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”.

What do you think? Are you glad Moldova is holding a national final? Who should represent Moldova in Rotterdam? Tell us your thoughts below!

Read more Moldova Eurovision 2020 news here

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[…] At the beginning of February, Moldova’s broadcaster TRM confirmed that the O melodie pentru Europa 2020 final will feature 20 acts, all of whom were selected after a round of live auditions. […]

Film
Film
9 months ago

If anyone is a curious as me here link to Dale dale performed with staging on some event- https://youtu.be/-jJQnGbQzSg

Timi
Timi
9 months ago

“Moldovita” it’s the only one that I enjoy it. “Prison” it’s not bad, but it’s too predictable, generic, weak compared to other songs from the dream team…

And I’m tired of this tendency of ugly Pop Latino imitations. If you will make some Pop Latino song, do it well! Dammit! XD

Jake Dallas
Jake Dallas
9 months ago

This is my theory and hate me all you want but I think Moldova is going to choose “Moldovita”. If you look at Moldova’s history at Eurovision, they only do well when they send a song only Moldova could send. (e.g. Hora din Moldova, My Lucky Day, Hey Mama) I think Moldovita has a strong identity and has staging potential and will surely stand out. As much as I love “Die For You”, any country could send that song. And Natalia Gordienko is giving me Cristina Scarlat vibes.

Film
Film
9 months ago
Reply to  Jake Dallas

Dale Dale is very Moldovian as well.

Nicky91
Nicky91
9 months ago

all my faves made the cut

Geta Burlacu – Raspunde, i have goosebumps

Mishel & Julia, Tears is a nice cheesy pop song, very good Chemistry and i love the backing singers with them, almost like the moldovan mamas

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
9 months ago

oh my god shut up nobody cares about your fake stories, go away

Anita Mann
Anita Mann
9 months ago

Geta Burlacu also represented Moldova before, in 2008. Her song “R?spunde” is gorgeous!

Geo
Geo
9 months ago

I like Pasha a lot, but I think the jury will pick Natalia (Dream Team is behind her song, and considering the fact DoReDos had an amazing success two years ago, also with Dream Team involved in the song and staging)…

Rayana
Rayana
9 months ago

Catarina ??

Kris
Kris
9 months ago

People here really don’t like die for you ?

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
9 months ago
Reply to  Kris

it’s my third, I really like it 🙂

Rae
Rae
9 months ago

Natalia slayed in 2006. she still slays!

Nicky91
Nicky91
9 months ago
Reply to  Rae

Tears, Raspunde, Love me Now, Moldovita are great songs here

but overall all are good choices from moldovan juries 🙂

Panos
Panos
9 months ago

Am I the only one who thinks all the songs are bad??

Milan
Milan
9 months ago
Reply to  Panos

The usual disaster. Geta Burlacu and Natalia Gordienko might just save them from total embarassment. Strange how Czech Republic upped their game suddenly, while Moldova still seems to be far from that point.

Whisker
Whisker
9 months ago
Reply to  Panos

No.

Porsteinn
Porsteinn
9 months ago

February 29th… for a moment I thought it was a joke *lol*

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Porsteinn

No, this year has a leap

Albert
Albert
9 months ago

Prison, tears and die for you are the only good songs on that long list

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Albert

Tears? I guess if you like hearing “Where do I lie, where do we try, where do we leave these tears to cry” for three minutes straight. Because that’s basically what that song is, one long loop. But to each their own. I’m used to different opinions here.

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
9 months ago
Reply to  Albert

and do it slow

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
9 months ago

They gone and done Tudor dirty.

xohxoh
xohxoh
9 months ago

Send Dale Dale.

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  xohxoh

I agree

Film
Film
9 months ago

Cant wait to see Dianna Rotaru – “Dale dale” with staging. I saw her in instagram prfoming the song with 5 semi shirtless guys and looked really good.

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Film

I saw her performing masked as a cat.

Film
Film
9 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

Yes, but that was in tv morning show and alone. She uploaded in her youtube the performance i was talking about

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
9 months ago

I hope there is a semi final because 20 songs is a lot to perform in one final. And how many national finals have chosen the 29th as the date of their finals.

Joe
Joe
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Hey, there are 26 songs in a Eurovision final and that doesn’t seem to exhaust anyone.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago
Reply to  Joe

The difference is that the vast majority of songs in a Eurovision final is at least good and the same cannot be said about Moldova’s NF. I watched today’s live auditions and 5 songs in I already had enough. Most NFs tend to have around 10 songs in the final, 20 is just too much.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Four at the moment – Iceland, Estonia, Croatia and Moldova.

bryn collins
bryn collins
9 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

currently theres 2 Belarus and Moldova

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago
Reply to  bryn collins

Belarus choose their representative one day earlier, on February 28.

Skiwalko
Skiwalko
9 months ago

Where’s Tudor Bumbac? Where’s Nicolae Untila?
All the gems are out and what we’re stuck with is a bunch of songs that could be used as a cure for insomnia.
Good luck to those who are gonna watch the show, cause I’m certainly not.

Colin
Colin
9 months ago
Reply to  Skiwalko

I Agree, justice for Tudor and Nicolae!! 🙂
In all fairness, some acts that went through are just as bad and nowhere as funny.

Jo.
Jo.
9 months ago

pasha’s song is really really bad

Ashton Schier
Ashton Schier
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

omg finally someone said it, I don’t understand the people who like it, its folky and weird and not in the endearing way

Mr X
Mr X
9 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

But not worse than the song written by Kirkorov/Kontopoulos

Joe
Joe
9 months ago

Not gonna lie, Moldova’s options are pretty dire this year. But there are some good acts here. Like I said, I hate giving the Dream Team credit for anything, but I gotta admit that “Prison” is pretty solid. Lends itself to some good staging.