At the end of January 2018, artists that had applied for the Moldovan national selection took part in a round of live auditions. The jury was led by Nelly Ciobanu, who represented Moldova in 2009 with the song Hora din Moldova. Out of the 27 hopefuls, the jury selected 16 acts that appeared in the final.
The competing entries in the final were:
The final was hosted by Sergiu Bezniţchi, Evelina Vîrlan, and Djulieta Gînu-Ardovan. During the show, each act took the stage in quick succession, with small breaks to catch up with performers backstage. After voting was closed, the audience was entertained with an energizing show kicked off by some traditional Moldovan dancing. Once counting was complete, the hosts annouced DoReDoS came out on top. Aside from picking up many of the top scores from the judges, DoReDoS topped the televote with more than 3000 points over Tolik with the second highest score. The combined result showed Vera Țurcanu in second, and Doinița Gherman in third.
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
Moldova debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005, placing sixth with its first ever entry, Bunica Bate Toba performed by Zdob și Zdub. In total Moldova has appeared in the Grand Final on nine occasions and last year SunStroke Project took the country to the top three in the Grand Final for the first time ever.
Moldova will participate in the Second Semi-Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest which will be held on Thursday 10th May.