This morning Moldova’s TRM opened its studios so that its expert jury could evaluate the 47 entries submitted to O melodie pentru Europa 2016, its national selection for Eurovision. Lidia Isac — one of our pre-audition favourites — nailed her number “Falling Stars”. And Litesound delivered a surprisingly strong duet with Katherine. There were, of course, plenty of WTF moments, as when housewife Nadejda Rotaru sang about flying in the sky with a zebra, and when the unfortunately named Poison Lust sang “Black Magic”. Now, several hours later and following closed-door deliberations, TRM has revealed the 24 semi-finalists for February’s show. Did your favourites make it? Let’s find out…

O melodie pentru Europa 2016 semi-finalists

Andrei Ionita & Onoffrei – “Lie”

Che-MD – “Voda e cu noi”

Nadia Mosneagu – “Memories”

Felicia Dunaf – “You and Me”

Russu Emilia – “I am Not The Same”

Katherine and Litesound – “Imagine”

Chriss Jeff – “Good Life”

Rodica and Ivan Aculov – “Stop Lying”

Big Flash Sound – “Cind vrei”

Doinita Gherman – “Irresistible”

Valeria Pasa – “Save Love”

Lidia Isac – “Falling Stars”

Viola – “In the Name of Love”

Cristina Pintilie – “Picture of Love”

Valentin Uzun – “Mine”

DoReDos – “FunnyFolk”

Max Fall feat. Vozniuc Dan & Malloy – “Game Lover”

Maxim Zavidia – “La La Love”

Diana Brescan – “Till The End”

Chris Maroo – “Tonight”

https://youtu.be/WJPpyQCTN0k

ELLE – “Tare”

ELLE were also allowed to perform “Extaz” with their replacement member Ale Blake during today’s live auditions, despite having their appeal rejected by TRM on Thursday evening.

PRIZA – “Rewind”

Beatrice – “Saved My Heart For You”

Anna Gulko – “Never Let Go”

The first and second semi-finals will take place on 23 and 25 February respectively, with the final on 27 February.

Do you agree with their decisions? What were your highlights from the live auditions?

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Manuela
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Litesound and Katherine are for me the potential winners for Moldova !! Great music, great lyrics, fresh duo )))

Sparrow
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Sparrow

Suddenly just realized how great Game Lover is.

Nikolaoufromchilectm
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Nikolaoufromchilectm

till the end, voda e cu noi and save love are the best options in my humble opinion
i can say that Moldova dont has bad songs, just bad singers xD
Except Chris Maroo and “Tonight” Goddamit, it´s the worst song and live that i heard in my whole life. It´s exactly the stereotype that i cant stand. It´s a fucking 0/10 or 0/100 or…well….ZERO/CERO/NULL.

Matenohoru
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Matenohoru

The only that I like is Falling Stars but Lidia should improve her high notes… Great song but at this moment not the best singer (let’s wait…) Best voice Valería but a forgeteable song…

Pat Clarke
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Pat Clarke

Some good songs here. Taking it as read that these performances are just auditions and the final presentation would be elevated on all, my personal favourite is ‘Imagine’ . Good international sound and nice contrast of vocal styles …. pretty girl and hunky guy 🙂 With a good production and presentation, this should score well if it makes it to Stockholm.

Thomasfan22
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Thomasfan22

Weak for your love didnt make it? Darnit!

Antranig Shokayan
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“Tare” is perfection even when down a member.

Mathew
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Mathew

It’s definitely going to be Doinita Gherman or Lidia Isac for Stockholm, without a doubt! Who knows, Moldova might actually do pretty well this year! 🙂

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

So its been a year since Kitty Bracknell auditioned? Wow. Time flew!!

DenizNL
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DenizNL

Falling stars made it! Yass.

AnesBosna
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AnesBosna

As I’m re-listening to most of the songs that qualified, I actually notice that Moldova has so many good songs, and especially a strong line up.
I could see Moldova do really good in Stockholm 🙂

eve
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eve

Tare and Irresistible are the only ones that have a chance to make it to the final, the rest not so much

CookyMonzta
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CookyMonzta

@Robyn: In almost every case, being first out the gate doesn’t matter as much as being first in the end. As far as I know, Sasha was the very first artist to release a song intended for the ESC. I thought maybe he’d make it to the show; but unfortunately that isn’t the case.

Steven
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Steven

YASSS STOP LYING MADE IT <3 LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!

MINE MADE IT <33333333

FALLING STARS <3333

All my faves made it I'm happy! Go Moldova!

BB
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BB

Irresistible is the best for me ^3^

Eurovision & Disney
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Eurovision & Disney

YAAAASSSS! Valeria made it! I love it! If she goes to Stockholm, I’ll “save” my votes for her!

Ben Rafter
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Ben Rafter

Good that irresistible got picked

Sparrow
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Sparrow

Happy ‘Till the end’ made it!

Diop
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Diop

Valeria Pasa has the best voice,but the song is so boring,unfortunately.Doinita has the best energy on the stage,but her voice wasn’t great today.
Moldova is hopeless this year for me

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

Sad that Sasha Bognibov didn’t make it, but it wasn’t his best year for songcraft and it was still thrilling to see him perform live.

Milim
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Milim

Yes ! “irresistible” made it !!