Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Moldova
National selection
Selection processO melodie pentru Europa 2019
Selection date(s)2 March 2019
Selected entrantAnna Odobescu
Selected song"Stay"
Selected songwriter(s)Georgios Kalpakidis
Thomas Reil
Jeppe Reil
Maria Broberg
Finals performance
Semi-final resultFailed to qualify (12th, 85 points)
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The song that will represent Moldova will be selected through the national final O melodie pentru Europa 2019, to be organised by the Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM), on 2 March 2019.


Prior to the 2019 Contest, Moldova had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest fourteen times since its first entry in 2005.[1] The nation's best placing in the contest was third, which it achieved in 2017 with the song "Hey Mamma!" performed by SunStroke Project. To this point, Moldova have achieved another three top-ten placings at the contest, with Zdob și Zdub placing sixth with "Bunica bate toba" in 2005, Natalia Barbu placing tenth in 2007 with "Fight" and DoReDoS in 2018 performing "My Lucky Day", also placing tenth. In 2018, Moldova was represented by DoReDoS with the song "My Lucky Day". The country placed 10th in the final with 209 points.

For the 2019 Contest, the Moldovan national broadcaster, TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM), will broadcast the event within Moldova and organise the selection process for the nation's entry.

Before Eurovision[edit]

O melodie pentru Europa 2019[edit]

O melodie pentru Europa 2019 is the national final format developed by TRM in order to select Moldova's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

Competing entries[edit]

On February 2nd, the jury selected 10 songs to compete in the national final;

Artist Song (English Translation) Composer(s)
Anna Odobescu "Stay" Georgios Kalpakidis, Thomas Reil, Jeppe Reil, Maria Broberg
Aurel Chirtoacă "La cinema" Aurel Chirtoacă, Dumitru Rau
Che-MD feat. Elizaveta Ivasiuk "Sub Pământ" (Under the Earth) Michael Smolenko
Diana Brescan "Lies" Samuel Bugia Garrido, Roxana Elekes
Lemonique "Gravity" Anton Ragoza, Dumitru Golban, Maria Gospodinova, Sergiu Ionas
Marcela Scripcaru "Meteor" Rob Price
Maxim Zavidia "I Will Not Surrender" Primož Poglajen, Michael James Down, Jonas Gladnikoff, Will Taylor
Siaj "Olimp" Siaj, Victor Nguyen, Ruslan Ciotu, Stefan Postoronca, Dumitru Rusu, Marian Ungur
Tinna Gi "Virus" Cristina Coșciug
Vera Țurcanu "Cold" David Gällring, Karl Sahlin, Vera Țurcanu, Nikos Sofis



The final is set to take place on 2 March 2019.[2]

Draw Artist Song Jury Televote Points Place
1 Aurel Chirtoacă "La cinema" 35 3 53 2 5 8
2[a] Vera Țurcanu "Cold" 44 8 140 7 15 4
3 Marcela Scripcaru "Meteor" 37 4 40 1 5 7
4 Siaj "Olimp" 34 2 70 3 5 9
5 Maxim Zavidia "I Will Not Surrender" 38 5 938 12 17 2
6 Diana Brescan "Lies" 52 10 103 5 15 3
7 Tinna Gi "Virus" 41 6 119 6 12 6
8 Lemonique "Gravity" 42 7 261 8 15 5
9 Anna Odobescu "Stay" 75 12 264 10 22 1
10 Che-MD feat. Elizaveta Ivasiuk "Sub Pământ" 8 1 81 4 5 10
  1. ^ Due to technical difficulties in the performance, Vera Țurcanu was allowed to perform again after all the performances.

At Eurovision[edit]

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final. The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) split up the competing countries into six different pots based on voting patterns from previous contests, with countries with favourable voting histories put into the same pot. On 28 January 2019, a special allocation draw was held which placed each country into one of the two semi-finals, as well as which half of the show they would perform in. Moldova was placed into the second semi-final, to be held on 16 May 2019, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[3]

Once all the competing songs for the 2019 contest had been released, the running order for the semi-finals was decided by the shows' producers rather than through another draw, so that similar songs were not placed next to each other. Moldova was set to perform in position 3, following the entry from Ireland and preceding the entry from Switzerland.[4]


Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results will be released shortly after the grand final.[5]

Points awarded to Moldova[edit]

Points awarded to Moldova (Semi-final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Moldova[edit]

Split voting results[edit]

The following five members comprised the Moldovan jury:[5]

  • Corneliu Botgros – Chairperson – musician
  • Vasile Olaru – composer, producer, singer
  • Otilia Lozovanu – TV producer
  • Igor Munteanu – dancer
  • Geta Burlacu – singer, represented Moldova in the 2008 contest


  1. ^ "Moldova Country Profile". EBU. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ eurovisiontj (2019-02-20). "O Melodie Pentru Europa moved to March 2". Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  3. ^ Jordan, Paul (28 January 2019). "Eurovision 2019: Which country takes part in which Semi-Final?". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: This is the Eurovision 2019 Semi-Final running order!". European Broadcasting Union. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 2 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b Groot, Evert (30 April 2019). "Exclusive: They are the judges who will vote in Eurovision 2019!". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 30 April 2019.

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