Starting at 18:30 CET today, the Moldovan TV public will have the right to choose the country's entry for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The televoting result will account for 50% of the final scores, with the remaning 50% coming from an "expert" jury.
The following acts are in the running tonight (in order of appearance):
Ruslan Taranu - Blanche
Irina Tarasiuc & MC Gootsa - Save A Little Sunshine
Pasha Parfeny - Lăutar
Alexandru Manciu - If You Leave
Paralela 47 - Arde
Ksenya Nikora - You Better Rush
Leria - A Ray Of Sun
Cristina Croitoru - Fight For Love
Mariana Mihăilă - Live On Forever
MC Mike & Human Place - Moll Girl
Nicoleta Gavrilita - Crazy Little Thing
Geta Burlacu - Never Ever Stop
Adrian Ursu - Be Yourself
Doiniţa Gherman - Welcome To Moldova
M Studio - Open Your Eyes
Anna Gulko - Ballad Of Love
Transbalcanica - Balkan Riders
Dara - Open Your Eyes
Univox - Moody Numbers
Akord - Live The Show
INAYA - Lights
Twenty of the candidates were chosen by a jury out of all the proposals received during the open submission period. Nelly Ciobanu later withdrew from the line-up, making room for Akord and their song Live The Show.
The 21st entrant was chosen by a web voting, and the lucky one was Mariana Mihăilă - her song was written by an international team of songwriters. Another "international" entry tonight is Save A Little Sunshine by Irina Tarasiuc & MC Gootsa, which was written by the German Eurovision Song Contest veterans Ralph Siegel and Bernd Meinunger.
Among the participants is Geta Burlacu (pictured), who represented Moldova in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest but failed to qualify for the Final.