Out of the 93 songs that had been entered for the Moldovan national selection, a jury picked 25 lucky contenders who will get the chance to perform their songs live to a broad audience tonight in the national final. Katrina's entry Solo Por Tu Amor was disqualified for being released prior to September 1st, 2010, thus breaking the rules of the Eurovision Song Contest. She was replaced by the runner-up, Dumitru Socican.
The show will feature some well-known faces in the world of Eurovision: Natalia Barbu represented Moldova in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, reaching the 10th place with Fight. Zdob şi Zdub performed the Moldovan debut entry in the Eurovision Song Contest, Boonika Bate Doba, in 2005, coming 6th. Karizma, the artist formerly known as Alexa, is one of the most successful participants in the recent Moldovan national finals, having reached the 3rd place in 2008 with We Are One, and the 2nd place in 2009 with A Flight To The Light.
Here is the complete line-up of tonight's show, in order of appearance:
Natan - Dacă Dragoste Mai E
Natalia Barbu - Let's Jazz
Formaţia "Ion Krasnopolski" - Cu Fanfara Pînă Dimineaţa
Anişoara Balmuş - You And I
Denis Latişev - It's My First Dance With You
Pasha Parfeny - Dorule
Doiniţa Gherman - Viaţa
Corina Cuniuc - Şi Tac
Cristina Scarlat - Every Day Will Be Your Day
Diana Staver - Love Song
Dumitru Socican - Me Pierd Cînd O Văd
Nicoleta Gavriliţa - Just Your Friend
Adriana Voloşenco - I Can Win The Game
Boris Covali & Cristina Croitoru - Break It Up
Ruslan Taranu - Lumina Mea
Milenium - In Memoriam
Odry - Doina, Dor Nemărginit
Karizma - When Life Is Grey
Vadim Luchin & Tamaz Djgarcava - Always
Mariana Mihaila - Mi Rey!
Valeria Tarasova - This Is My Life
Aurel Chirtoacă - Încă Îndrăgostit
M-Studio - Night Reflection
Zdob şi Zdub - So Lucky
Dana Marchitan - Lucky You Lucky Me
The Moldovan national final will be broadcast live tonight on the channels Moldova 1 and TVM International, which can be received via satellite on Eutelsat W2 (16°E). The show is set to start at 18:40 CET. Meanwhile, you can listen to all the songs in the national selection on the official website of TRM.
Moldova was drawn to take part in the first half of the Second Semi-Final of the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held in Düsseldorf on May 12th.