With the song 'Stay', Anna will be taking to the stage in Tel Aviv for Moldova. She left the other nine finalists behind her by receiving the most points during the country's national selection 'O Melodie Pentru Europa'
Moldova will be on stage during the second Semi-Final on the 16th of May, hoping to qualify for the Grand Final on the 18th.
Anna Odobescu is from Dubasari, on the left bank of the Nistru River in Moldova. Anna graduated from the Academy of Music, Theater and Fine Arts in Chisinau and says that she finds peace and inner silence in music.
The running order of this year's O Melodie Pentru Europa:
- Aurel Chirtoacă - La cinema
- Vera Ţurcan - Cold
- Marcela Scripcaru - Meteor
- Siaj - Olimp
- Maxim Zavidia - I Will Not Surrender
- Diana Brescan - Lies
- Tinna Gi - Virus
- Lemonique - Gravity
- Anna Odobescu - Stay (WINNER)
- Che-MD ft. Elizaveta Ivasiuk - Sub Pămînt
Moldova in Eurovision
Moldova debuted in 2005, placing sixth with its first-ever entry, Bunica Bate Toba performed by Zdob și Zdub. Later, in 2010, they sent Sunstroke Project & Olia Tira with the song Run Away. This went viral a few years later, when Epic Sax Guy became an internet phenomenon (62 million YouTube views).
In 2017, Moldova invited back Sunstroke Project. The band took the country to the top three in the Grand Final for the first time ever with Hey Mamma and last year the country landed inside the top ten thanks to My Lucky Day by DoReDos.