On Friday, Moldovan public broadcaster TRM announced that it was cutting its Eurovision 2022 search short. Instead of holding its planned selection show Selecția națională, the broadcaster revealed that it would select its act straight after the auditions. Now, following closed-door deliberations, TRM have chosen Zdob și Zdub & Frații Advahov with “Trenulețul” to sing at Eurovision 2022.
Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov joined forces for the country’s Eurovision 2022 selection. The latter are two folk musicians from Cahul, who have performed with their own orchestra for several decades.
The former are a longstanding Moldovan rock band formed in the 1990s. Zdob și Zdub represented the country twice before, in 2005 they finished sixth overall, the country’s best result until 2017. In 2011, the group returned to the contest and had one of the most memorable performances of the show with “So Lucky”.
TRM invited a total of 29 acts to the auditions in Chisinau after the submission process had come to an end. Among them were familiar faces as well as several new names. The auditions were broadcast directly on Saturday on the broadcaster’s second channel, alongside livestreams on Facebook and YouTube.
Zdob și Zdub & Frații Advahov will represent Moldova at Eurovision 2022
After three hours of auditions, a five-piece jury including Eurovision alumni Cristina Scarlat and Aliona Moon decided that Zdob și Zdub & Frații Advahov will represent the country with “Trenulețul” at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.
During its submission period, the broadcaster noted that it had the rights to appoint the representative at any moment during the selection. They exercised that right after local COVID-19 restrictions made it impossible for the country to have a national selection.
They also noted that the selected artists would have to fund their entire journey. Given that hefty financial burden, it’s probably relevant (and a relief) that an established act with a large following has won.
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