One week before entries for Moldova’s national selection close, broadcaster TRM has put out a final call for submissions. The broadcaster has noted that the majority of entries received so far have come from abroad, however TRM is clear that only Moldovan citizens can represent their country at Eurovision.
Entries for Moldova’s national selection close next week, on 24 January at 17:00 (EET). MRT have revealed that most entries received so far have come from foreign creatives.
However the official contest rules confirm that the lead vocalist must hold Moldovan citizenship. This affects Romanian acts, some of whom may wish to take a chance with their neighbours after not making the cut in Romania. Collaborations with foreign acts are allowed, however no more than 50% of the main singers in an act can be from abroad.
Moldova’s national finals typically experience a last-minute rush of entries, so TRM are no doubt hoping local acts are busy right now preparing their entries.
Moldova’s Finala națională 2022
Moldova will again use Finala națională to select its act for Eurovision. The national final is a revamped version of the previous national final O melodi pentru Europa.
Once entries closed on 24 January the entries will be checked. Then on 29 January, TRM will hold its legendary live auditions. The potential acts perform their songs in front of the selection panel, usually with only minimal staging. The auditions give the selection panel the chance to see how the entry holds up as a live performance. Fans will be able to watch a live stream of the auditions.
From then, the broadcaster will select the acts that will go on to compete in the national final. In some years, all eligible acts have made the cut, in other years there has been culling.
The grand final will take place on 5 March, however the broadcaster also reserves the right to internally select an act instead.
The national final rules also state that the winning act must cover all expenses for the preparation and participation at Eurovision.
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