It all started with just 40 acts competing for O melodie pentru Europa 2017. They were cut down to 14 after the live auditions. Three acts withdrew their bids and were replaced. At the semi-final, eight artists were left standing. And tonight, Sunstroke Project won Moldova’s ticket to Kyiv with “Hey Mamma“. Let’s break it down!
Ahead of tonight’s final, the Wiwi Jury – our in-house panel of music unprofessionals – gave “Hey Mamma” a 7.67 rating. William said about it,
“Mamma mamma don’t be so down” is one of the best phrases of this year’s selection season. Probing the most complicated of relationships, the lead singer seeks approval from his disapproving mother-in-law, who seems to cast a very long shadow over his love life. Thankfully his mom can be proud he’s brought one of the few remotely current songs to Moldova’s selection.
However, it wasn’t that easy. At first, it seemed that Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu had the edge, when they won the jury — by two points.
O melodie pentru Europa 2017 – Jury scores
Sunstroke Project got the upper hand with the televote — and please note how few votes were being cast. That is because only one vote was allowed per telephone number.
O melodie pentru Europa 2017 – Televote
Then, the combined results chart highlighted Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu as the winners. But wait! Sunstroke Project were in second place, with the same amount of points. WHAT.
O melodie pentru Europa 2017 – Combined results
Despite the tie, which at first made the fans of “Discover Moldova” think that Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu had won, because Sunstroke Project had gotten more scores of 12 from the jury, the latter were crowned the winners of the national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2017.
So Sunstroke Project will fly the flag for Moldova at Eurovision in Kyiv, performing “Hey Mamma” in the second half of the first semi-final. No word yet on whether they’ll bring the brides with them to Ukraine.
This marks the second returning act of this NF season so far, after Omar Naber won in Slovenia last night.
Next stop: Kyiv. What do you think about tonight’s winners? Do they stand a chance to advance to the Grand Final from the difficult Semi-final 1? Sound off below!