Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Moldovan entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM). Pasha Parfeny represented Moldova with the song « Lăutar« , which qualified from the first semi-final and went on to place 11th in the final, scoring 81 points.
Selecţia Naţională 2012
On 28 December 2011, TRM confirmed their participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 and invited artists and composers to submit their entries. On 3 January 2012, TRM announced that the Moldovan national final would take place on 10 March 2012 and that the submission period would come to a close on 16 January. Only Moldovan artists were eligible to compete, however, up to two band members could be of foreign origin and collaboration with foreign songwriters was also allowed.
From 14-18 January 2012, TRM released the submitted entries to the public online. In total, 85 entries were received, with submissions from 2008 entrant Geta Burlacu, 2009 entrant Nelly Ciobanu and 2010 entrants Olia Tira and SunStroke Project. On 21 January, a jury panel listened to the 85 submitted entries and shortlisted 60 for a live audition phase on 29 January. 20 entries were selected at the audition phase to compete in the national final. The jury panel that selected the finalists consisted of Olga Ciolacu (singer), Igor Dinga (producer and composer), Valentin Boghean (instrumentist, actor and composer), Tatiana Cerga (singer), Andrei Sava (composer), Victoria Tcacenco (professor at the Music, Theatre and Fine Arts Academy) and Dana Argint (Orange Moldova representative).
An additional wildcard was also awarded through internet voting that was held between 1-12 February. 33 entries which failed to be among the 20 finalists were in contention for the wildcard and on 20 February, Mariana Mihaila and the song « Live On Forever » was awarded the wildcard for the final.
|Internet Voting Wildcard Results|
|Artist||Song||Composer (m) – Lyricist (l)||Result|
|Adriano||« Love is a fire »||Ion Lincovschi (m), Adriano (l)||Out|
|Akord||« Live the show »||Igor Stribiţchi (m), Vica Demici (l)||2nd|
|Andrei Movilă & Crazy Dancers||« In love with the demon »||Andrei Movilă (m/l)||Out|
|Bazil||« Ştii tu oare »||Vasile Olaru (m), Lidia Bogean (l)||Out|
|Constantinova & Synops||« Game »||Ana Constantinova (m/l), Synops (m)||Out|
|Corina Cuniuc||« With you »||Doina Sclifos (m/l)||Out|
|Cristy Rouge||« Doar al meu »||Cristy Rouge (m/l)||Out|
|Danu Boian||« Destination »||Alex Braşoveanu (m), Danu Boian (l)||Out|
|De Lissa||« Oh, mammy »||Olesea Creţu (m/l)||Out|
|Diana Grigor||« Tonight »||Alex Braşoveanu (m/l)||Out|
|Edict||« I will find my way »||Valeriu Cataraga (m), Maria-Mihaela Frimu (l)||Out|
|El Pepino Feliz||« Do it for me »||Tamas Djgarcava (m/l)||Out|
|El Radu||« I’m with you now »||Andreas Anastasiou (m), Ivan Lincovschi Jr. (m), Alexandru Busa (l)||Out|
|Felicia Dunaf||« Love is time »||Alexandru Gorgos (m), Alina Dabija (l)||Out|
|Bingagroove||« Switch on »||Iulian Munteanu (m), Ana-Maria Surguci (l)||Out|
|Future Vision||« Night is over »||Maxim Bordian (m), Serghei Tolstoguzov (l)||Out|
|Human Place||« Struck in mind »||Ilie Gorincioi (m/l)||Out|
|Irina Remesh||« Iluzii desarte »||Alexandru Braşoveanu (m), Nina Juncă (l)||Out|
|Kara Nadejda||« Unbreakable »||Will Taylor (m/l)||Out|
|Katalina Rusu||« My name is love »||Alex Brașoveanu (m), Alina Dabija (l)||Out|
|Lidia Isac||« My fortune hunter »||Marian Stârcea (m), Radmila Popovici Paraschiv (l)||Out|
|Live Beat||« Save the world »||Andjei Hadzevich (m/l)||Out|
|Mariana Mihaila||« Live on forever »||Gorgi (m), Aidan O’Connor (l)||1st|
|Rain Catchers||« Click »||Oleg Barbun (m/l)||Out|
|Sasha Bognibov||» Nu stiu de ce «||Sasha Bognibov (m/l)||Out|
|Silvia Allegro||« Never be the same »||Silvia Moraru (m/l), Ivan Lincovschi Jr. (m), El Radu (l)||Out|
|Sophie Gainsbourg||« I wanna smoke a cigarette »||Sophie Gainsbourg (m/l)||Out|
|Svetlana Dumbravă||« Phoenix »||Svetlana Dumbravă (m/l)||Out|
|Valentin UzuN||« Urare de bine »||Valentin UzuN (m/l)||Out|
|Vasile Munteanu||« No more »||Vasile Munteanu (m/l)||Out|
|Veronika||« Lonely blues »||Veronica Tudorache (m), Elena Jdanov (l)||Out|
|Vic Storm Lozik||« Dark room »||Victor Lozinschi (m/l)||Out|
|Vitalii Maciunschi & Iana Corsac||« Prayer »||Vadim Luchin (m/l)||Out|
Selecţia Naţională 2012 was held on 11 March 2012 at TRM Television Studios in Chisinau, hosted by Marcel Spataru, Evelina Vârlan and Dorina Gherganov with backstage interviews conducted by Anatol Melnic. The draw for running order took place on 20 February, where Nelly Ciobanu and the song « Turn On The Light » were withdrawn from the competition due to personal reasons. On 5 March, as the runner-up in the internet wildcard voting, the song « Live the show » performed by Akord replaced Ciobanu. A combination of televoting (50%) and jury voting (50%) resulted in Pasha Parfeny winning the competition with the song « Lăutar« .
The jury panel consisted of Olga Ciolacu (singer), Igor Dinga (producer and composer), Valentin Boghean (instrumentist, actor and composer), Tatiana Cerga (singer), Andrei Sava (composer), Victoria Tcacenco (professor at the Music, Theatre and Fine Arts Academy), Angela Brasoveanu (journalist), Nicu Țărnă (singer), Anatol Chiriac (composer), Igor Cobileanski (director) and Ludmila Climoc (Orange Moldova representative).
|Draw||Artist||Song||Composer (m) – Lyricist (l)||Jury||Public||Total||Place|
|1||Ruslan Taranu||« Blanche »||Ruslan Taranu (m/l)||0||0.48%||0||0||14|
|2||Irina Tarasiuc & MC Gootsa||« Save a little sunshine »||Ralph Siegel (m), John O’Flynn (l)||0||6.82%||8||8||6|
|3||Pasha Parfeny||« Lăutar«||Pavel Parfeni (m/l), Alex Brașoveanu (m)||12||20.44%||10||22||1|
|4||Alexandru Manciu||« If you leave »||Alexandru Manciu (m), Mihai Teodor (l)||1||5.02%||4||5||10|
|5||Paralela 47||« Arde »||Paralela 47 (m), Alecu Mătrăgună (l)||0||1.43%||0||0||15|
|6||Ksenya Nikora||« You better rush »||Serghei Bilcenco (m), Roman Lupu (l)||0||2.02%||0||0||16|
|7||Leria||« A ray of sun »||Michalis Antoniou (m), Alexandru Buşă (l)||0||0.88%||0||0||17|
|8||Cristina Croitoru||« Fight for love »||Doina Sclifos (m/l)||4||23.68%||12||16||2|
|9||Mariana Mihăilă||« Live on forever »||Gorgi (m), Aidan O’Connor (l)||0||3.93%||2||2||12|
|10||MC Mike & Human Place||« Moll girl »||Ilie Gorincioi (Tadevs) (m/l)||0||1.29%||0||0||18|
|11||Nicoleta Gavriliţa||« Crazy little thing »||Nicoleta Gavriliţa (m), Serghei Bilcenco (m), Liuba Perciun (l)||6||1.86%||0||6||8|
|12||Geta Burlacu||« Never ever stop »||Valentin Şchirca (m), Alexandru Aquilar (l)||7||2.57%||0||7||7|
|13||Adrian Ursu||« Be yourself »||Adrian Ursu (m), Vica Demici (l)||2||6.62%||7||9||5|
|14||Doiniţa Gherman||« Welcome to Moldova »||Vadim Luchin (m/l), T.Tregubenco (m), Doiniţa Gherman (l)||0||2.90%||1||1||13|
|15||M Studio||« Open your eyes »||M Studio (m/l)||0||1.54%||0||0||19|
|16||Anna Gulko||« Ballad of love »||Anna Gulko (m/l)||0||0.64%||0||0||20|
|17||Transbalcanica||« Balkan Riders »||Marcel Stefanet (m), Ghenadie Cubasov (l)||8||6.03%||6||14||4|
|18||Dara||« Open your eyes »||Eugen Doibani (m/l)||10||5.89%||5||15||3|
|19||Univox||« Moody Numbers »||Nicolai Andrus (m), Renata Platon (l)||5||0.61%||0||5||11|
|20||Akord||« Live the show »||Igor Stribiţchi (m), Vica Demici (l)||3||4.12%||3||6||9|
|21||INAYA||« Lights »||Max Chissaru (m), Mihai Teodor (l)||0||1.23%||0||0||21|
Moldova competed in the second half of the first semi-final (17th on stage), on 22 May 2012, following Austria and preceding Ireland. Moldova received 100 points and placed 5th, thus qualifying for the final on 26 May.
- In the Semi-final Moldova came 5th with 100 points: the public awarded Moldova 7th place with 85 points and the jury awarded 2nd place with 107 points.
- In the Final Moldova came 11th with 81 points: the public awarded Moldova 13th place with 75 points and the jury awarded 9th place with 104 points.
Points Awarded to Moldova
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
|12 points||10 points||8 points||7 points||6 points|
|5 points||4 points||3 points||2 points||1 point|
Points Awarded by Moldova
First Semi final
Points awarded in first semi-final:
Points awarded in the final:
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(Note: Entries scored out are when Moldova did not compete)