Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Moldova
National selection
Selection process O melodie pentru Europa 2017
Selection date(s) Semi-final:
24 February 2017
Final:
25 February 2017
Selected entrant SunStroke Project
Selected song « Hey, Mamma!« 
Selected songwriter(s) SunStroke Project
Alina Galetskaya
Finals performance
Semi-final result 2nd, 291 points
Final result 3rd, 374 points
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. The artist and song that would represent Moldova in the 2017 contest was selected through the national final, O melodie pentru Europa 2017, organised by the Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM), on 25 February 2017.

Moldova was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 9 May 2017. Performing during the show in position 12, « Hey, Mamma! » was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and therefore qualified to compete in the final on 13 May.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Moldova had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest twelve times since its first entry in 2005.[1] The nation’s best placing in the contest was sixth, which it achieved in 2005 with the song « Bunica bate toba » performed by Zdob și Zdub. Other than their debut entry, to this point, Moldova’s only other top ten placing at the contest was achieved in 2007 where « Fight » performed by Natalia Barbu placed tenth. In the 2016 contest, « Falling Stars » performed by Lidia Isac failed to qualify Moldova to compete in the final.

For the 2017 Contest, the Moldovan national broadcaster, TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM), will broadcast the event within Moldova and organise the selection process for the nation’s entry. TRM confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest on 25 October 2016.[2] Moldova has selected their entry via a national selection show since 2008, a procedure that was continued for their 2017 participation.[3]

Before Eurovision

O melodie pentru Europa 2017

O melodie pentru Europa 2017 was the national final format developed by TRM in order to select Moldova’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Unlike in previous years, the event only included one semi-final and a final to be held on 24 and 25 February 2017, respectively.[3]

Format

The selection of the competing entries for the national final and ultimately the Moldovan Eurovision entry took place over two rounds. On 21 January 2017, all artists who submitted a song to the broadcaster were invited to take part in a live audition, where the fourteen semi-finalists were decided. The fourteen semi-finalists took part in a live semi-final on 24 February, where eight singers progressed to the live final on 25 February. The winner was decided by voting from the Moldovan public and a jury of music professionals.[3]

Competing entries

Interested artists and composers had until 18 January 2017 to submit their entries to the Moldovan broadcaster.[3] At the conclusion of the submissions period, the broadcaster had received 40 entries, all of which were invited to the live auditions.[4] One artist withdrew from the competition prior to the auditions, and another did not show up, leaving 38 candidates.[5] The fourteen semi-finalists were revealed on 21 January, following the live audition. Constantin Cobîlean and his song « Mama » were disqualified after it was discovered that a Russian language version of the song had been performed on the Russian television series Glavnaya Stsena in 2015. He was replaced by Nadia Moșneagu and the song « Never Give Up on Us ».[6][7] On 24 January, Irina Kit decided to withdraw from the selection after it was revealed that heir chorus had similarities to the Akon song Bananza; She was replaced by Samir Loghin and the song « Glow ».[8]

Artist Song (English Translation) Composer(s)
Aurel Chirtoacă « Dor de mamă » (Missing mother) Aurel Chirtoacă
Big Flash Sound « Logic » Big Flash Sound – Eugenia Golomidova, Eugen Valeev
Boris Covali « Călător » (Traveller) Șerban Cazan, Theea Miculescu
Constantin Cobîlean « Mama » Artur Petrosyan, Iurie Carp
Diana Brescan « Breath » Andrei Tostogan, Liuba Perciun
Emilia Russu « If Only You » Samuel Bugia Garrido, Athanasios Nakos
Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu « Discover Moldova » Marcel Ștefăneț, Nelu Laiu
Irina Kit « Baby, Don’t Cry » Irina Kitoroagă, Hans Olof Furberg, DJ Kirumba
Marks & Ștefăneț « Join Us in the Rain » Ralph Siegel
Nadia Moșneagu « Never Give Up on Us » Johan Lundin, Vanessa Nordmark
Samir Loghin « Glow » Samir Loghin, Danil Murzac, Kälin Bogdan
Sandy C « A Beautiful World » Christian Alares, Malin Johansson, Christopher Wortley
Sergiu Pungă « Ne-a fost iubirea un joc » (Our love was a game)
SunStroke Project « Hey, Mamma! » SunStroke Project, Alina Galetskaya
THE ONE « Dance » Iurie Sceankin, Igor Cristov, Pavel Malișev
Valeria Pașa « Freedom » Eugen Doibani
Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu « Don’t Lie » Dan Vozniuc, Rodica Olișevschi

Shows

Semi-final

  Public vote qualifier   Jury qualifier

Semi-final – 24 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Place Result
1 Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu « Don’t Lie » 26 5 113 8 Advanced
2 Emilia Russu “If Only You” 21 2 81 12 Out
3 Sandy C « A Beautiful World » 25 4 108 9 Out
4 Valeria Pașa « Freedom » 36 6 120 7 Advanced
5 Sergiu Pungă « Ne-a fost iubirea un joc » 12 0 99 10 Out
6 Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu « Discover Moldova » 65 10 2 Advanced
7 Marks & Ștefăneț « Join Us in the Rain » 13 0 440 5 Advanced
8 Aurel Chirtoacă « Dor de mamă » 38 7 4 Advanced
9 Big Flash Sound « Logic » 17 1 34 13 Out
10 SunStroke Project « Hey, Mamma! » 67 12 1 Advanced
11 Diana Brescan « Breathe » 52 8 3 Advanced
12 Nadia Moșneagu « Never Give Up On Us » 3 0 16 14 Out
13 Samir Loghin « Glow » 8 0 335 6 Advanced
14 THE ONE « Dance » 23 3 86 11 Out
Final
Final – 25 February 2017
Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Total Place
1 SunStroke Project « Hey, Mamma! » 88 10 1539 12 22 1
2 Samir Loghin « Glow » 34 3 217 7 10 7
3 Valeria Pașa « Freedom » 51 5 148 6 11 6
4 Aurel Chirtoacă « Dor de mamă » 56 6 63 3 9 8
5 Diana Brescan « Breathe » 80 8 127 5 13 3
6 Marks & Ștefăneț « Join Us in the Rain » 38 4 471 8 12 4
7 Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu « Discover Moldova » 90 12 598 10 22 2
8 Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu « Don’t Lie » 58 7 109 4 11 5

Promotion

SunStroke Project made several appearances across Europe to specifically promote « Hey, Mamma! » as the Moldovan Eurovision entry. Between 3 and 6 April, they took part in promotional activities in Tel Aviv, Israel where they performed during the Israel Calling event held at the Ha’teatron venue.[9][10] On 8 April, they performed during the Eurovision in Concert event which was held at the Melkweg venue in Amsterdam, Netherlands and hosted by Cornald Maas and Selma Björnsdóttir.[11] On 15 April, they performed during the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party, which was held at the Sala La Riviera venue in Madrid, Spain.[12]

At Eurovision

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the « Big 5 » (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot.[13] On 31 January 2017, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Moldova was placed into the first semi-final, to be held on 9 May 2017, and was scheduled to perform in the second half of the show.[14]

Once all the competing songs for the 2017 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows’ producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Moldova was set to perform in position 12, following the entry from Poland and before the entry from Iceland.[15]

Semi-final

SunStroke Project took part in technical rehearsals on 30 April and 4 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 8 and 9 May. This included the jury show on 8 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

At the end of the show, Moldova was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final.

Points awarded to Moldova

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners’ press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the reverse order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Moldova was drawn to compete in the first half. After the completion of the second semifinal press conference, it was decided that Moldova would perform seventh in the grand final running order, following the entry from the Netherlands and preceding the entry from Hungary. At the close of voting, they finished in 3rd place in the combined ranking with 374 points, finishing in 8th place with the national juries (110 points) and 3rd place in the televote (264 points). The result gave Moldova its best-ever placing since their debut in 2005.

Points awarded to Moldova

Split voting results

References

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