It’s official! Elle are withdrawing their song “Tare” from Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2016. The trio’s Moldovan-Romanian manager Alla Dontu confirmed the news exclusively to wiwibloggs today, citing “dirty business and scheming” as the principle reason. And, contrary to fan speculation and wishful thinking, Elle are not submitting “Extaz” nor “Tare” to Romania’s Selectia Nationala either.
Alla Dontu told wiwibloggs:
We are withdrawing from the Moldovan selection. Neither “Extaz” not “Tare” will be part of the contest. Music is important, but dirty business and scheming are not cute. And we do not intend to enter either song in Romania’s Selectia Nationala. Thanks for all your support!
This marks this year’s second withdrawal from O melodie pentru Europa, after the Belarusian-Moldovan duo Katherine and Litesound withdrew their song “Imagine” from the national selection, which was replaced by Valetina Neje’s “Va fi tarziu”. Broadcaster TRM is yet to acknowledge Elle’s withdrawal and to find a replacement for the semi-final.
Elle started off on the wrong foot when Tania Cerga, an original band member alongside Dara and Natalia Barbu, decided to leave the group shortly after “Tare” was submitted to TRM. She was replaced by the Romanian singer Ale Blake, and the song was also replaced with “Extaz”. However, because the deadline for submissions had already passed, TRM did not take “Extaz” into consideration, although the girls were allowed to perform the song at the live auditions, out of the contest.
Natalia and Dara performed “Tare” as a duo, and the song advanced to the semi-final stage.
“Tare” is fan favourite as well. According to our poll, Elle’s song currently ranks third in our reader’s preferences, behind Lidia Isac and Doinita Gherman’s entries.
Now that “Tare” will be withdrawn, it remains to be seen who was next after Valentina Nejel under the qualifiers line. And will that act have time to prepare and rehearse for the semi-final?
Moldova’s national selection seems to be plagued by allegations of corruption and funny business, and this year makes no exception. Last year the selection’s winner Eduard Romanyuta was openly accused by his fellow contestants and the press of bribing the jury (allegations he denies). Unconfirmed reports from unofficial sources say that this year yet another contestant has bought their ticket to Eurovision, but as of now there is no proof to these claims and no official statement regarding this issue.
What do you think about this debacle? Will you miss “Tare” from the Moldovan selection? Sound off below!