Eurovision 2017

#MOLDOVA: Live blog of “O MELODIE PENTRU EUROPA” Semi Final – JOIN US from 18:35 CET


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.

You know the drill: Just refresh this page to get our comments and points of view.

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”


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: 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


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!

JAMES: Points?

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

Tell Us What You Think!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s