A total of 40 songs have been submitted to compete in O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017, the Moldovan selection process for Eurovision 2017.
The deadline for songs to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 closed this afternoon in Moldova, with 40 songs submitted for this years contest. All of the participants will now be invited to take part in auditions on January 21, from which the participants in the Moldovan selection will be decided.
Among the names of the artists who have submitted songs to compete in the selection are Sunstroke Project who represented Moldova at Eurovision 2010. At the contest in Oslo the group performed with the solo artist Olia Tira. They went on to finish 22nd in the final with the song “Runaway”. Hoping to return to the selection stage is Boris Covali, he finished 2nd in the 2014 selection behind Cristina Scarlat, he also represented Moldova at the Intervision Song Contest in 2008.
The dates of the selection are as follows:
- February 24 – Semi Final
- February 25 – Final
A total of 14 songs will be competing in the selection. 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.
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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. At the 2017 contest in Stockholm, the country finished 17th in their semi final scoring a total of 33 points.