Chisinau calling! During Friday night’s semi-final show in Moldova, 14 acts fought for eight places in the national final of O melodie pentru Europa 2017. Six of them crashed and burned, while the others shone bright. Or at least brighter than the very dim acts who wound up in the trash heap. Among the survivors were, as expected, the Wiwi Jury and fan poll winners Sunstroke Project and runners-up Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu.
The show did not disappoint. Sunstroke Project performed with three brides — their song “Hey Mamma” is about a mother-in-law, after all. Meanwhile, Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu banged on big drums and Diana Brescan turned into a barefoot Cinderella. Oh and Aurel Chirtoaca opted for a cardigan, because why should he be better dressed than at the live auditions? But we’ve come to expect the wacky from Moldova, so no complaints there.
Former O melodie pentru Europa representative Cristina Scarlat and hopefuls like DoReDos, Stela Botan and Cezara were the interval act while the jury deliberated and the televotes were being cast.
At the end of the night, four acts were selected by the jury, while the other four were saved by televoting.
The Jury, which included former Eurovision representative Geta Burlacu, awarded top scores to Sunstroke Project and Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu, with Diana Brescan in third place. The fourth act to advance to the national final was Aurel Chirtoaca.
After the jury vote, the public was invited to vote for the remaining acts, in order to save four more songs. They were Marks & Stefanet, Samir Loghin, Valeria Pasa, and Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu.
The eight finalists of O melodie pentru Europa 2017
- Sunstroke Project – “Hey Mamma”
- Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – “Discover Moldova”
- Diana Brescan – “Breathe”
- Aurel Chirtoaca – “Dor de mama”
- Marks & Stefanet – “Join Us In The Rain”
- Samir Loghin – “Glow”
- Valeria Pasa – “Freedom”
- Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t Lie”
The eight finalists will battle it out again for the right to represent Moldova in Kyiv on Saturday evening, starting 18:35 CET. The final will be broadcast live on Moldova 1 and online on the TRM website. The winner will be determined by the standard 50% jury, 50% televote split. In case of a tie, it will be broken by the ranking decided by the youngest member of the jury. Yes, that is the actual rule.
Did you watch the semi-final of O melodie pentru Europa? Based on the performances, who do you think has the best chance of wining the ticket to Kyiv tomorrow? Sound off below!