Moldova chooses DoReDoS for Lisbon24 February 2018 at 21:36 CET
Fresh of their highest scoring song in Moldovan Eurovision history to date, Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova organized the national selection show in the same format that brought them success last year. The Moldovan national selection, O melodie pentru Europa 2018, featured 16 entries tonight. In the end, DoReDoS, was chosen to represent Moldova by a combination of jury and public votes.
About the show
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:
- Tolik - Broken Glass
- Lavinia Rusu - Altundeva
- Bella Luna - Moments
- Anna Timofei - Endlessly
- Ilia Sorocean & Dasha DaGro - Minds & Veins
- Che MD - Inima-n Stîngă
- Constantin Cobîlean - Numai Tu
- DoReDoS - My Lucky Day
- SandyC & Aaron Sibley - Once Upon a Time
- Anna Odobescu - Agony
- Nicoleta Sava - Esencia del Sur
- Doinița Gherman - Dance in Flames
- Felicia Dunaf - Alien
- Viorela - The Gates of Love
- Vera Țurcanu - Black Heart
- Ruslan Tsar - Come to Life
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.