Moldova kicked off their national selection O melodie pentru Europa 2017 tonight to select their Eurovision representative. Fourteen artists took place in the semi-final and eight progressed to the final which will take place tomorrow Saturday 25th February. The eight finalists were chosen through a 50/50 voting system of public televote and jury voting.
Tonight’s semi-final saw the return of SunStroke Project, the Moldovan representatives in 2010 who performed “Run Away” alongside Olia Tira. Their performance is often remembered by their “Epic Sax Guy”, who has become a popular icon amongst Eurovision fan communities. They qualified for the 2010 final in Oslo, Norway and achieved 22nd place with 27 points in the Grand Final. They performed “Hey Mamma” in 10th position during tonight’s semi-final.
The qualifying entries were as follows:
- Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t Lie”
- Emilia Russu – “If only you”
- Sandy C – “A beautiful world”
- Valeria Pasa – “Freedom”
- Valentina Nejel & Sergiu Pungă – “Ne-a fost iubirea un joc”
- Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – “Discover Moldova”
- Marks & Stefanet – “Join us in the rain”
- Aurel Chirtoacă – “Dor de mamă”
- Big Flash Sound – “Logic”
- SunStroke Project – “Hey mamma”
- Diana Brescan – “Breath”
- Nadia Moșneagu – “Never Give Up on Us”
- Samir Loghin – “Glow”
- THE ONE – “Dance”
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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 2016 contest in Stockholm, the country finished 17th in their semi-final scoring a total of 33 points.