Irina Kit has withdrawn from competing in O Melodie Pentru Europa, the Moldovan selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Irina Kit has opted against competing in O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017, no reason was given by TRM as to why the singer decided to withdraw. The singer had previously apologised on Facebook after it emerged that the chorus of her entry “Baby do not cry” was similar to that of Akon’s “Bananza”. She stated the she was unaware of the similarities and that had hoped to move on with the competition.
The singer who will replace Irina in the Moldovan selection is Samir Loghin with the song “Glow”. This is the first time that Samir has made it through to the live shows in the Moldovan selection process. Since 2014 he has attempted annually to represent Moldova at the Eurovision Song Contest but has never made it past the semi final round.
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.