Moldova Selectia Nationala Longlist - Misscatylove is out

Following a year off, Moldova’s Eurovision selection is back, now called Selecția Națională. A 30 strong longlist dropped late on Monday evening. And, despite the presence of Eurovision veterans Zdob și Zdub, everyone was talking just one name — Misscatylove. Yet, by Tuesday morning the mysterious newcomer was out of the running.

Moldova’s Selecția Națională 2022 longlist

Moldovan broadcaster TRM published all the longlisted entries on the eurovision.md portal. Zdob și Zdub are easily the biggest names on the list. They represented the country in both 2005 and 2011, finishing sixth and 12th respectively. Other familiar national final names include LEMONIQUE, Maxim Zavidia and Dianna Rotaru.

  • Ana Cernicova – “Silent Battlefield”
  • Angel Kiss – “The Sunshine in Me”
  • Annet Smirnova – “Toxic Eyes”
  • Carolina Gorun & Danieli Shvets – “Take Me Anywhere”
  • Denis Midone – “Run Away”
  • Diana Elmas – “Spirit High”
  • Dianna Rotaru – “My Time is Now”
  • Emilia Vlas – “Yama”
  • Ferum – “Love Is”
  • Katy Rain – “Lele”
  • LEMONIQUE – “Boys”
  • Lanjeron – “Magic Carpet”
  • Marcela Scripcaru – “Starlight”
  • Maxim Zavidia – “READY”
  • Mihaela Andrei – “Libre”
  • Misscatylove – “Intro”
  • Naminal – “Stop Tonight”
  • Pelageya Stefoglo – “I’m The Only One”
  • Ricky Ardezianu – “Cherche La Femme”
  • SENDREI – “Beginner’s Luck”
  • Sasha Bognibov – “(I Just Had) Sex with Your Ex”
  • Sasha Bognibov – “My Friend is Gay”
  • The Tramps – “Sky Blues”
  • Trio EVA – “Get A Kiss”
  • Tudor Bumbac – “larta-ma ca te iubesc”
  • Valeria Barbas – “My Tree”
  • Viola Julea – “Before (Twin Flame)”
  • Viorela Moraru – “Tell Me That You Love Me”
  • Y-LIMIT – “Nothing More”
  • Zdob şi Zdub & Fraţii Advahov – “Trenuleţul”

Live auditions will take place before a jury on Saturday 29 January. The broadcaster will assess whether all entries meet contest requirements before then. Once the auditions have wrapped, the powers that be will determine whether a national final will be held or not. If they opt not to have a standalone final, the winner of the auditions will represent Moldova at Eurovision 2022.

Who is Misscatylove?

The original longlist quickly went from 30 to 29, as Misscatylove was removed from the official portal within hours of the songs being uploaded. In that brief time, the eccentric performer had grabbed a lot of attention with their unusual post-avantgarde sound.

Some speculated that the broadcaster may have disqualified “Intro” due to its apparent lack of vocals. To quote Natalia Gordienko’s “Sugar”, the song possessed a certain “crazy energy”. In fact, most won’t hear anything except static when they hit play. However, those with a keen ear claim that there are some vocals present, albeit they are extremely, extremely, extremely, extremely distorted. Listen to the clip below and judge for yourself.

On Misscatylove’s Discord server, the non-binary artist says that they withdrew for personal reasons, adding that they would not be able to travel from Manchester to the auditions in time. Misscatylove has later added that they are working on a song for the 2023 selection, titled “Outro”. The song will feature the line “your love is fading away like an outro of a song”, and will include lyrics in Romanian, as confirmed by the singer themself.

TRM has not commented at the time of writing.

What do you think of the longlist? And what are your views on Misscatylove and “Intro”? Let us know below.

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Marlene Stephens
Marlene Stephens
3 months ago

Misscatylove actually helped me with the downpayment for my new house and sometimes picks up my kids from soccer practice. Such a sweet, kind and loving soul, extremely charitable and talented. A person near and dear to my heart, truly a defining voice of our generation. Can’t wait for the inevitable collapse that will be Outro to drop next year #Chisinau2024 #moneyformisscatylove

meri
meri
3 months ago

Misscatylove’s “song” sounds more like noise on a construction site! It’s UNBEARABLE!!

slayer
slayer
3 months ago
Reply to  meri

you are a miserable wretch

Pancake
Pancake
3 months ago

R.I.P Static TV Screen Slay Queen Misscatylove. You and your song that could save Sia and her rat friends from Beyonce’s Basement will be missed *plays intro in the background*.

Last edited 3 months ago by Pancake
Teddie
Teddie
3 months ago

As a fan of the drone ambient genre I’m quite disappointed. I would love to see Misscatylove at the audition at least

Last edited 3 months ago by Teddie
Alex
Alex
3 months ago

There’s still time for Misscatylove to be selected by the UK!

growly snarly ?
growly snarly ?
3 months ago

misscatylove’s song has truly moved me into a new stage of life. a transition. this kind of music is not for the weak and closed minded. RISE, we shall for the all amazing misscatylove. i’m buying tickets for chisinau 2024 when she wins with “outro” next year. kisses!

p.s. we must appreciate this artistry for generations, history books will be rewritten!!

Kerli's Spirit Animal
Kerli's Spirit Animal
3 months ago

Denis Midone – one of this year’s participants – represented Moldova in the Junior Eurovision 2012.

Erik
Erik
3 months ago

Such a shame Intro is no longer competing. It’s truly the only song so far that could represent the sound of beauty

Alex
Alex
3 months ago

what a messy national final, missed them! Next year i guess Kirkorov will be in charge LOL

Zdob ?i Zdub again? well they will def win for many reasons but i hope a new artist is chosen…

Sapphire
Sapphire
3 months ago

We already got Hatari

nikki
nikki
3 months ago

THANK. GOD. That was absolutely horrible. And i know shes now a “meme” or what not and shes achieved some kinda fame but it made me feel ashamed of being from Moldova tbvfh. Next time do your job properly Teleradio Moldova so that incidents like this wont be repeated in the future.
I’ve only got 3 favorites and these are Zdob si Zdub, Daniel Svet and Katy Rain although i am really afraid that if she represents us she wont do great anyway so :((((

Jo.
Jo.
3 months ago

a lack of washing machine representation

nikki
nikki
3 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

better this way

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
3 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Lithuania has Queens Of Roses. Not all hope is lost for the Washing Machine representation. 😛

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
3 months ago

That Misscatylove meme is funny.

Want another great 2022 meme?Here you go:

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Last edited 3 months ago by GojoSatoru
Ben R
Ben R
3 months ago

Nooooo!!! ‘Intro’ is such a good song. That was BY FAR the best song in this national selection. It’s way too good to end up in an iceberg on the r/Eurovision subreddit and not on the big stage in Torino smh. If it was up to me, I’d just cancel the whole thing and internally select Natalia the Meme Queen again for some more shooga shooga.

Last edited 3 months ago by Ben R
lasse braun
lasse braun
3 months ago

the final battle will be lele:trenuletul.
whoever win this – very good choice!
🙂

lasse braun
lasse braun
3 months ago

team lele here – go katy go – show the romanians what you can do!

KuKo
KuKo
3 months ago

lol this is too crazy to be true. It was probably a publicity stunt from TRM

Li b
Li b
3 months ago

Isn’t Misscatylove 9 years old? How could they even perform in eurovision without singing or being less then a 16 years old…

destiny stan account
destiny stan account
3 months ago
Reply to  Li b

don’t be so ignorant. there’s a thing called time travel.

Lauren Agam
Editor
3 months ago
Reply to  Li b

They are 15, will turn 16 before May!

Aria
Aria
3 months ago

I quite like the noise in intro. But dont there have to be some vocals to be accepted for Eurovision? I have yet to listen to the rest, but I can imagine the quality based on the amount of Swedish songwriters. I think I’d prefer the intro noise. No dream team pls.

Safiya
Safiya
3 months ago

You reported before that most songs were submitted from outside of Moldova. Does anyone know how many of the listed artists are actually Moldovan?

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Safiya

There is a list of artists, songs and songwriters on wikipedia but very few have their own wiki page. I could recognize names in Greek, Icelandic and Swedish. Romanian and Moldovan can share names and surnames so it’s not possible to say who’s from where based on the names only.

A different article on wiwi said that only Moldovan artists are allowed, however the songwriters can be from other countries as well.

Una
Una
3 months ago

Another national selection, another song with title *and* lyrics in Spanish besides Spain, the EBU member. This time the song is called “Libre”. AFAIR some of the words are “yo soy feliz”.

It looks like there are some merits for a case study on the use of the Spanish language (castellano) in Eurovision 2022 national selections.

Ben R
Ben R
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

“Yo soy feliz” isn’t even proper Spanish, since there are two verbs meaning ‘to be’. It should be “(yo) estoy feliz.”

Apollo
Apollo
3 months ago

Misscatylove’s entry was way too avant-garde for the Eurovision stage. ‘INTRO’ is a song made for the alt-techno underground nightclubs of Berlin, not for Eurovision.

I’m sure we’ll see much more of Misscatylove in the future. Her determination to skip Junior Eurovision and go straight to Eurovision shows her courage and determination. I’ve never witnessed such raw artistry from such a young artist before!

Jessica Folcker
Jessica Folcker
3 months ago

1. TRIO EVA (With good staging it can be their another TOP3. It really makes me want to get up and dance. Little Bollywood influence I hear.) 2. KATY RAIN (One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Loving the vibe of it.) 3. ANNET SMIRNOVA (Bring on the Maruv comparisons. I still like it. Well produced.) Honorable mention: SENDREI. His song makes me happy. It’s so cool and sunny. I like it. And can someone explain to me, please, why ‘Intro’ was being seen as a good entry? I’ve tried to like it, but I could barely listen to it.… Read more »

Last edited 3 months ago by Jessica Folcker
Whisker
Whisker
3 months ago

“TRENULETUL” is WOW! Nobody in the public or at home would be be sitting or standing still!

Xxx
Xxx
3 months ago

Yeah, no. They lost their only good song.

sasha
sasha
3 months ago

the person with my name has two songs and both titles seem like they’d be fletcher songs. i wonder if sex with your ex will match the level of quality fletcher’s song sex with my ex has

Last edited 3 months ago by sasha
Nils
Nils
3 months ago

Yes! Zdob si Zdub! Best news of the day!

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  Nils

I was happy to see them in the line up too and I really like their song!!

Nils
Nils
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

Well … now that I’ve listened to the song, I’m devastated. I never thought a mixture of Zdob si Zdub and balkan brass folklore could possibly bore me, but it did. Hopefully they’ll revamp it in time and infuse it with a little more rock or punk.

Last edited 3 months ago by Nils
Una
Una
3 months ago

What language is the “Yama” song by Emilia Russu in? Greek by any chance?

wrrgegg
wrrgegg
3 months ago
Reply to  Una

im greek and i have one thing to say

HELL NO

but ist not your fault i understand =)

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  wrrgegg

Thanks.

THomas Smith
THomas Smith
3 months ago

Lot of familiar faces in here – hopefully some have improved their live performances from previous years/efforts. If TRM are expecting the act to finance it all themselves im expecting it to be Zdob is Zdub as can’t sense “The dream team” in any of these songs and not sure the others have the finance to do it?

also possible plot twist TRM do an internal selection after the final…..

Una
Una
3 months ago
Reply to  THomas Smith

Should Zdob si Zdub & Fratii Advahov win, a top 5 placement for Moldova is guaranteed.

Kuku
Kuku
3 months ago

Addicted to Zdob si Zdub. Great Song, hope they win

Roro31
3 months ago

I don’t understand why there was so much enthusiasm for the one who retired (misscatylove) because personally, I don’t like this song at all and it’s really too weird of a song. There is much better in this selection I believe!! I can’t wait to see the live streams, to see those who will make it and who will be serious for the victory!!

Lauren Agam
Editor
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

It’s normal not to understand post-avantgarde at first listen. But after a while, you let it into your heart!

Roro31
3 months ago
Reply to  Lauren Agam

I listened to it several times and I don’t catch sorry….

Lauren Agam
Editor
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

More times please.

Illi
Illi
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

People are joking around with that entry, just that! It’s a meme.

Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

it’s a song made by an intellectual for intellectuals.

Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

let me correct myself – it’s a PIECE OF FINE ART! calling it a song would be reductive.

Roro31
3 months ago

sorry ? what are you insinuating? In any case, you are not at all intellectual, given how you judge me, that’s clear!

Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

sounds like something someone with a negative iq would say !

Marios
Marios
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

i love how this is going so far

Roro31
3 months ago
Reply to  Marios

I don’t understand your delusions…

nia
nia
3 months ago
Reply to  Roro31

For someone pretending to be an “intellectual”, you certainly failed from the moment you didn’t even use a capital letter to start your sentence.

Roelof M
Roelof M
3 months ago

A couple of takes from what is already my fave NF this season XD Miss Catylove’s entry is so bizarre, and I’m honestly sad she won’t get to troll TRM at the auditions. WHO let that song enter the selection?! It’s really, REALLY funny. I absolutely despise Zdob si Zdub’s entry, and I HATE the fact that it actually has quite a big chance to win because the song is quite popular in the region, and this is a super-weak selection. Can Sasha Bognibov stop? It’s not funny anymore. If he wants to troll, do it like our queen Miss… Read more »

Hrvatska
Hrvatska
3 months ago

Katy Rain Lele my opinion very good song ,a potencjaln represent Moldova in Turin it is surprising that Romania rejected such a good song.

Lauren Agam
Editor
3 months ago

I’m just absolutely distraught that we just lost the best song of the national final season. I was already thinking of Chisinau 2023. Thankfully, I have no doubt that “Outro” will slay Selectia Nationala next year. Post-avantgarde belongs in Eurovision!

Lele
Lele
3 months ago

Guys Trenuletul is so good I can’t believe it. It makes me dance and smile since 9am and as I am from Balkan it just reminds me being of a big fat wedding.

IT NEEDS TO GO TO EUROVISION

p.s.: with intro we lost a GEM

Last edited 3 months ago by Lele
Polegend Godgarina
3 months ago

seems like misscatylove withdrew because she was internally selected by azerbaijan, they snatched her as fast as they could and i think we’ll be going to baku in 2023

Ana
Ana
3 months ago

Last time we went to Baku it was with a terrible, cheesy song and a middle school play kind of staging. So when it comes to “going to Baku” its probably a matter of how much money does Baku willing to spend to win. Nothing to do with the artist or the song.

Ashton
Ashton
3 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Azerbaijan could spend 0 dollars and misscatylove would still win with a total of 998 points or above

Drue
Drue
3 months ago

Unfortunate, might have gotten Moldova their first ESC victory.