The Moldovan National Final (O Melodie pentru Europa) will take place on Saturday, 29 February at 6pm WIM (link to follow). 36 acts were received during the submission period by the broadcaster, and all performed televised live auditions in front of a jury. From these, 20 finalists were chosen, listed below in running order (links from the live audition performances): 1. Denis Midone - Like a Champion 2. Natalia Gordienko - Prison 3. Geta Burlacu - Răspunde! [Pick Up!] 4. Viorela Moraru - Remedy 5. Valentin Uzun & Irina Kovalsky - Moldovița [diminutive for Moldova] 6. Lavinia Rusu - Touch 7. Dima Jelezoglo - Do It Slow 8. Diana Rotaru - Dale Dale [Hit It, Hit It, in Spanish] 9. Pasha Parfeny - My Wine 10. Live Beat - Love Me Now 11. Valeria Pașa - It’s Time 12. Maria Ciolac - Our Home 13. Sasha Letty - Summer of Love 14. Irina Kit - Chain Reaction 15. Petronela Donciu & Andreea Portărescu - We Will Be Legends 16. LANJERON - Hi Five 17. Julia Ilienko feat. Mishel Dar - Tears 18. Catarina Sandu - Die for You 19. Alexandru Cibotaru - Cine Te-A Făcut Să Plîngi [Who Made You Cry] 20. Maxim Zavidia - Take Control The winner of the final, and of the ticket to represent Moldova in Rotterdam, will be selected by a combination of expert jury and televote. You will have spotted, among many returnees from previous Moldovan National Finals, no less than three past ESC representatives for the country: Natalia Gordienko (2006), Geta Burlacu (2008), and Pasha Parfeny (2012). Denis Midone represented Moldova in JESC 2012. Given that Natalia Gordienko's song has both Dimitris Kontopoulos AND Philipp Kirkorov in its writing team, I have little doubt this will do well. How well, remains to be seen, since Moldovița seems to be a fan favourite. Mystifyingly, some people also like Dale Dale. It's not all completely atrocious - but most songs truly are Many of them still don't manage to escape the amateurish vibe we are already used to in Moldova, and many are very dated and rather basic, complete with bad singing and a few proper F ROWs. I wouldn't know myself what I am rooting for. I'm too biased against Moldovița as the lyrics are next level cringe. Natalia Gordienko's song is not horrid, but it's just another one of those generic ballads. I thought Denis Midone and Maxim Zavidia had half-palatable songs (in the field).