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:

  1. Alexandru Cibotaru – Cine te-a făcut să plângi
  2. Angel Kiss – My Own Queen
  3. Angel Kiss – You Are My Dance
  4. Carolina Racoviță – Dancing in the Sunrise
  5. Catarina Sandu – Die for You
  6. Che-MD & Irina Revenco – Adio
  7. Danny Cruise – My Love
  8. Diana Brescan – Let’s Go Together
  9. Diana Rotaru – Dale dale
  10. Diana Popa – Believe Me
  11. Dima Jelezoglo – Do It Slow
  12. Geta Burlacu – Răspunde
  13. Irina Kit – Chain Rection
  14. Julia Ilienko & Mishel Dar – Tears
  15. Katerina S – We Are Done
  16. LANJERON – Hi Five
  17. Lave – Wildfire
  18. Lavinia Rusu – Touch
  19. Liusia Znamensky – Love No More
  20. Live Beat – Love Me Now
  21. Maria Ciolac – Our Home
  22. Maxim Zavidia – Take Control
  23. Midone Denis – Like A Champion
  24. Natalia Gordienko – Prison
  25. Nicolae Untilă – Call Me Please
  26. Olea Roșu – Alive
  27. Pasha Parfeni – My Wine
  28. Petronela Donciu & Portărescu Andreea – We Will Be Legend
  29. Ray Barc – I’m Shy
  30. Sasha Bognibov – Big Brother
  31. Sasha Letty – Summer of Love
  32. Tudor Bumbac – Te-am văzut în vis pe tine
  33. Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky – Moldovița
  34. Valeria Pașa – It’s Time
  35. Viorela Moraru – Remedy
  36. 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.

What do #YOU think? Do #YOU think Moldova could qualify for the Grand Final this year with one of these artists? Let us know in the comments, on social media, or on the forum!

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