Buna seara Europa! Buna seara Australia!
Tonight we have the Semi-Final of Moldova’s “O Melodie Pentru Europa” 2017, the show that selects their representative for Eurovision Song Contest.
The Semi-Final is forecast to last about 2 hours and 20 minutes, so sit back and relax, get a coffee (if you like) and snacks while James and Bogdan #JAMDAN from EI do all the work for you. Feel free to tell us what you think and give us your opinion about tonight’s show.
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You can watch the live show HERE from 18:35 CET.
14 singers will compete tonight for a chance to get a spot in Tomorrow’s Final of O Melodie Pentru Europa. Out of all, only eight will qualify for the final.
The acts competing tonight are:
1. Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t Lie”
2.Emilia Russu – “If only you”
3.Sandy C – “A beautiful world”
4.Valeria Pasa – “Freedom”
5. Sergiu Pungă ft. Valentina Nejel – “Ne-a fost iubirea un joc”
6. Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – “Discover Moldova”
7. Marks & Stefanet – “Join us in the rain”
8. Aurel Chirtoacă – “Dor de mamă”
9. Big Flash Sound – “Logic”
10. SunStroke Project – “Hey Mamma”
11. Diana Brescan – “Breath”
12. Nadia Moșneagu – “Never Give Up on Us”
13. Samir Loghin – “Glow”
14. THE ONE – “Dance”
#LIVE ROLLING BLOG starts HERE
JAMES: Bună seara Europa și bună dimineața Australia! We’ve got about 10 mins to go till the show starts live in Chişinău! We’ve already had a listen to the songs, and you’re in for a real treat tonight! So check back soon! 😀
JAMES: And we’re off!
BOGDAN: Yes we are! We’ve opened with a really cool dance number
JAMES: Quite futuristic!
BOGDAN: That was cool. Here are our hosts for the evening.
JAMES: Now that’s what I call a dress!!
BOGDAN: They are talking about Dragobete, a celebration like Valentine’s Day celebrated in Romania and Moldova. That’s why we have all the folkloric elements and hearts on stage.
JAMES: They’ve invited us to comment on their Facebook page to let them know what we think – wonder if they’ll give a shout out to #JamDan?
JAMES: They’re also explaining the voting. The public will have a 15 minute window to vote for their favourites
BOGDAN: Just remember, you can only vote once from any phone number!
JAMES: I think our host was in the Green Room last year…
BOGDAN: I think you’re right… this year they have Felicia Dunaf in the Green Room, who was a contestant in last year’s O Melodie Pentru Europa
JAMES: We’re being introduced to tonight’s jury, who will get a 50% say in who goes to the final
BOGDAN: They’ll also do this for tomorrow night’s final
JAMES: Adverts time! That’s a good price for pineapples…
BOGDAN: And we’re back! Now it’s time for the 1st act. Vozniuc and Vio Grecu who are telling you, “Don’t Lie”!
JAMES: Good advice!
BOGDAN: I think it wants to be quite dark and heavy rock
JAMES: I like it, it’s a bit of a different sound for Eurovision
BOGDAN: Of course you like it, you love rock!
JAMES: I’m quite impressed with the stage in Chişinău tonight!
BOGDAN: So am I! I think this song could do well in Kyiv. I’ll give it a 7 and say it will definitely qualify.
JAMES: Ditto. An 8 from me. Emilia Russu is up next, for her 2nd try at the Moldovan selection
BOGDAN: She’s singing “If Only You,”
JAMES: I forgot how quickly the Moldovan selection moves… Sanremo, I hope you’re watching and taking notes!!
BOGDAN: Another quite rockish song tonight. She definitely has a strong voice
JAMES: The female power ballad is a Eurovision institution, so it could do well
BOGDAN: Yeah, it feels like I’ve heard it before. But saying that, I still like it
JAMES: Ouch… I’ve not heard that note before! I’ll give it a 7, very likeable entry
BOGDAN: Same here, a 7 from me too!
JAMES: Sandy C is showing us “A Beautiful World” now
BOGDAN: I bet she can see it from up there on her pedestal!
JAMES: I like the dress!
BOGDAN: Looks like golden birds
JAMES: Kind of reminds me of Albania 2016, but I’m not sure why…
BOGDAN: Reminds me of a calmer version of Ukraine’s Sweet People from 2010. A 6 from me
JAMES: 7, it was a very competent performance and I liked her style
JAMES: Valeria Pasa up now
BOGDAN: Her 3rd try at O Melodie Pentru Europa
JAMES: 3rd time lucky?
BOGDAN: Let’s have a listen to “Freedom”…
BOGDAN: She’s reminding me so much of Ira Losco with that beach!
JAMES: And that hood!
BOGDAN: She’s very pretty
JAMES: Agreed. Shame the song doesn’t show off her vocal talents very much…
BOGDAN: It doesn’t, which is a shame…
JAMES: 5 from me
BOGDAN: 6 from me. I don’t want to copy you 😛
JAMES: Sergiu Pungă up now with “Ne-a fost iubirea un joc” – Our love wasn’t a game?
BOGDAN: Love was only a game for us
JAMES: Almost! Need to work harder on my Romanian!
BOGDAN: Da 😛
BOGDAN: He’s not doing a great job connecting with the audience… he hasn’t opened his eyes once!
BOGDAN: I’m not liking this…
JAMES: I want to like it, vocally it’s really strong but yeah… very disconnected from the cameras and audience… a big no-no at Eurovision!
BOGDAN: 3, probably my least favourite so far
JAMES: For the song, I give it 6. I do love a ballad in a language other than English, but yeah.. he should have connected with us all a bit more!
BOGDAN: More adverts!
JAMES: Wonder if we can get sponsorship deals doing these blogs? Any offers, leave them in the comments! 😀
BOGDAN: That was a short ad break! We’re in the Green Room now
JAMES: I’m really looking forward to our next act, I think they might be one to watch to win the whole thing!
BOGDAN: Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu! My favourite song in the contest tonight and would make a great choice for Moldova at Eurovision 2017. They sing about the beauty of their country and it’s a great way to showcase the country
JAMES: We know we’re suppose to remain neutral, but I think you can guess who we want to win 😉
JAMES: Think Moldova’s answer to Buranovskiye Babushki – just much younger!
BOGDAN: They said they want you to “Discover Moldova” with them!
JAMES: Let’s go! Haide!
JAMES: HAI-LI-LI-LIIIIII!! HAI-LI-LI-LIIIII!!! This has everything a Eurovision hit needs!
BOGDAN: It’s a really fun song
BOGDAN: You just can’t help but smile listening to this song!
JAMES: I love it, it’s FANTASTIC!
BOGDAN: This has to win! 10 points!
JAMES: Boooo!! Douze Points! Deserves nothing less!
BOGDAN: Marks & Stefanet want to “Join Us In The Rain” now!
JAMES: I like it, it’s simple but it works. It’s Eurovisiony, without being like a slap in the face
BOGDAN: Shame there’s not really any chemistry between the singers… they’re singing to us, not to each other
JAMES: Not everyone can be all over each other like Monika and Vaidas 😛
BOGDAN: Mmmm… for the song, 8, but only 5 for their presentation… so 6.5, I guess?
JAMES: The song is great, the staging needs some work though… it’s not Molitva! 7 from me
BOGDAN: Aurel Chirtoacă singing “Dor de Mama” or “Missing Mother”
JAMES: Axel Hirsoux looks different…
BOGDAN: He has really great vocals… some bits of it really work well, I like the flute
JAMES: For me, his voice is great, but the subject matter is a bit odd…
BOGDAN: 5 from me
JAMES: 6 from me for the voice
BOGDAN: Big Flash Sound up next singing “Logic”
BOGDAN: Was that your big flash sound, James?
JAMES: Who is dressing the singers tonight?
BOGDAN: Some very cool costume choices!
BOGDAN: Another rocky ballad
JAMES: Ballads are very much in vogue this year
BOGDAN: Reminds me a little of Helpless by The Hardkiss in Ukraine’s selection last year
JAMES: For me the song is a touch dull, but her presence on stage saves it. I think a 6
BOGDAN: 7 from me.
BOGDAN: SunStroke Project are back with their saxophone! Relieving the glory days from Eurovision 2010?
BOGDAN: They said they hope the jury will give them maximum points for their show
JAMES: Go on SunStroke Project… wow us 😉
BOGDAN: They look like a wedding band
JAMES: HE LIVES!! EPIC SAX GUY IS BACK!!
BOGDAN: Bit of a dance routine going there… that’s sure to be popular!
JAMES: I don’t dislike it, but it feels a bit flat… I’ll give it a 7
BOGDAN: It was enjoyable, but lacked a wow factor for me. 8
JAMES: Only 4 more songs to go! We’ve been on air for about 70 mins and already done 10 songs… Sanremo, I’m looking at you again!
BOGDAN: More antics in the Green Room
JAMES: They look like they’re having a lot fun… and it’s only the semi final!
BOGDAN: Epic Sax Guy speaks Russian – I didn’t know that!
JAMES: Diana Brescan singing song #11 “Breath” now
JAMES: Breath? It looks like she needs to, she looks quite unwell in all that grey!
BOGDAN: This is making me sad…
JAMES: Getting vibes of Eponine from Les Miserables…
BOGDAN: This is making me sad and I want to change the channel, but I can’t… I’m blogging it… 😥
JAMES: Bold and unusual ideas can sometimes pay off. This is not one of those times. Sorry Diana… even the audience seem a little uncertain after that one!
JAMES: 5 – for reminding me of Eponine!
JAMES: Ohh! I loved Nadia Moșneagu last year! So glad she is back, she has an amazing voice!
BOGDAN: Her song is “Never Give Up On Us”
JAMES: Not to be confused with the UK’s “Never Give Up On You”
BOGDAN: Yet another rock ballad!
JAMES: I love the staging though! And her vocals are always amazing
BOGDAN: I think it’s quite middle of the road… a 6 from me
JAMES: I’m giving it an 8, I really like her
BOGDAN: Samir Loghin and “Glow” now
JAMES: Interesting haircut…
BOGDAN: Sounds like Asian reggae! Reminds me a little of Eric Saade… just a little bit
JAMES: This would stand out a mile in Kyiv!
BOGDAN: For Celebrating Diversity, I’ll give it a 6.5
JAMES: 6 here. It’s definitely an unusual mix. Last song now!
BOGDAN: THE ONE are ordering us to “Dance”!
JAMES: I had to look twice that it wasn’t Nicky Byrne from Ireland!
BOGDAN: Moldovan Sunlight! Just a little more bouncy!
JAMES: For me, it’s trying very hard to be a bog dance anthem, but doesn’t quite make it…
BOGDAN: I agree… but he’s giving it his all at least!
BOGDAN: It was a good effort, I’ll give it 6.5. It was a great way to end the show
JAMES: It certainly was. A 7 from me for his energy!
BOGDAN: More adverts now, remember to buy the things you see!
JAMES: Back to the Green Room now to catch up with everyone
BOGDAN: It’s going to be interesting to see who makes it to tomorrow’s final, there are a lot of strong songs tonight
JAMES: Indeed there are, and we sped through them too! My fingers are aching from typing so fast to keep you all entertained – but it’s worth it for all you reading out there 😉
BOGDAN: Recap of tonight’s 14 songs now
BOGDAN: I must say, I like how they’ve incorporated this year’s logo and made it Moldovan
JAMES: So do I, it’s a nice design 🙂
BOGDAN: DoReDos singing for us now. You might remember them from last year’s contest
JAMES: They’re certainly fans of colour, all those swirling patterns!! Talk about “in glorious technicolour”!
JAMES: Reminds me a bit of the staging by NAVI Band from Belarus and their song for Kyiv. One of my personal favourites this year! ❤
BOGDAN: And I love this song! “Save Me” ❤
JAMES: A lot of interval acts, guest performers here tonight… and I don’t think we’ve actually started voting yet!
BOGDAN: Ooops! Turns out we misunderstood! The jury tonight will vote for their favourite 4 who will advance to tomorrow night
JAMES: And we’re just about to find out who those acts are!
BOGDAN: SunStroke Project in the lead at the moment with the jury
*JAMES and BOGDAN slightly confused by the jury’s voting and where the points are going*
BOGDAN: So our jury qualifiers are:
Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – “Discover Moldova”
Aurel Chirtoacă – “Dor de Mamă”
SunStroke Project – “Hey Mamma”
Diana Brescan – “Breath”
JAMES: And the full scoreboard is here:
BOGDAN: There’s going to be a recap of the songs that are still left, the the telephone lines will open for the Moldovan public to vote
JAMES: The following acts are still fighting for a place in the final:
Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t Lie”
Emilia Russu – “If Only You”
Sandy C – “A Beautiful World”
Valeria Pasa – “Freedom”
Sergiu Pungă – “Ne-a Fost Iubirea Un Joc”
Marks & Stefanet – “Join Us In The Rain”
Big Flash Sound – “Logic”
Nadia Moșneagu – “Never Give Up on Us”
Samir Loghin – “Glow”
THE ONE – “Dance”
BOGDAN: Will be interesting to see if the Moldovan public votes in a similar way to the jury
JAMES: Quick ad break, then the voting lines will open! Oooh, the suspense!
BOGDAN: Counting down to the televote opening!
JAMES: Lines are open!
BOGDAN: I like what they’ve done with putting the votes on the screen like this
JAMES: It’s a cool idea… shame no one has voted yet , we want to know what Moldova thinks!
JAMES: Phew! Someone picked up the phone at last!
BOGDAN: Quite a few someones by the looks of it!
JAMES: Nadia Moșneagu is last?! HOW???
BOGDAN: I feel sorry for her
JAMES: I remember calling her the Moldovan Barbara Streisand last year!
BOGDAN: The votes between 4th and 5th are getting really close!! Only 8 votes separate them!
JAMES: Isn’t it funny that 2 songs we were convinced wouldn’t qualify did?
BOGDAN: Yeah, that was a surprise… shows what we know!
JAMES: Ah, the joys of being a Eurovision fan!
BOGDAN: Stop televote!
JAMES: Moldova, your fate is sealed 😉
BOGDAN: Let’s see who else has made it to the final…
JAMES: Our new finalists are:
Marks & Stefanet – “Join Us In The Rain”
Samir Loghin – “Glow”
Valeria Pașa – “Freedom”
Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – “Don’t Lie”
All the finalists together:
BOGDAN: The running order was also drawn for tomorrow night. SunStroke will perform first tomorrow in the final and Ethno Republic &Surorile Osoianu will perform 7th. The others, you’ll have to join us tomorrow night to find out!
JAMES: Thank you all from both of us for joining us tonight, and see you tomorrow night for O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017 final!
BOTH: Noapte bună!
Author: James Scanlan, Bogdan Stefan
Source: TVMD, Eurovision Ireland