Today, Moldovan broadcaster, TRM, have announced the start of their search for a representative for Eurovision 2017. Those who wish to participate in their national selection can submit their entries from today until the closing date on January 18th 2017. They can send their entries via email to Eurovision@trm.md.
Looking into the rules (which you can check out here) – the act must be of Moldovan citizenship or be now more than 50% in lead vocalist on track. After the closing date a number of internal jurors will decide which acts and songs to put through to the next stage where they will perform the song live as auditions. This will then be reduced to the number of acts that will go through to the Live national selection. For the first stage of the selection, there will be 100% jury voting, and there will be a maximum of 14 acts through to each of the semi final stage of the selection of which there will be 2 semi finals.
The rule of the citizenship may come as a shock to some artists, such as Mihai Traistraiu, who has openly stated that he would be seeking to represent Moldova at Eurovision in 2017, since his apparent fall out with Romania and their national selection since his bad result with his 2016 song “Paradisio”. He had hoped that they would relax once again the rule of foreign nationals taking part in the national selection like in 2015 when Ukrainan Eduard Romanyutu and Brit Kitty Brucknell took part in the Moldova national selection. Eduard of course, went onto to win the selection that year with his song “I Want Your Love”. It is unsure at this stage whether or not Mihai will be still able to enter the national selection given his strong ties to the country.
It is also unsure whether last year’s entrant, Lidia Isac, will enter the national final once again for Moldova, given that she tried to earlier this month represent Switzerland with song “The Life Beyond” a duet with Daniele Guastella, however they didn’t make it past the Live Check round of the national selection.
Lidia Isac represented Moldova at Eurovision in 2016 after many attempts in the national selection over the years, with her song “Falling Stars” which failed to qualify for the Grand Final, making it three years in a row that the country failed to make it out of the semi finals at Eurovision.
Source : TRM