Fans have been waiting a long time for Moldova to confirm their participation in Eurovision 2020. Now TRM has confirmed — but it comes with a twist. The Moldovan broadcaster will reportedly ditch national final O melodie pentru Europe and internally select their entry for Rotterdam.
The news first surfaced on social media, and was confirmed by fan site Eurovision Fun. The site reports that TRM will not most likely not use its national final O melodie pentru Europa. The broadcaster will instead internally select their act for Rotterdam.
Discissions have reportedly already begun on the selection of Moldova’s next artist for Eurovision. The reason for scrapping the national final has not been given, however using an internal selection can be a cheaper option for broadcasters.
Importantly, TRM has NOT publicly confirmed these details or otherwise commented on its participation in Eurovision 2020.
O melodie pentru Europa’s history
If TRM internally selects, it will be only the second time Moldova has not used its long-running national final O melodie pentru Europa (A song for Europe). From Moldova’s debut in 2005, it has selected its act using the national final. The one exception was in 2007, when TVM internally selected Natalia Barbu with “Fight”.
The 2007 internal selection process was made open to the public. The broadcaster released a list of the 34 entries it had received. From that, three finalists were chosen. In a closed final, an eight-person jury voted on the finalists, with “Fight” picking up the most points.
However, it seems unlikely that Moldova would use a similar system for 2020.
O melodie pentru Europa was known for its live-streamed audition round. It allowed the auditioning Moldovan acts — good and not so good — to be seen by Eurovision fans.
From 2013 to 2017, the national final used semi-finals with a smaller number of acts making it to the grand final each year. From 2018, the semi-finals were ditched and the number of grand finalists were reduced.
And despite the varying quality of acts in the national final, Moldova has proved itself capable of selecting good acts for Eurovision. Moldova has placed in the top 15 in the Eurovision grand final for eight of its 15 entries to date.
Its best result was in 2017, where the cheeky chappies of the SunStroke Project placed third with “Hey, Mamma!”. Moldova is also known for its bold, memorable staging, ensuring that even if they don’t make it to the final, viewers tend to remember them.
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