Moldavie 2014

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Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Moldovan entry was selected through the national final O melodie pentru Europa 2014, organised by the Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM). Cristina Scarlat performed the Moldovan entry « Wild Soul » written by Ivan Akulov and Lidia Scarlat. The song failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing 16th (last) with a score of 13 points.

O melodie pentru Europa 2014

O melodie pentru Europa 2014 was the national final format developed by TRM in order to select Moldova’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. TRM released the rules and regulations regarding the competition on 26 December 2013. Artists and composers could submit their entries until 23 January 2014 after which a jury shortlisted forty entries for a live audition on 1 February 2014. Following a technical error by TRM, all submitted entries were allowed to participate in the audition.[1] Twenty-four entries qualified from the auditions to compete in two semi-finals on 11 and 13 March 2014, where sixteen qualified to compete in the final on 15 March 2014.[2]

Format

The competition took place in three stages. The first stage involved a jury panel selecting candidates from the received submissions based on criteria such as the quality of the melody and composition, vocals and manner of the performance and the originality of the song. Forty entries were initially selected to proceed to the second stage, however, after a technical error by TRM, all entries submitted to the broadcaster were allowed to proceed to the second stage where the artists auditioned in front of a selection committee on 1 February 2014. Twenty-four entries qualified to the third stage which was the live televised semi-finals followed by the final. Twelve songs competed in each of the two semi-finals on 11 and 13 March 2014. Eight songs qualified from each semi-final; seven of the qualifiers qualified based on the combined votes from the jury and televoting results, while the eighth qualifier in each semi-final was the entry that achieved the highest televoting score from the remaining entries after a second round of public televoting. The sixteen qualifying entries competed in the final on 15 March 2014 where Moldova’s representative in Copenhagen was selected.[2]

Competing entries

Artists and composers had the opportunity to submit their applications until the 23 January 2014 deadline. The performing artists were required to have Moldovan citizenship; however, collaborations with foreign composers were permitted.[2] At the conclusion of the submission deadline, 64 entries performed by 58 different artists were received by the Moldovan broadcaster. On 25 January 2014, a jury panel convened and selected forty entries to proceed to the live audition round.[3] However, following an appeal by three candidates regarding the rules of the competition, TRM admitted that there was a technical mistake in their initial screening process and decided to include the previously eliminated entries in the audition round.[1][4] Out of the 64 entries that were received, 62 competed in the audition round; « Is This The Way (You Want Me) » performed by Ray Gligor and « Take A Look At Me Now » performed by Nicollette were withdrawn as both songs were already competing in the Lithuanian national final for the 2014 contest. The live audition round took place on 1 February 2014 at Casa Radio in Chișinău and was webcast online by TRM. The jury panel that evaluated the songs during the live auditions consisted of Anatol Chiriac (composer), Valentin Dânga (composer), Nelly Ciobanu (singer and 2009 Moldovan Eurovision entrant), Aliona Triboi (singer and musicologist), Andrei Sava (composer), Alex Calancea (instrumentalist and producer), Ilona Stepan (conductor), Igor Cobileanski (director) and Tatiana Postolachi (lyricist).[5][6] Boris Covali was originally selected among the twenty-four semi-finalists with the song « Flying », however the song was replaced with the other song Covali had performed during the audition, « Perfect Day », after a decision by the singer’s management.[7]

In 2016, controversy arose regarding one of the songs that had competed in the audition round. The song « Taking Care of a Broken Heart » performed by Felicia Dunaf and written by Aidan O’Connor, Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Larry Forsberg and Lennart Wastesson was entered into the Swedish Eurovision Song Contest selection Melodifestivalen 2016 under the title « Himmel för två » (Heaven for two) with Swedish lyrics by Camilla Läckberg and with singer Anna Book as the performer. As the song had been published online by the Moldovan broadcaster and webcast live during the audition round, the song was disqualified from the Swedish competition.[8]

Artist Song Music (m) / Lyrics (l)
Alina Sorochina « Ascultă-mă tăcere » Marian Stârcea (m), Radmila Popovici-Paraschiv (l)
Ana Cernicova « Dragostea divină » Ana Cernicova (m & l)
Anna Gulko « Happy Tomorrow » Anna Gulko (m & l)
Aurel Chirtoacă « Urme de iubiri » Aurel Chirtoacă (m), Viorica Nagacevschi (l)
Boris Covali « Perfect Day » Brandon Stone (m & l)
Carolina Gorun « Turn the Tide » Mathias Kallenberger (m & l), Andreas Berlin (m & l), Andreas Anastasiou (m & l), Lawrence Bridge (m), Stephen Rudden (m)
Cristina Scarlat « Wild Soul«  Ivan Aculov (m), Lidia Scarlat (l)
Curly « Your Recovery » Grigore Chirsanov (m), Luca Inga (l)
Dana Markitan « Queen of the Dancefloor » Nikola Radunović (m & l), Dejan Nikodijević (m & l)
Diana Brescan « Hallelujah » Eugen Doibani (m & l), Radmila Popovici-Paraschiv (l)
Diana Staver « One and All » Hannah Mancini (m & l), Raay (m), Charlie Mason (l)
Doiniţa Gherman « Energy » Doiniţa Gherman (m & l), Vadim Luchin (m), Cătălin Gondiu (l)
Edict « Forever » Valeriu Cataraga (m), Sonyat Cioceacova (l)
Felicia Dunaf « The Way I Do » Eugen Doibani (m & l)
FLUX LIGHT « Never Stop No » Alexandru Buhnă (m & l)
Glam Girls « You Believed In Me » Niklas Peterson (m & l), Bridget Benenate (m & l), Mikael Albertsson (m & l), Andreas Anastasiou (m & l)
Lana Lights « Solar Wind » Serghei Forman (m), Ana Colesnicov (l)
Lucia S. « Frozen » Vitalie Catană (m), Gloria Gorceag (l)
Margarita Ciorici & Metafora « Vis » Alexandru Gorbos (m), Vica Demici (l)
Mikaella « Follow Your Dreams » Vladislav Bobotrîn (m & l)
Paralela 47 « Fragmente » Paralela 47 (m), Alecu Matrăguna (l)
Rodica Olişevschi « Without You » Rodica Olişevschi (m & l)
Tatiana Heghea « I’m Yours » David Daieres (m & l)
Vlad Ray « Freedom » Vladislav Bobotrîn (m & l)

Semi-final 1

The first semi-final took place on 11 March 2014 at TRM Studio 2 in Chișinău, hosted by Evelina Vîrlan and Sergiu Bețnitchi with Daniela Babici reporting from the greenroom.[9] Seven songs qualified to the final based on the combination of votes from the public televote and votes from the jury committee. The eighth qualifier, « Fragmente » performed by Paralela 47, was selected by an additional televote between the remaining non-qualifiers and was revealed during a post semi-final discussion show. The jury that voted in the first semi-final consisted of Alex Calancea (instrumentalist and producer), Andrei Sava (composer), Cristina Pintilie (singer), Tatiana Postolachi (lyricist), Ruslan Ţaranu (singer), Ilona Stepan (conductor), Nelly Ciobanu (singer and 2009 Moldovan Eurovision entrant), Anatol Chiriac (composer) and Ina Jeltova (journalist).

Semi-final 1 – 11 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Boris Covali « Perfect Day » 98 12 1,170 12 24 1
2 FLUX LIGHT « Never Stop No » 74 7 375 5 12 4
3 Alina Sorochina « Ascultă-mă tăcere » 50 3 105 0 3 10
4 Vlad Ray « Freedom » 40 2 167 3 5 9
5 Felicia Dunaf « The Way I Do » 71 6 495 6 12 4
6 Doinița Gherman « Energy » 54 4 869 8 12 4
7 Ana Cernicova « Dragostea divină » 80 8 596 7 15 2
8 Diana Brescan « Hallelujah » 98 10 235 4 14 3
9 Tatiana Heghea « I’m Yours » 21 0 1,046 10 10 7
10 Rodica Olișevschi « Without You » 23 0 56 0 0 12
11 Paralela 47 « Fragmente » 60 5 123 1 6 8
12 Carolina Gorun « Turn The Tide » 33 1 139 2 3 10

Semi-final 2

The second semi-final took place on 13 March 2014 at TRM Studio 2 in Chișinău, hosted by Nicu Ţurcanu and Djulieta Gânu with Vlad Ardovan reporting from the greenroom.[10] Seven songs qualified to the final based on the combination of votes from the public televote and votes from the jury committee. The eighth qualifier, « Vis » performed by Margarita Ciorici and Metafora, was selected by an additional televote between the remaining non-qualifiers and was revealed during a post semi-final discussion show. The jury that voted in the second semi-final consisted of Alex Calancea (instrumentalist and producer), Andrei Sava (composer), Cristina Pintilie (singer), Tatiana Postolachi (lyricist), Ruslan Ţaranu (singer), Ilona Stepan (conductor), Nelly Ciobanu (singer and 2009 Moldovan Eurovision entrant), Anatol Chiriac (composer) and Ina Jeltova (journalist).

Semi-final 2 – 13 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Cristina Scarlat « Wild Soul«  102 10 554 10 20 1
2 Anna Gulko « Happy Tomorrow » 45 2 169 3 5 11
3 Curly « Your Recovery » 79 8 497 8 16 3
4 Diana Staver « One and All » 9 0 493 7 7 6
5 Dana Markitan « Queen of the Dancefloor » 53 5 134 1 6 9
6 Aurel Chirtoacă « Urme de iubiri » 75 7 120 0 7 6
7 Edict « Forever » 47 3 250 5 8 5
8 Margarita Ciorici & Metafora « Vis » 43 1 428 6 7 8
9 Lucia S. « Frozen » 103 12 243 4 16 3
10 Mikaella « Follow Your Dreams » 73 6 2,126 12 18 2
11 Glam Girls « You Believed In Me » 49 4 141 2 6 9
12 Lana Lights « Solar Wind » 24 0 41 0 0 12

Final

The final took place on 15 March 2014 at TRM Studio 2 in Chișinău, hosted by Iurie Gologan and Olivia Furtună with Vlad Ardovan and Daniela Babici reporting from the greenroom. Sixteen songs that qualified from the previous two semi-finals competed with the winner being selected by the combination of votes from a jury panel and the votes from public televoting. The jury that voted in the final consisted of Mihail Culev (composer), Victoria Bucun (choreographer), Petru Vutcărău (director and actor), Nelly Ciobanu (singer and 2009 Moldovan Eurovision entrant), Tatiana Postolachi (lyricist), Ilona Stepan (conductor), Eugen Negruţă (musician), Liviu Știrbu (composer), Anatol Chiriac (composer), Andrei Sava (composer) and Max Chisaru (composer, lyricist and producer). Cristina Scarlat performing the song « Wild Soul » was the winner.[11]

Final – 15 March 2014
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 Diana Staver « One and All » 0 0 459 0 0 14
2 Doinița Gherman « Energy » 47 3 1,622 6 9 5
3 Boris Covali « Perfect Day » 111 8 11,978 12 20 2
4 Tatiana Heghea « I’m Yours » 7 0 1,192 3 3 12
5 Lucia S. « Frozen » 114 10 3,048 7 17 3
6 Margarita Ciorici & Metafora « Vis » 35 0 433 0 0 14
7 Ana Cernicova « Dragostea divină » 61 6 1,220 5 11 4
8 Edict « Forever » 35 0 157 0 0 14
9 FLUX LIGHT « Never Stop No » 62 7 850 1 8 6
10 Aurel Chirtoacă « Urme de iubiri » 59 5 162 0 5 8
11 Paralela 47 « Fragmente » 39 1 307 0 1 13
12 Diana Brescan « Hallelujah » 57 4 636 0 4 9
13 Mikaella « Follow Your Dreams » 34 0 3,768 8 8 6
14 Curly « Your Recovery » 39 2 950 2 4 9
15 Cristina Scarlat « Wild Soul«  122 12 8,305 10 22 1
16 Felicia Dunaf « The Way I Do » 36 0 1,197 4 4 9

At Eurovision

Cristina Scarlat at the first semi-final dress rehearsal

During the semi-final allocation draw on 20 January 2014 at the Copenhagen City Hall, Moldova was drawn to compete in the second half of the first semi-final on 6 May 2014.[12] In the first semi-final, the producers of the show decided that Moldova would perform 11th, following Belgium and preceding San Marino.[13] Moldova failed to qualify from the first semi-final, placing last (16th) in a field of 16 songs with a score of 13 points.

On stage, Cristina Scarlat was joined by four male dancers: Dragos Hioara, Eugen Simac, Lilian Caraus and Vadim Bianchin. The performance featured the dancers dressed as warriors and performing choreography with elements of Samurai fighting. The dress Scarlat wore was designed by Janna Berezovskaia.[14] Scarlat performed a new version of Wild Soul, with digitally adapted violine and dubstep elements. She already premiered the new version of her song in the ESCKAZ Festival, held in Moscow.

In Moldova, both the semi-finals and the final were broadcast on Moldova 1 and Radio Moldova with commentary by Daniela Babici.[15][16] The Moldovan spokesperson revealing the result of the Moldovan vote in the final was Olivia Furtună.[17]

Points awarded to Moldova

Points Awarded to Moldova (Semi-Final 1)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Moldova

Split voting results

The following five members comprise the Moldovan jury:[18]

Semi-final 1

The Moldovan votes in the first semi-final were based on 100% jury voting results.[19]

Semi-final 1 – Moldovan Results
Draw Country A. Chiriac A. Tostogan T. Postolachi N. Ciobanu I. Badicu Average Jury Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Armenia 10 12 7 12 13 12
02  Latvia 11 15 15 14 14 15
03  Estonia 9 11 14 15 15 13
04  Sweden 4 3 3 2 6 2 10
05  Iceland 15 14 13 13 11 14
06  Albania 12 6 12 9 12 11
07  Russia 1 2 1 1 1 1 12
08  Azerbaijan 5 9 4 3 3 5 6
09  Ukraine 2 4 6 4 4 3 8
10  Belgium 3 5 2 6 7 4 7
11  Moldova
12  San Marino 13 10 11 8 8 10 1
13  Portugal 6 13 9 5 9 8 3
14  Netherlands 14 7 8 10 10 9 2
15  Montenegro 7 8 5 7 5 6 5
16  Hungary 8 1 10 11 2 7 4

Final

The Moldovan votes in the grand final were based on 50% jury voting and 50% televoting results.[20]

Final – Moldovan Results
Draw Country A. Chiriac A. Tostogan T. Postolachi N. Ciobanu I. Badicu Average Jury Rank Televote Rank Combined Rank Scoreboard (Points)
01  Ukraine 4 4 3 4 5 3 3 2 10
02  Belarus 12 14 8 12 6 8 7 6 5
03  Azerbaijan 7 5 9 7 9 7 18 13
04  Iceland 24 23 26 19 24 26 25 26
05  Norway 21 18 14 24 15 20 15 19
06  Romania 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 12
07  Armenia 9 21 11 25 10 15 5 8 3
08  Montenegro 25 13 24 16 16 21 26 24
09  Poland 10 22 17 18 4 12 8 9 2
10  Greece 11 25 23 11 11 16 14 16
11  Austria 3 9 4 2 3 4 4 4 7
12  Germany 13 7 6 14 17 9 20 15
13  Sweden 2 3 2 3 7 2 6 5 6
14  France 14 26 25 26 18 25 23 25
15  Russia 5 6 5 8 8 6 2 3 8
16  Italy 20 24 20 23 19 24 19 21
17  Slovenia 19 17 21 20 20 22 21 22
18  Finland 26 16 22 21 13 23 22 23
19  Spain 16 15 7 6 25 10 16 14
20   Switzerland 15 8 10 13 26 13 10 11
21  Hungary 6 2 12 5 2 5 12 7 4
22  Malta 17 19 13 17 23 18 24 20
23  Denmark 22 10 15 15 21 17 17 18
24  Netherlands 18 20 16 10 12 14 11 12
25  San Marino 8 12 18 9 22 11 9 10 1
26  United Kingdom 23 11 19 22 14 19 13 17

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