After a spectacular show in Chisinau, complete with a firework trumpet, a lazy susan and a hand theatre, Moldova has chosen its first eight finalists for Saturday’s O melodie pentru Europa final. Twelve acts competed in tonight’s first semi-final, with the result being determined by a mixture of jury and public votes.
Valeria Pasa stole the hearts of the jury members, who awarded her the highest number of points. Doinita Gherman followed her in second, with DoReDos in third place.
Viewers saw things quite differently. Maxim Zavidia scored highest with the televotes, Valentin Uzun was second and Che-Md were third.
The first eight finalists
- Maxim Zavidia – “La La Love”
- Valeria Pasa – “Save Love”
- Doinita Gherman – “Irresistible”
- DoReDos – “FunnyFolk”
- Viola – “In The Name Of Love”
- Valentin Uzun – “Mine”
- Che-MD – “Voda e cu noi”
- Emilia Russu – “I Am Not The Same” (saved by televoting during the aftershow)
The seven direct finalists drew the running order for Saturday onstage: Maxim Zavidia: 2, Valeria Pasa: 15, Doinita Gherman: 3, DoReDos: 13, Viola: 12, Che-MD: 6 and Valentin Uzun: 1. Emilia Russu later drew number 11.
Valentina Nejel, Chris Maroo, Chriss Jeff, and PRIZA will miss the final.
Aliona Moon was the interval act. She had a 40-minutes recital with her recently formed band, which included her 2013 Eurovision hit “O mie”, but also four new songs. She also performed two Romanian old traditional songs, “Lume, lume” and “Canta cucul”.
The second semi-final will take place on Thursday 25 February starting 18:40 CET. The National Final of O melodie pentru Europa 2016 will be broadcast on Saturday, 27 February.
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