After three hours of live auditions, the expert jury of Moldova‘s broadcaster TRM announced the 14 acts that qualified for the O melodie pentru Europa semi-final on 24 February. There were no major surprises: from the record low number of 40 entries this year, fan favourites Sunstroke Project, Boris Covali and Diana Brescan advanced, while Sasha Bognibov did not make the cut.
Moldova’s 14 semi-finalists
The 14 entries that will face off during the semi-final scheduled for 24 February are:
3. Diana Brescan – “Breath”
4. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t lie”
5. Valeria Pasa – “Freedom”
6. Marks & Stefanet – “Join Us In The Rain”
7. Emilia Russu -“If Only You”
8. Cobilean Constantin – “Mama”
9. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – “Discover Moldova”
10. Irina Kit – “Baby, Don’t Cry”
11. Sandy C – “A Beautiful World”
12. Aurel Chirtoaca – “Dor de mama” (Missing mother)
13. THE ONE – “Dance”
14. Big Flash Sound – “Logic”
Earlier in the week, Maxim Zavidia, who finished fifth in the national final with “La La Love” last year, withdrew. He told wiwibloggs that there was “a misunderstanding with the songwriters”. Also, another artist, Shakya, was a no-show at the live auditions, which lowered the number of songs to 38.
Another notable absence was Epic Sax Guy. Sunstroke Project was represented only by singer Sergey Ialovitsky. However, this did not diminish the band’s chances of qualification.
Making an appearance at the live auditions was Aliona Moon, the last singer to bring Moldova to the grand final in 2013. But she wasn’t singing — this time Aliona was one of the five jury members.
The lucky 14 will progress to the show’s sole semi-final on February 24. From there, eights acts will qualify for the grand final of O melodie pentru Europa the following day, February 25.
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