Chisinau calling! Today TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM) has confirmed Moldova’s participation in Eurovision 2016. The little country always goes big on eccentricity, so naturally we are delighted.
Once again they will stage their national selection O melodie pentru Europa, with the final slated for 27 February 2016. All entries must be submitted to [email protected] by 7 December. We already know that Sasha Bognibov — he of “My Lesbian Girl” and “Wounded Swan” fame — will submit an entry.
Foreigners need not apply. This year TRM has instituted a rule stating that you must have Moldovan citizenship to take part. That means last year’s representative — the Ukrainian Eduard Romanyuta — can’t reapply, nor can Britain’s Kitty Brucknell, who generated a lot of headlines when she advanced to the semi finals last year.
On 10 December, an internal jury will select up to 50 songs for a live performance round, to be held on 19 December. It’ll be streamed live, so get comfortable. The top 24 songs will make it through to the two semi-finals, to be held on 23 and 25 February. The top 7 acts from each heat will advance to the final as a result of a jury-televote split. The public will have the chance to “save” an eighth act, meaning that 16 will compete in the final.
MOLDOVA: NICOLETA NUCA
We’d love to see Nicoleta Nuca on the big stage, and we recently featured her in our Wednesday Wishlist. Here’s what we had to say:
I’m sorry to all you fans of quirky Moldovan trumpet-pop, but this is someone I need to share with y’all. Young, beautiful, and possibly the best vocalist in the whole of Moldova, here is Nicoleta Nuca. She burst on to the scene during last year’s X Factor Romania, emerging as a frontrunner to win the whole thing. Alas, she finished a disappointing fifth. Despite that, her debut single, “Nu Stunt” (which was Moldova’swiwivision entry), became a mega-hit. What’s most important, though, is that you watch the video, which boasts an impressive 10 million plus hits. The vocal experimentation, striking image, euphoric violins – who does it remind you of? That’s right ladies and gentlemen, we may have just found ourselves a Moldovan Loreen. Get in there quick Thomas G:Son!
Who do you want to see at Eurovision for Moldova? Let us know in the comments box below!