Geta Burlacu has withdrawn from the Moldovan national final for Eurovision 2020.
Geta was due to participate in the O Melodie Pentru Europa this evening but it has been announced that she will not be participating for personal reasons. The 19 remaining songs will now compete to represent Moldova in Eurovision in 2020.
Geta Burlacu previously represented her country in Eurovision 2008 with the song A Century of Love but did not make the Grand Final. Her entry for 2020 was Raspunde!
Tonight’s national selection will be broadcast on Moldova 1 and can be viewed online at trm.md
The line-up includes Pasha Parfeny who represented Moldova in Eurovision 2012 and Natalia Groienko who represented the country in 2006 with Arsenium. Denis Midone, who represented Moldova in the the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2012 is also in the line-up.
The show starts at 20:00. The winner will be chosen by the jury and by televote in the proportion of 50% to 50%. The composition of the jury will be published immediately after the show begins. The televote will start after the last song is played and will take 20 minutes. Moldovan viewers will have the right to make only one call and it will not be possible to vote from abroad.
The winner will represent Moldova in Eurovision 2020 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands in May.
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
Moldova debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 when the contest was held in Kyiv, Ukraine. That year, Bulgaria also debuted in the contest and Hungary returned after a long absence since 1998. Moldova’s best result in the contest to date was the 3rd place in 2017 for Sunstroke Project with “Hey Mamma!”, this was the second time the group had represented their country in Eurovision.