The second semi-final of O melodie pentru Europa – the Moldovan national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest – will take place tonight in Chişinău. Twelve artists will perform their songs live on stage but only seven of them will qualify for the national final to be held on 16 March.
Moldova is the last country to select its entry in the Eurovision Song Contest this year. The Eastern European country decided to change the format of their national selection for 2013, opting for two separate competitions, one for the artists and one for the songs, the top 24 acts competing in the two semi-finals of O melodie pentru Europa.
How to watch?
The Moldovan national selection consists of two semi-finals and a national final. The second semi-final will take place tonight at 19:00 CET. Twelve artists will perform their songs live on stage and the top seven acts will qualify for the national final. The qualifiers will be determined though a combination of tele-voting (50%) and jury (50%). The Picado guitar ensemble will open the show while the country’s representative in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, Geta Burlacu, will perform during the interval act. The show will be hosted by Cătălin Josan and Evelina Vîrlan with Lucian Dumitrescu reporting from the green room. Dina Garipova, Russia’s entry in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, will also perform her song What if during the show.
- Tatiana Heghea – A brighter day
- Aurel Chirtoacă – Iartă-mă
- Inaya – I need you now
- Anna Gulko – Somebody else
- Valeria Paşa & Alex Mataev – Show me your feelings
- Nicoleta Gavriliţă (NiCo) – Freaky thong
- Irina Tarasiuk – Dancing hearts
- FireLove – Just smile
- Irina Kitoroagă – L.O.V.E. Love
- Cristina Scarlat – I pray
- Alexandru Şendrea – In my head
- Cristina Croitoru & Karizma – Never fall again
Moldova debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005 when Zdob şi Zdub represented them with the song Bunica bate doba which placed 6th in the grand final in Kyiv, Ukraine. The country is yet to win the contest but managed to score good results so far.