The following acts have qualified in tonight's first semi-final in Moldova by a joint vote of the TV viewers and an expert jury:
The professional jury was introduced before the first act entered the stage. The public got to see some quite elaborate performances, featuring modern knights in armour in Doiniţa Gherman's cheerful act, Che-MD mixing folk music elements and costumes (including a sword!) with rock sounds, a pyro effect launched from a trumpet in Valentin Uzun's ethnic entry, and Valeria Paşa performing on a turning pedestal where she was joined by her backing vocalists during the final of her strong self-written soul ballad.
This was the running order of tonight's show:
From each semi-final seven acts are selected by a joint decision of a professional jury and televoting. If there is a tie between two or more candidates, it is the jury panel who will decide who they want to see in the final. The eighth qualifier from each semi-final is chosen solely by the TV viewers and will be announced after the show.
The winner of the Moldovan national final will be chosen by a combined decision (50/50) of an expert jury and televoting.
Hosts and guests in the shows
Tonight’s show was hosted by Gloria Gorceag and Sergiu Bezniţchi. Aliona Moon, who represented Moldova in the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest, was one of the special guests tonight. One of her performances was a new version of her entry O Mie - with a live rock band!
Watch on Thursday: The Second Semi-Final
In the second semi-final in 25th February, the following artists will compete:
Rodica şi Ivan Aculov - Stop Lying
Lidia Isac - Falling Stars
Cristina Pintilie - Picture Of Love
Diana Brescan - Till The End
Max Fall feat. Dan Vozniuc & Malloy - Game Lover
Andrei Ioniţa & Onoffrei – Lie
Felicia Dunaf - You And Me
Nadia Moşneagu – Memories
Big Flash Sound - Când vrei
Anna Gulko - Never Let Go
Beatrice - Saved My Heart For You
Vitalie Todiraşcu - Belladonna
The second semi-final will be hosted by Mihaela Crânov and Sergiu Bezniţchi. The Moldovan band Gândul Mâței will come to support the competitors and entertain public.