Ahead of the live auditions for O melodie pentru Europa, it has been announced by Moldovan broadcaster TRM that there will be one less artist than announced as Pelageya Stefoglo has been disqualified from the process.
Pelageya has not complied with the rules set by TRM as she was also involved in the National Final for Belarus. The Belarussian auditions took place earlier this month, after Pelageya had registered to compete in the Moldovan selection. This is against the rules of the competition that were made aware to Pelageya before the auditions for Belarus took place.
The disqualification of Pelageya brings the number of entries competing in the live auditions of O melodie pentru Europa down from 28 to 27.
Pelageya had intended to send her entry “Let’s Start Together Right Now”. This is the same entry that she had entered into the Belarussian selection process.
There are two other entrants in the Moldovan selection that had applied elsewhere in Europe to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Sandy C & Aaron Sibley who are competing as a duo as well Sasha Bognibov both entered 1in360, the selection process for San Marino.
The organising committee have decided that these two artists will be allowed to continue in the competition as they had entered the Sammarinese selection before the rules of the Moldovan competition were revealed. Also, the selection for San Marino only required artists to send in covers rather than potential Eurovision entries.
Pelageya Stefoglo is no stranger to the Eurovision world. She previously attempted to represent Găgăuzia (a region of Moldova) in the Turkvision Song Contest in 2016, however she finished second. She then approached the Moldovan Ministry of Culture to represent Moldova at the same contest. Eventually she was selected to represent Moldova however the contest was cancelled and therefore she never made it to the stage.
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
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 was 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.