After the good news that Moldova is still on the Eurovision cards, today comes the bad news that broadcaster TRM might have to scrap its beloved national selection O melodie pentru Europa due to budget constraints.

In a statement for the local news outlet Kankan, Leonid Melnic, who is also one of the organizers behind O melodie pentru Europa, said that, while Moldova will “definitely” be in Kyiv in 2017, the act won’t necessarily be picked via the national selection shows, as per usual.

The national broadcaster is in a profound crisis, so we might not hold a national selection. The decision is not final for now, it’s just suppositions at this stage. We now have the elections and we will make up our minds afterwards. 

Moldova is now choosing its president. On Sunday, the people were split between two candidates — one pro-Russian, the other pro-European — and the second round will be held on the 13th of November. Could the decision be based on the result of the presidential election?

Moldova’s broadcaster is not the only one in the region hit by financial hardship. Last year Romania’s TVR suffered the unprecedented and shameful indignity of being temporarily expelled from the EBU and the contest due to unpaid debts. Ukraine is also in a sticky situation. Just this morning, NTU’s general director resigned in protest over his incredibly slim budget, which is expected to cover hosting Eurovision plus normal day-to-day operations.

Many Moldovan artists will see their dreams of fleeting stardom crushed. This may sound like a glimmer of hope for none other than Romanian Eurovision star Mihai Traistariu, who has announced his wish to represent the neighbouring country with a killer song in Kyiv next year. Maybe TRM should just select him instead and save a whole lot of cash?

Or should they send this duo, who have already chosen their song?

Bless.

Certainly, there are many other options that TRM could choose from.

Who do you think should be the so lucky act to be selected internally, if indeed O melodie pentru Europa is no more? And would you be sad not to witness the spectacle that is Moldova’s national selection this year? Let us know below!

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Jua Geng
Jua Geng
4 years ago

Please let Aliona Moon return in 2017!!! She was my winner in 2013!

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

I’m not surprised. Their last 3 flopped.

MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
MoreMusicLessGlamourPlease
4 years ago

If so….go for Zbod si zbud! They are GREAT 🙂 and popular in many countries

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

I think it’s great news for Moldova. They just have to take time to find a good act with a good song and finally get back into the final!

Larisa
Larisa
4 years ago

I wish Moldovian send Dana Markitan she is the best artist of Moldova !! Go Dana ????????????

Claudio
Claudio
4 years ago

@Eric Aliens Moon? Poor Aliona Moon… She’s not an alien.

WOW
WOW
4 years ago

It might be bad news for us, but it may very well be good news for them. Let’s just hope that the internal selection is more on the lines of Bulgaria and Croatia rather than Ireland, Bosnia or Greece

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

OK, they will certainly choose someone that will just pay everything for them in the end, so…WHO HAS CASH THERE? 🙂

(J)ESC Fanatic
(J)ESC Fanatic
4 years ago

No problem, just don’t select Mihai!

@Mimimi

Me too! She was robbed! 🙁

johanleekens
johanleekens
4 years ago

This might be the solution to get Moldova back into the Grand Final

Mimimi
Mimimi
4 years ago

I want to see Lidia Isac represent Moldova for a second time in the future. 🙂 She deserves another chance.

Eric
Eric
4 years ago

Aliens moon and Pasha Parfeny duet????

Paul D.
Paul D.
4 years ago

I think we are lucky to even have them next year because se broadcaster is really struggling and the results from the last 3 years are bad.

O melodie pentru Europa is not my favourite national final (by far) so if they go internal I’m fine.

Jr esc nl
Jr esc nl
4 years ago

An internal selection might work (as long as they don’t pick mihai)

UmerKim
UmerKim
4 years ago

I wouldn’t mind honestly, their selection is usually kinda on the cheap side (not as an insult on limitations on stage design & camera quality or anything, i’m saying song wise) & the songs I like usually fail to qualify so if they find a strong song they think would do well and just choose it internally, fine by me.

DenizNL
DenizNL
4 years ago

It might work. Maybe there will be a strong Moldovian entry this year, because of that.