Back in December doubts started to arise that the Moldovan broadcaster TRM would not use its national selection at all, and would instead rely on an alternative selection method for Rotterdam. Yesterday news dropped that 36 songs had been selected for an audition phase of a selection for Eurovision, solidifying this fact.
The final decision on who will be going to Rotterdam will be decided by a 100% jury vote. If the broadcaster decides to use the selection show, which the official rules allow, they must make that announcement 20 days before the show is to take place.
Among those invited to the audition round are many familiar faces, with last year’s runner up Maxim Zavidia and third-placing artist Diana Brescan slated to compete. Also on the list is regular participant Sasha Bognibov.
There are also some Eurovision alumni in the line-up as well, as Natalia Gordienko from Eurovision 2006 will attempt to tackle Eurovision on her own this time. Geta Burlacu is also on the shortlist, likely hoping to redeem her non-qualification from 2008. The last alum on the list is Pasha Parfeni, who came in 11th place back in 2012 with the song “Lăutar”.
Below is the official shortlist for the auditions round:
- Alexandru Cibotaru – Cine te-a făcut să plângi
- Angel Kiss – My Own Queen
- Angel Kiss – You Are My Dance
- Carolina Racoviță – Dancing in the Sunrise
- Catarina Sandu – Die for You
- Che-MD & Irina Revenco – Adio
- Danny Cruise – My Love
- Diana Brescan – Let’s Go Together
- Diana Rotaru – Dale dale
- Diana Popa – Believe Me
- Dima Jelezoglo – Do It Slow
- Geta Burlacu – Răspunde
- Irina Kit – Chain Rection
- Julia Ilienko & Mishel Dar – Tears
- Katerina S – We Are Done
- LANJERON – Hi Five
- Lave – Wildfire
- Lavinia Rusu – Touch
- Liusia Znamensky – Love No More
- Live Beat – Love Me Now
- Maria Ciolac – Our Home
- Maxim Zavidia – Take Control
- Midone Denis – Like A Champion
- Natalia Gordienko – Prison
- Nicolae Untilă – Call Me Please
- Olea Roșu – Alive
- Pasha Parfeni – My Wine
- Petronela Donciu & Portărescu Andreea – We Will Be Legend
- Ray Barc – I’m Shy
- Sasha Bognibov – Big Brother
- Sasha Letty – Summer of Love
- Tudor Bumbac – Te-am văzut în vis pe tine
- Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky – Moldovița
- Valeria Pașa – It’s Time
- Viorela Moraru – Remedy
- Vovian – 10 minuni în Moldova
Nothing has been announced on when the auditions phase will take place, or when we should expect a decision to be made. In the meantime, we will have to wait for more information to be released.
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