Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022

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Eurovision Song Contest 2022
Country Moldova
National selection
Selection processInternal selection
Selection date(s)29 January 2022
Selected entrantZdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers
Selected song"Trenulețul"
Selected songwriter(s)
  • Andrei Cebotari
  • Victor Dandeș
  • Mihai Gîncu
  • Roman Iagupov
  • Valeriu Mazîlu
  • Sveatoslav Staruș
  • Vasile Advahov
  • Vitalie Advahov
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (8th, 154 points)
Final result7th, 253 points
Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2021 2022

Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy with the song "Trenulețul", performed by the band Zdob și Zdub and the Advahov Brothers. This marked the third time the former represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest, having previously done so in 2005 and 2011.

The Moldovan broadcaster TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM) had originally planned to organise the national final Selecția Națională 2022 in order to select the Moldovan entry for the 2022 contest. However, in January 2022, TRM decided to internally select it instead by having the competing acts audition in front of a jury panel, and "Trenulețul" emerged as the contest entry.

Moldova was drawn to compete in the first semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest which took place on 10 May 2022. Performing during the show in position 9, "Trenulețul" was announced among the top 10 entries of the first semi-final and hence qualified to compete in the final. In the final, Moldova placed 7th with 253 points along with 2nd highest televotes of 239 points. It was later revealed that the country placed 8th in the semi-final with 154 points.

Background

Prior to the 2022 contest, Moldova had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest sixteen 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: in 2005 where "Boonika bate toba" performed by Zdob și Zdub placed sixth, in 2007 where "Fight" performed by Natalia Barbu placed tenth, and in 2018 where "My Lucky Day" performed by DoReDoS also placed tenth. In the 2021 contest, "Sugar" performed by Natalia Gordienko qualified Moldova to compete in the final and placed thirteenth.

For the 2022 Contest, the Moldovan national broadcaster, TeleRadio-Moldova (TRM), broadcast the event within Moldova and organised the selection process for the nation's entry. TRM confirmed their intentions to participate at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest on 20 October 2021.[2] Moldova has selected their entry via a national selection show between 2008 and 2020, while their entry in 2021 was selected via an internal selection. The internal selection procedure was continued for their 2022 participation following the cancellation of a planned national selection due to COVID-19 restrictions.[3]

Before Eurovision

Internal selection

Artists and composers had the opportunity to submit their entries between 20 December 2021 and 24 January 2022.[4] An international act was allowed to compete only if they were part of a duo or group where 50% of the lead vocalists were of Moldovan nationality. Songwriters could hold any nationality. Artists could submit more than one song.[5] At the conclusion of the submission deadline, 29 valid entries were received by the broadcaster,[6] with Misscatylove's "Intro" originally being included in but shortly after removed from the longlist.[7] Among the competing artists were 2005 and 2011 Moldovan Eurovision entrant Zdob și Zdub and 2012 Moldovan Junior Eurovision entrant Denis Midone.[8]

The live audition round took place on 29 January 2022 at TRM Studio 2 in Chișinău and was broadcast on Moldova 1, Moldova 2 and Radio Moldova as well as online via trm.md and via TRM's Facebook and YouTube pages. The votes of an expert jury selected "Trenulețul" performed by Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov as the Moldovan entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.[3][9] Entries were assessed on criteria such as voice quality and strength of the composition.[10] The jury panel that evaluated the songs consisted of Geta Burlacu (singer, 2008 Moldovan Eurovision entrant), Vali Boghean (singer-songwriter), Cristina Scarlat (singer, 2014 Moldovan Eurovision entrant), Victoria Cușnir (journalist) and Aliona Moon (singer, 2013 Moldovan Eurovision entrant).[11]

Results of the internal selection – 29 January 2022
Draw Artist Song Songwriter(s) Place
1 Y-Limit "Nothing More" Roman Lupu
2 Katy Rain "Lele" Ecaterina Tostogan-Condrea
3 Zdob și Zdub and Frații Advahov "Trenulețul" Andrei Cebotari, Victor Dandeș, Mihai Gîncu, Roman Iagupov, Valeriu Mazîlu, Sveatoslav Staruș, Vasile Advahov, Vitalie Advahov 1
4 Marcela Scripcaru "Starlight" Aaron Sibley, Nikos Sofis
5 Naminal "Stop Tonight" Vadim Luchin, Timofei Tregubenco, Marcel Ștefăneț, Ghenadie Cubasov
6 Dianna Rotaru "My Time Is Now" Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Rickard Bonde Truumeel
7 The Tramps "Sky Blues" Ruth Mussie, Jerusalem Yemane, Irena Krsteva, Kian Fakhary
8 Trio Eva "Get a Kiss" Mădălina Țurcan, Michael Ra
9 Denis Midone "Run Away" Denis Midone, Olga Fesenco
10 Sasha Bognibov "(I Just Had) Sex with Your Ex" Jacob Jonia
11 Annet Smirnova "Toxic Eyes" Mădălina Țurcan, Michael Ra 4
12 Ricky Ardezianu "Cherchez la femme" Ion Istrati, Tatiana Postolache
13 Tudor Bumbac "Iartă-mă că te iubesc" Tudor Bumbac
14 Lemonique "Boys" Michael Ra, Sergiu Ionaș, Mary Vegga, Fox Banger 3
15 Carolina Gorun and Danieli Shvets "Take Me Anywhere" Ylva Persson, Linda Persson, Rickard Bonde Truumeel
16 Mihaela Andrei "Libre" Paul Gamurari, Anatolie Vornicescu
17 Maxim Zavidia "Ready" Pasha Rudenko, Arina Berezhnaya, Alexey Streltsov, Nikos Sofis 4
18 Emilia Russu "Yama" Emilia Russu 5
19 Lanjeron "Magic Carpet" Serghei Forman, Ana Colesnicov 5
20 Pelageya Stefoglo "I'm the Only One" Yuliya Ogiokhyna
21 Sendrei "Beginner's Luck" Elviss Pētersons, Elad Lahmany
22 Viola Julea "Before (Twin Flame)" Ylva Persson, Linda Persson
23 Angel Kiss "The Sunshine in Me" Jacob Jonia
24 Valeria Barbas "My Tree" Valeria Barbas, Frank Schulte
25 Diana Elmas "Spirit High" Jacob Jonia
26 Ana Cernicova "Silent Battlefield" Þórhallur Halldórsson, Nikos Sofis 2
27 Ferum "Love Is" Dmitrii Jelezoglo 6
28 Viorela Moraru "Tell Me That You Love Me" Eugen Doibani, Radmila Popovici-Paraschiv
Sasha Bognibov[a] "My Friend Is Gay" Sasha Bognibov
  1. ^ Due to undisclosed reasons, Sasha Bognibov only performed one of his two selected songs.

At Eurovision

The city of Urbino in the Province of Marche was the location of Zdob și Zdub and the Advahov Brothers' postcard.
A video postcard introduced the Moldovan performance in the first semi-final and final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The postcard was filmed in the Italian city of Urbino
and featured virtual projections of Zdob și Zdub and the Advahov Brothers across the location.

According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big Five" (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 25 January 2022, an 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 first semi-final, which was held on 10 May 2022, and was scheduled to perform in the first half of the show.[12]

Once all the competing songs for the 2022 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 9, following the entry from the Netherlands and before the entry from Portugal.[13] Immediately after the close of the first semi-final, a press conference was held in which each of the artists drew the half of the final of which they would perform in. Moldova was drawn into the second half of the final and was later selected by the EBU to perform in position number 19, following the entry from Iceland and before the entry from Sweden.

In the Netherlands, all shows were broadcast on Moldova 1 and Radio Moldova, with commentary by Ion Jalbă and Daniela Crudu.[14] The Moldovan spokesperson, who announced the top 12-point score awarded by the Moldovan jury during the final, was Elena Băncilă.

Semi-final

Zdob și Zdub and Advahov Brothers took part in technical rehearsals on 30 April and 4 May, followed by dress rehearsals on 9 and 10 May. This included the jury show on 9 May where the professional juries of each country watched and voted on the competing entries.

The Moldovan performance remained representative of Moldovan culture with intricate ethnic patterns projected across the arena, with the band dressed in quirky clothing that accentuated the funky values of the song. The Moldovan performance made use of both the main stage and the secondary stage with LED light and strobe effects throughout.[15]

At the end of the show, Moldova was announced as having finished in the top 10 and subsequently qualifying for the grand final. This marked the second consecutive qualification to the final for Moldova. It was later revealed that Zdob și Zdub and the Advahov Brothers placed eighth in the semi-final, receiving a total of 154 points: 135 points from the televoting and 19 points from the juries.

Final

Shortly after the first semi-final, a winners' press conference was held for the ten qualifying countries. As part of this press conference, the qualifying artists took part in a draw to determine which half of the grand final they would subsequently participate in. This draw was done in the order the countries appeared in the semi-final running order. Moldova was drawn to compete in the second half. Following this draw, the shows' producers decided upon the running order of the final, as they had done for the semi-finals. Moldova was subsequently placed to perform in position 19, following the entry from Iceland and before the entry from Sweden.

Zdob și Zdub and the Advahov Brothers once again took part in dress rehearsals on 13 and 14 May before the final, including the jury final where the professional juries cast their final votes before the live show. They performed a repeat of their semi-final performance during the final on 14 May. Moldova placed seventh in the final, scoring 253 points: 239 points from the televoting and 14 points from the juries.

Voting

Below is a breakdown of points awarded to Moldova during the first semi-final and final. 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.[16] The exact composition of the professional jury, and the results of each country's jury and televoting were released after the final; the individual results from each jury member were also released in an anonymised form.[17][18] The Moldovan jury consisted of Adriano Marian, Cristina Scarlat, who represented Moldova in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014, Ilona Stepanov, Natan, and Radmila Popovici.[17][18] In the first semi-final, Moldova finished in eighth place out of seventeen entries, marking Moldova's second consecutive qualification to the grand final. The final of the contest saw Moldova receive twelve points from {{esccnty|Romania|y=2022|t=Romania} and Serbia in public televoting. Over the course of the contest, Moldova awarded its 12 points to Ukraine in both the jury and televote in the first semi-final and the final.[19][20]

Points awarded to Moldova

Points awarded by Moldova

Detailed voting results

The following members comprised the Moldovan jury:[17][18]

Detailed voting results from Moldova (Semi-final 1)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Albania 16 16 16 9 15 15 16
02  Latvia 6 10 4 10 3 7 4 14
03  Lithuania 10 15 12 13 8 11 5 6
04   Switzerland 2 2 2 5 1 2 10 15
05  Slovenia 11 11 9 11 13 10 1 13
06  Ukraine 1 1 1 1 2 1 12 1 12
07  Bulgaria 14 9 15 12 14 13 6 5
08  Netherlands 12 8 10 7 6 9 2 3 8
09  Moldova
10  Portugal 5 6 3 8 5 6 5 7 4
11  Croatia 15 12 13 14 10 14 11
12  Denmark 8 13 11 15 12 12 8 3
13  Austria 13 14 14 16 16 16 9 2
14  Iceland 9 7 8 6 11 8 3 12
15  Greece 3 3 6 2 9 3 8 10 1
16  Norway 4 5 7 4 4 4 7 2 10
17  Armenia 7 4 5 3 7 5 6 4 7
Detailed voting results from Moldova (Final)
Draw Country Jury Televote
Juror 1 Juror 2 Juror 3 Juror 4 Juror 5 Average Rank Points Rank Points
01  Czech Republic 20 20 20 21 20 21 21
02  Romania 12 10 10 17 10 12 2 10
03  Portugal 10 8 12 9 9 9 2 11
04  Finland 9 23 13 23 17 15 15
05   Switzerland 6 4 5 8 3 4 7 20
06  France 19 24 24 24 24 24 9 2
07  Norway 8 6 16 14 15 11 5 6
08  Armenia 15 13 14 15 14 14 13
09  Italy 18 19 18 10 18 18 18
10  Spain 7 7 15 7 7 8 3 3 8
11  Netherlands 13 14 9 11 12 13 14
12  Ukraine 1 1 1 2 1 1 12 1 12
13  Germany 11 21 17 20 19 19 16
14  Lithuania 23 12 21 19 16 20 7 4
15  Azerbaijan 14 11 8 13 6 10 1 19
16  Belgium 4 9 4 6 11 7 4 10 1
17  Greece 17 15 11 16 21 16 17
18  Iceland 21 22 22 18 22 22 24
19  Moldova
20  Sweden 2 5 3 4 5 3 8 6 5
21  Australia 16 2 7 3 8 5 6 23
22  United Kingdom 3 3 2 1 2 2 10 8 3
23  Poland 22 16 19 12 13 17 22
24  Serbia 24 17 23 22 23 23 12
25  Estonia 5 18 6 5 4 6 5 4 7

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