Today in Moldova, 35 shortlisted acts were invited to perform their songs in the live auditions stage. Despite an earlier suggestion that the selection jury would directly pick Moldova’s act for Rotterdam, the broadcaster has decided to go ahead with a national final. Twenty acts have been selected to compete in the grand final on February 29.
This auditions stage was familiar to anyone who has followed the Moldovan national finals in recent years. The competing acts performed a basic version of their song in front of a jury. Backing vocalists, costumes, choreography and staging weren’t required — the jury just wanted to get a good idea of the act.
Two acts dropped out. Liusea Znamenski said she didn’t want to be considered. And Diana Brescan, who placed third in the 2019 contest, did not attend the live auditions and was therefore eliminated.
But the jury was impressed with the overall quality of the acts and felt there were enough good acts to hold a national final to select Moldova’s entry for Eurovision 2020.
The grand final will be held on February 29 and will use an expert jury as well as a televote to select the winner.
Moldova’s national selection: The 20 Finalists
There are plenty of familiar names on the list. Attempting a comeback is Moldova’s 2006 act Natalia Gordienko. She previously competed as a featured vocalist with Arsenium. The song “Loca” placed 20th. This year she’ll have the solo performance “Prison”.
Moldova’s Eurovision 2012 star Pasha Perfeny has returned for another attempt. This year he has “My Wine”.
After winning the national final televote and placing second overall, Maxim Zavidia will be back for another attempt. He will perform “Take control”.
Also competing in the final are fan favourites Dianna Rotaru with “Dale dale” and Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky with”Moldovița”.
- Alexandru Cibotaru – “Cine te-a facut să plângi”
- Catarina Sandu – “Die for you”
- Denis Midone – “Like a champion”
- Dima Jelezoglo – “Do it slow”
- Dianna Rotaru – “Dale dale”
- Geta Burlacu – “Răspunde”
- Irina Kit – “Chain reaction”
- Julia Ilienko ft. Dar Mishel – “Tears”
- Lanjeron – “Hi five”
- Lavinia Rusu – “Touch”
- Live Beat – “Love me now”
- Maria Ciolac – “Our home”
- Maxim Zavidia – “Take control”
- Natalia Gordienko – “Prison”
- Pașa Valeria – “It’s time”
- Pasha Parfeny – “My wine”
- Petronela Donciu & Andreea Portărescu – “We will be legend”
- Sasha Letty – “Summer of love”
- Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky – “Moldovița”
- Viorela Moraru – “Remedy”
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