It’s been more than three weeks since Moldovan broadcaster TRM made its call for submissions to O melodie pentru Europa 2017 — the country’s national selection for Eurovision. However, with less than two weeks before the submission window closes on 18 January, just three candidates have sent in their songs. This is nothing new, however: each year most acts submit their bids at the last minute. But who are the three hopefuls so far?

According to TRM, the three candidates are folk-rock band Che-MD, the male duo Serj Coston and Sergey Beloff, and brass band Formatia Ion Krasnopolski. This marks an improvement over last year, when after the first month, no song had been submitted to O melodie pentru Europa 2016.

Serj Coston and Sergey Beloff – “I’ve Been Searching”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPMHELRtvZg

The first act to break the ice, Serj and Sergey have already started promoting their song with a performance on Veranda TV. Nothing more endearing than two guys lipsynching a love song!

Che-MD – “Faurit in Moldova” (Made in Moldova)

We know Che-MD from previous attempts to represent Moldova at Eurovision. Last year, the band submitted the song “Voda e cu noi”. It reached the final, but despite being the televoters’ 11th choice, it was marked last by the jury. Che-MD finished dead last in the combined results with zero points.

Formatia Ion Krasnopolski – “Invitatie la nunta moldoveneasca” (Moldovan Wedding Invitation)

You can listen to the song here. It’s not the first time for the brass band either: they made it to the live stages in 2011 with “Cu fanfara pana dimineata” (With the brass band until dawn). They’re a jolly group, but would they appeal to the Eurovision fandom? It remains to be seen.

Will there be a semi-final?

Given its previous experience and the general lack of talent willing to represent the country at Eurovision, TRM has specified that, if not enough acts submit songs for the national selection, the semi-final, scheduled for 24 February, might scrapped altogether by the jury. In this case, eight acts selected by the music professionals at the live audition on 21 January will advance directly to the final on 25 February. There, the winner will be determined by the standard 50% jury, 50% televote split.

What do you think about this? Is it better to have fewer acts and just one final or do you want more Moldovan music? And what do you think about the songs so far? Let us know below!

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CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
5 years ago

@Hersi: Aye! That duet from Lidia Isac and Daniele Guastella is much better than the song she sent last year. But will the rules allow them to move this song to Moldova for the O Melodie contest?

Will the Sunstroke Project try again? Will Doinita Gherman try again? Word has it that Mihai is going to try again, either in Romania or Moldova, yes? And what about Aliona Moon?

Am I missing anyone? They’ve missed the final 3 years straight. They need an artist AND a song that people will like, enough to give their 12 points to.

Skimur
Skimur
5 years ago

I think it is better for Moldova to wait until March and then pick rejected participants of national selections of their neighbors – Ukraine or Romania. I’m sure there will be many worthy candidates, much better than ordinary Melodie O Pentru participants.

Hersi
Hersi
5 years ago

Can Lidia PLEASE submit the song she submitted to the Swiss final!!!!

Stian F
Stian F
5 years ago

I like the chorus of the Che-MD song 🙂 and also the flute 🙂 lovely. but its not so good in the verses .

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
5 years ago

Perhaps the smaller (less populated) countries in Eurovision should be allowed to work together and submit a joint entry? Call it “misc nations” or something? 🙂
Best of luck to Moldova.

Deban
Deban
5 years ago

Bogdan, you should nudge Mihai Tristariu. Time is running out!

Denis
Denis
5 years ago

“All the countries that had swedish song last year were disapointed, despite high expectations”- an esc fan

Wrong. Lithuania, Bulgaria and Russia all had songs co-written by Swedes and they all did well. Malta too. Lidia unfortunately had a bad song, that was rejected by the Swedish MF jury for not being good enough. Even the song writer didn’t like it that much, he said so once.

Now as for Moldova, if they put all that money on a finale which no one wants to take part in, why not just scrap it and use the money to choose internally?

mocosuburbian
mocosuburbian
5 years ago

it’s kind of sad isn’t it

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

Lithuania and Malta were so sure they will win.

Anthony
Anthony
5 years ago

an esc fan: “All the countries that had swedish song last year were disapointed, despite high expectations.”

Lithuania’s entry was written by Swedes and finished 9th in the Grand Final.

Héctor, Doinita Gherman has already ruled herself out of O melodie pentru Europa 2017.

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

Guess some countries don’t know how to internally select, simply because they are so afraid of the public opinion. The best example is Italy, without San Remo people will become very angry and demand explanation, why, how, when.
I think that for Moldova, the best solution will be to tell people to submit songs during one week maxim, and an internal jury to select, but not necesarly from that group of submitted songs (if are only those three).

Héctor
Héctor
5 years ago

I think there aren’t worst songs in the Eurovision sphere than the ones sent to Melodie O Pentru, every year the same low-low level. Maybe they should try an internal selection and stop wasting money…

Doinita Gherman and Sasha Bogdinov will send a song, right?

Isaac Visser
Isaac Visser
5 years ago

This a good thing right? A country like Moldova could benefit from having a You Decide style show

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

Send Lidia again, but not swedish song again, I will never understand why Sweden is so overrated, I don’t even like Euphoria, a song with such a broken rithm, created only for the sake of saying Eufoorrriiiiiiiaaaaaaa … ah … ah … ah … ah … ahaaa. All the countries that had swedish song last year were disapointed, despite high expectations.

ImpressiveInstants
ImpressiveInstants
5 years ago

They could have staged Falling Stars better. The astronaut was awkward and backgrounds underwhelming. Lidia herself was good. She really wants to go back to Eurovision so maybe they should get her back.

Jerome
Jerome
5 years ago

I don’t know why Moldova went with this selection again. Maybe this was their thinking process:
If at first you don’t succeed, try again (2014 going into 2015).
If you fail again, do exactly what you did last time and hope for better results (2015 going into 2016).
Just keep doing what you’re doing, no need to change anything (2016 going into now).
What, is “Internal Selection” not a viable option?!

Kylie
Kylie
5 years ago

Btw I’m waiting for lidia isac to sumbit her duet

Kylie
Kylie
5 years ago

Yall Greece will hold a national final in February where demy and stereo soul will sing 2 songs each and the public and jury will decide who’s going to kyiv!

cheesecake
cheesecake
5 years ago

I hope they try internal selection in 2018.

matilda teodora
matilda teodora
5 years ago

Moldova should have in the future a internal selection, I think it’s way better than a poor national final

Eee
Eee
5 years ago

Why spending time and money in a national selection in which nobody is interested while they could find a better artist by choosing internally

an esc fan
an esc fan
5 years ago

San Marino can’t pay, but it seems that Moldova is willing to pay but it does not have for who.

Lianne
Lianne
5 years ago

cricket.