It’s a perennial dark horse that’s riding high after two successive top ten results. And earlier today, Moldova’s TRM set out its stall for Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv.
A total of 28 songs will battle to succeed “My Lucky Day”, while 26 acts will seek to follow in DoReDoS’ footsteps — Viorela and Che MD both have two songs apiece. However, these entries will not be guaranteed a prime time slot on Moldovan TV. First they must overcome the live audition round.
This will take place on Saturday 2 February. Each act will be assessed by a professional jury. Scores will be awarded from 0 to 12 with the experts basing their decisions on factors such as melody, originality, vocal performance and interpretation.
The public will not have a say at this stage, but fans can tune into the live stream on TRM.MD from 12.00 local time.
O melodie pentru Europa 2019 auditionees
Some familiar names include previous OMPE entrants Diana Brescan, Vera Turcan, Che MD and Alex Bognibov — the artist formerly known as Sasha Bognibov. Meanwhile Elena Croitor appeared on X Factor Romania and Pelageya Stefoglo competed in Turkvision.
- Ala Zasmenco “Emergency”
- Anna Odobescu “Stay”
- Tinna Gi “Virus”
- Siaj “Olimp”
- Gheorghe Feghiu “Laura”
- Iana Ghurba “What if we were”
- Irina Tarasiuc & Lume “Ca Adriano Celentano”
- Chirill Palic “I want you to know”
- Pelageya Stefoglo “Mi amor”
- Vera Turcanu “Cold”
- Iurie Sadovnic & Legenda “Robin Hood”
- Viorela “Light up the night”
- Viorela “Beggin”
- Alex Bognibov “Love me like my daughter”
- Diana Brescan “Lies”
- Sasha Letty “Bananas”
- Iulia Cazaceno “Soulmates”
- Elena Croitor “Te voi canta mereu”
- Che MD “Sub Pamant”
- Che MD “Yarmarokul Bufonilor”
- Alister Mars “High”
- Aurel Chirtoaca “La cinema”
- Maxim Zavidia “I will not surrender”
- Limonique “GravitTy”
- Coral Reef “Self-destruction”
- Marcela Scripcaru “Meteor”
- Anna Cucerenco “Do you see me?”
- Marina Cudalb “Insieme”
While 28 songs will compete for a semi-final slot, 30 actually entered the process. Two of these were disqualified — one for submitting an incomplete file and the other for containing problematic lyrics which incited hatred and intolerance.
Alex/Sasha Bognibov’s “Love Me Like My Daughter” does not appear to have fallen foul of the same rules. Sample lyrics include: “Touch me like my daughter, girl, / Embrace me like my daughter! / Kiss me like my daughter, oh, / Love me like my daughter!”
The 2019 edition of O melodie pentru Europa will consist of one semifinal and a final. The semifinal will be held on 2 March and the final the day after on 3 March.
What do you think of the shortlist? Which performers are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments.