Moldova will be selecting their entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on February 25, in an eight song national final.
Moldova will be holding O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017 to select the countries entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. TRM has confirmed that they will be organising a televised selection for next years Eurovision Song Contest, having previously stated that they may be unable to do so due to financial difficulties at the broadcaster. The selection for 2017 will be smaller than in previous years with only one semi final being held consisting of 14 singers.
The dates of the selection are as follows:
- February 24 – Semi Final
- February 25 – Semi Final
In the semi final just eight singers will progress through to the final on February 25, four of these songs are selected by jury voting only, with the remaining four selected by public televote. In the final the winner of the Moldovan selection process will be decided by 50% televote and 50% jury voting, in the event of a tie the jury will decide the countries participant.
Those interested in representing Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest have until January 18 to submit the necessary paperwork to TRM. The rules of the selection are as follows:
- Songs may not have been released or performed before September 1st
- Foreign singers or groups are allowed to participate as long as the group is made up of 50% Moldovan singers
- Foreign songwriters are allowed to compete without the input of a Moldovan singer
TRM will invite all participants who submit an entry to live auditions on January 21, from which the 14 semi finalists will be selected.
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Moldova debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 when the contest was last held in Kyiv, Ukraine. In 2005 Moldova debuted in the contest alongside Bulgaria, while that year Hungary also returned to the contest having been absent since 1998. Moldova is currently in its worse run of results in their history in the contest, having failed to make the final since 2013. This year in Stockholm, the country finished 17th in their semi final scoring a total of 33 points.