Moldova’s illustrious national selection process, O melodie pentru Europa, has finally come to a close. Ten acts battled it out for a spot in Tel Aviv this May. But only one act had staying power – as Anna Odobescu emerged victorious with “Stay”.

Oozing professionalism for three minutes straight, Anna showcased the best that she had to offer in her winning entry.  Performing 9th in the running order, Anna put on a great show from start to finish, earning her top marks from the jury and strong marks from the public.

Run-down of the show

Ten acts managed to survive the brutal and infamous audition round to reach tonight’s final – which was initially intended to be a semi-final but was axed due to too few entries being in the competition.  Nevertheless, this didn’t prove to be of any issue to the remaining performers, who gave it their all during their performances.

Due to technical problems, Vera Țurcanu requested that she be allowed to perform again at the end. TVM considered the request and ultimately gave the go ahead.

1. Aurel Chirtoacă “La Cinema”
2. Vera Țurcanu “Cold”
3. Marcela Scripcaru Meteor
4. Siaj “Olimp”
5. Maxim Zavidia “I Will Not Surrender”
6. Diana Brescan “Lies”
7. Tinna Gi “Virus”
8. Lemonique “Gravity”
9. Anna Odobescu “Stay”
10. Che-MD feat. Elizaveta Ivasiuk “Sub Pământ”

 

Viewers were treated to a Beovizija-style interval show, with numerous former Eurovision stars taking to the stage to perform a various selection of songs. DoReDoS opened the show with “My Lucky Day”, while Nelly Ciobanu (2009), Cristina Scarlat (2014) and Geta Burlacu (2008) served us some Moldovan Eurovision history. This year’s Romanian entry Ester Peony gave us a glimpse into the future with a performance of her entry, “On a Sunday”.

Results

Results opened with the jury scores, which were distributed in typical Eurovision fashion: 1-8, 10 and 12.

Anna Odobescu won the jury with 75 points, receiving top marks from no less than 5 jurors. She also triumphed overall, after receiving 10 points from the public – propelling the songstress to victory.

Are you pleased with the victor of O melodie pentru Europa 2019? Do you think Moldova will improve upon their result from last year? Let us know your opinion down in the comments below!

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Mr Right
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Mr Right

So sad that this song is only 3 minutes – i will need more time to make a sandwich.

Dalth
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Dalth

Yeah that’s wasn’t great even by Moldovan standards.

JusticeForMaruv
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JusticeForMaruv

Clodie ‘Go!’ anyone? And a bit of Natalia’s ‘Fight’ but toned down. I have mixed feelings because I love both of those.

BadWoolfGirl
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BadWoolfGirl

I thought of “fight” too. I was also hearing shades of Amber’s “Warrior” from Malta 2015 and Selma’s “if I had your love” from Iceland 2015. Both of which failed to qualify cone to think of it.

Tom Ripley
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Tom Ripley

Good voice, BUT….. BIG but…no help.

Nikki
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Nikki

I seem to have a weakness for power ballads, Albania is a common Top 5 for me after all, and I also really like this one, a nice change for Moldova after two crazy acts.

AngieP
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AngieP

Another obvious winner for me. It can be improved and look good on the Eurovision stage. However, it’s not the WOW song, it won’t do really well and it will struggle to qualify as Moldova does most of the times.

Safiya
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Safiya

This is quite bland and forgettable, one of the less exciting songs this year.

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

Don’t want to offend fans of this song. But I found it very dull, dated, generic and boring. Not my kind of music usually

Like
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Like

Attention. Croatia without wings and not english version. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v6pkEgrX3C4 I like it. ?

Ffs
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Ffs

LOL

Kuhkatz
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Kuhkatz

It happened 3 minutes for me, not more or less. It’s like Latvia this year, doesn’t hurt but you don’t need it.

bartosz
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bartosz

I can’t believe that Che MD placed last… and what’s even worse, they were ranked last by every jury member… WTF Moldova
When it comes to the winner song – it’s pretty average I’d say. And unremarkable. And that’s all I could remember after performance

up!
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up!

Wow, this year is so extremely bad, I can’t even put it in words…

sunny
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sunny

…….says somebody who likes Laura Bretan. LOL.

up!
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up!

Yes, indeed, this year’s offer would be uplifted if Laura Bretan was in the running. But that’s my personal taste and you can’t really argue about taste.
Anyway, coming back to Moldova, it’s not a bad song, it’s just terribly ordinary joining a list of many other terribly ordinary songs. So therefore I consider it a bad year. There aren’t enough standout songs by now. Iceland was a helpful addition, though.

Rasmus
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Rasmus

what? I dont agree at at all:)

Sonam
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Sonam

Lmao when I first heard Kirkorov’s song last year, but we all saw what happened. That proved a sentation on stage. In a normal universe, this one must stay in the semis for all the right reasons

bastian
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bastian

Boring entry. She is a good singer though but this doesnt belong to the final.

beccaboo1212
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My favorite. BTW, when will Anna film a music video for “Stay”? Or has she already filmed one?

sunny
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sunny

I have a good feeling about this. Probably because this year might not have many power ballads, like 2017, when many cancelled each other. (i.e. Tamara Gachechiladze and Lindita Halimi).

Denis
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Denis

Probably the lleast crazy entry from Moldova:)
I do generally prefer Moldova’s fun crazy entries over the normal one. This one is credible enough and with a good performance she could do well enough in May,

zeev
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zeev

welcome to tel aviv can be again top 10 regards

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

“100 most often used words in power ballads” the song.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Suspicious voting to say the least.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

In what way? (I didn’t watch the final, so I am actually asking.)

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

It was almost a consensus jury winner despite not having any sort of pre-contest hype. Find it hard to believe that all the juries fell in love with the song equally.

sunny
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sunny

Nobody had a pre contest hype. SunStroke Project had a pre contest hype and they didn’t won the jury, only televote.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

If the juries were all grading by the same five criteria, then it is possible they all came to a consensus. (Music content, lyrics, performance, scenario/staging and choreography.) If they were just picking their favourites then it’s a bit less likely, but again not impossible. There’s also the question of whether they judged the rehearsal or the live transmission, to consider.

DenizNL
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DenizNL

Vera with Cold would have been so much better.
Also the peoples choice Maxim would have been way better.

Sabrina
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Sabrina

In the final part of the trilogy, Moldova’s staging super powers will face their ultimate challenge: elevate a kind of entry that used to be a big thing in Eurovision, but that hasn’t been doing well lately. “Stay” is just a basic ballad, nothing memorable about it . Anna seems to be a very solid performer. If it was a different country, I would say this entry would be a non-qualifier. But I learned to respect the skills of Moldova’s delegation so I’ll wait and see what they can do with it. My expectations are very low though.

Leo M
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Leo M

Credible entry, she has a great voice but it’s a bit old fashioned. She will no doubt give a great performance but without some great staging, it will be forgotten. It’s nice but there’s nothing memorable about it

Milye
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Milye

Honestly i’m annoyed by everyone saying every single song is old fashioned, dated.. Just because not every song sounds like Ariana Grande doesn’t mean it is bad or old fashioned..

Amor
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Amor

It doesn’t have to sound like Ariana Grande. It just has to sound good and this is very average and boring and dated. Her vocals are good though.

Milye
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Milye

What dated means? You people are literally calling everything dated except it is generic pop!

Aisling
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Aisling

Dated means that this song sounds like it was written years ago…

Milye
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Milye

So only clear pop songs are not dated? Ugh what would the contect look like if every song was pop without diversity..

Gili
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Gili

No no no…come on, send good songs to eurovision…as netta says it’s bassa not sababa

xmynameis
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xmynameis

Meh. Very dated and boring. Not catchy at all.

Matt
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Matt

This reminds me of One Last Breath from Greece, big voice, bland song. That song made the final, if this is powerful on the Eurovision stage in all it’s wind machine glory then don’t rule it out as a finalist either.

Fun or ban?
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Fun or ban?

Stay? She will stay in semi

eurovision6
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eurovision6

Lmao

Sonam
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Sonam

I would make multiple accounts only to vote you

tom
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tom

well there are a lots of girls in 1 half of 2 semi, so i am not sure

Jake Dallas
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Jake Dallas

I had one way to remember this after my first reaction: basic, boring and incredibly predictable.

AndersP
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AndersP

Yeesh! 1989 power pop mixed with cliche after cliche. I’m surprised they didn’t try to rhyme moon and June. It’s a no from me.

Jack
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Jack

Going into the show I wanted either Lemonique or Diana Brescan to win and I didn’t see the Live show but I cannot even remember the way the winning song went and I just listened to all the songs this afternoon!

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Well, this won’t be another top ten for Moldova. Semi final filler.

M_K
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M_K

It’s not bad, but it’s boring. And as we all know, in Eurovision, boring is worse than bad.

JJJ
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JJJ

JUSTICE FOR TINNA GI

Depre04
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Depre04

the best song and performance won. I love it. Good Luck Moldova

Héctor
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Héctor

Poor choice! There were really much better songs there. She has impressive vocals, but it is presumed that every contestant has good vocals. With that bland, cheesy, boring and unoriginal song, I bet Moldova gets stuck in the SF this year.

eurovision6
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eurovision6

non qualifier

zzxxz
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zzxxz

I hope that Moldova go to the final. It will be very hard. I love this song.

Milye
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Milye

Moldova had a great selection and they picked the best song which is now the best song so far! Goodluck Moldova!

Jo.
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Jo.

stay in the semi