🇲🇩 Final of Etapa Națională 2023 to take place on March 4

🇲🇩 Final of Etapa Națională 2023 to take place on March 4

After a long three hours of live auditions and the reveal of the contenders for Moldova this year, TRM has revealed that the final of this year’s Moldovan selection will take place on the 4th of March.

Etapa Națională 2023

The competing artists and entries competing in the Moldovan selection are:

ArtistSong TitleSongwriter(s)
Aliona MoonDu-măȘtefan Burlacu, Vlad Subujac, Aliona Munteanu
Corina IvanovWhen Love’s RealMike Connaris, Mia Nicolai
COSMINAIndestructibleCosmina Cotoros, Shawn Myers, Jonas Gladnikoff
DoniaRed ZoneDonia Ianculescu, Robert Andrei Niculae
NÖRDIKADamn and DownRuslan Țăranu
OLWhy You Play It CoolOlga Lisicova
Pasha ParfeniSoarele și lunaPavel Parfeni, Andrei Vulpe, Iuliana Perfeni
Sunstroke ProjectYummy MommyMihai Teodor, Sergei Ialovițski
Surorile OsoianuBade, bădișor, bădițăElena Ioniță, Jonathan Alexandru
Victor GulickLet’s DanceVictor Gulick, Serghei Lututovici

All songs made it to the audition stage can be listened to at eurovision.md. 33 songs were originally selected for the audition process, but two were disqualified before the live auditions. One of NÖRDIKA’s entries, “Squeeze Paradise”, was disqualified due to having been performed before 1st September 2022, making it ineligible for Eurovision. Massimo Sinceri and DA-MUSE were also disqualified due to not meeting the required threshold for performers and composes being at least 50% Moldovan. Furthermore, LOLA was unable to perform at the live auditions and was therefore ineligible for consideration.

Of the 10 competing entries in the final, three previous Moldovan representatives are returning. Pasha Parfeni represented Moldova with “Lăutar” in 2012, whilst Aliona Moon sang “O mie” for Moldova in 2013. The Sunstroke Project have represented the nation on two separate occasions – first in 2010 with the song “Run Away”, and then in 2017 singing “Hey Mamma”.

Moldova’s Eurovision journey

Moldova is relatively new to the Eurovision Song Contest, joining in 2005. Their debut entry, Zdob si Zdub, finished in 6th place, which had remained their highest scoring entry up until 2017. This was thanks to the Sunstroke Project performing ‘Hey Mamma’, finishing in 3rd place. At the close of voting, Moldova received 374 points.

In 2022, Zdob si Zdub came back to the Eurovision stage with the Advahov Brothers and represented Moldova at the Contest in Turin. Performing their song “Trenuletul”, Moldova qualified for the final and finished in 7th place. Following the jury and televote points, Moldova had received 253 points.

Who would you like to see represent Moldova at Eurovision 2023? What did you think of this year’s live auditions? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we look ahead to Eurovision 2023!

News Source: TRM

Photo Credit: TRM

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