first time that Moldova will be represented by an international artist at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Eduard Romanyuta took advantage of this year’s new rule that opened the doors to international artists to compete in Moldova’s national selection. He won the first semi-final and managed to beat Moldovan veterans like SunStroke Project or Doinita Gherman in the final, earning the victory with the dance track “I Want Your Love”.
Eduard Romanyuta was second in jury votes, behind Valeria Pasa.
Like in the first semi-final, he won the televote in a landslide again. 13,500 votes for a song is the highest number of televotes ever for a single song in a Moldovan national selection event.
The combined televote and jury votes seess Eduard Romanyuta winning with a six-point advantage over Valeria Pasa. SunStroke Project are third, while Miss M is fourth.
Eduard Romanyuta has been accused in the Moldovan press this week of copying Mariah Carey’s “I Want Your Love”. However, this did not impress the jury, who gave him a lot of top marks. There have been some allegations of televote rigging and vote buying and we are quite sure that this will not end here, at least as far as the Moldovan media is concerned.
RIP EUROVISION MOLDOVA. It doesn’t matter that he is Ukrainian, what matters is that he is corrupt.
Earlier, he wrote:
It is so obvious that almost everything was bought. Too bad… I feel ashamed.
All the other 15 acts boycotted the aftershow when Eduard Romanyuta won. SunStroke Project stormed out of the Green Room in disgust. During the aftershow, the judges and members of the press discussed whether it was right to open the door to foreigners, and agreed that, after 10 national selection editions of sending Moldovan artists, it was time to try sending someone from abroad. The political aspect of having an Ukrainian singer represent Moldova was also hotly debated.
Nevertheless, until proven guilty, Eduard Romanyuta is the rightful winner of Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2015 with “I Want Your Love”. What do you think about the result tonight? How do you think that Eduard’s song will do in Vienna?