On the eve of Valentine's Day, the singer and song to represent Moldova in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest was selected in a great TV show. Twenty songs were presented, and in the end, an expert jury, a jury of representatives of the public broadcaster TRM, and the TV public all cast their votes (the latter by SMS voting).
In the end it was decided Nelly Ciobanu would represent Moldova at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow with her ethnic pop song Hora Din Moldova.
She got top marks in all three parts of the voting, with an impressive 61% of all televotes being cast for her. Nelly Ciobanu had already taken part in the first ever Moldovan national final, in 2005, reaching the second place with One More Time. You can watch Nelly's performance of Hora Din Moldova below.
Nelly is one of the singers with the most titles at this year's Europe's favourite TV-show. She's won contests all over the world. From Latvia to Yalta. Over the last few years the singer has released four albums, with a fifth in preparation.
Three years ago Nelly became a happy mum, and she dedicates her performance at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest to her small daughter who became for her the most important audience in the world.
Now she'll perform fifteenth in the second Semi-Final of Europe's favourite TV-show on the 14th of May in Moscow. You can read more about her on her Artist Profile.