Live: O Melodie Pentru Europa

This week is the final week of National Selection season, and with it comes Moldova’s selection show O Melodie Pentru Europa. The first semi final will take place tonight with 12 artists performing and competing for a place in the final on Saturday.

Of the initial 40 competing songs which took part in the live audition round on the 1st of February, 24 will be competing in the two semifinals: 12 artists will sing tonight and 12 will sing on Thursday night. Tonight’s semifinal line up is :

1 – Boris Covali – Perfect Day
2 – FLUX LIGHT – Never Stop No
3 – Alina Sorochina – Ascultă-mă tăcere  
4 – Vlad Ray – Freedom
5 – Felicia Dunaf – The Way I Do
6 – Doinița Gherman – Energy  
7 – Anna Cernicova – Dragostea divină
8 – Diana Brescan – Hallelujah
9 – Tatiana Heghea – I’m Yours
10 – Rodica Olișevschi – Without You
11 – Paralela 47 – Fragmente
12 – Carolina Gorun – Turn The Tide

The show will be broadcast live here and we’ll have our liveblog up and running for 1900CET for all of the action plus the results from tonight’s semifinal.

We’re off! The show starts with a Moldovan ballet performance set to traditional Moldovan violin music with a modern edge, quite the spectacle! Our hosts then introduce the artists and the voting procedure before opening the lines and it’s on with the show.

First up is Boris Covali with the song Perfect Day. The song is entirely in English, performed by Boris, three violinists and a pianist all dressed in white. There’s a smoke machine and a dark backdrop, it’s quite an uplifting positive and empowering song. Not the catchiest song but the audience love him.

Next on stage is FLUX LIGHT with Never stop No. Another song performed entirely in English, she’s a diva. It’s technopop music in a futuristic style. She’s dressed in all black with four dancers, it’s a very catchy pop song and she has quite a big voice, she pulls it off very well.

Alina Sorochina is the third artist on stage with the song Ascultă-mă tăcere. The first song to be sung in Romanian, it’s a slow and mellow song. It can almost be described as jazz and blues influenced. She is dressed in a peculiar looking white dress and joined on stage by a pianist and three backing vocalists.

The fourth act is Vlad Ray with the song Freedom. It’s a powerful rock-inspired mid-tempo song, he is wearing a red leather floor length hood and joined by four backing vocalists and a female contemporary dancer wearing a white dress. On a backdrop of flames, the theme of the song is “fighting for a reason”. Slightly reminiscent of Moldova’s 2007 Eurovision entry Fight by Natalia Barbu.

The fifth semifinalist is Felicia Dunaf with The Way I Do. It’s a jazzy showy song, I like it! Half way through it all goes a bit techno, catchy uptempo pop music. She is a very good singer and it’s a catchy song, she is joined on stage by two dancers and three backing vocalists. This could do well.

Doinița Gherman is next with the song Energy. She’s full of spirit and energy, despite the title of the song being English, it’s partly in Romanian. It’s very over the top. Her dress is huge and she’s joined by four dancers with sticks, the theme is a bit “natural” and “autumnal”, which doesn’t really go too well with the energy of the song, it’s a very catchy song though!

Anna Cernicova is next with the song Dragostea divină and it’s a ballad. It sounds like a Disney song! Performed in Romanian, she is joined by two contemporary dancers. Plenty of big operatic-sounding notes in this song, it’s quite dramatic.

Song number 8 is Hallelujah by Diana Brescan. More contemporary dancers, it’s an uplifting mid-tempo pop song about praise and thanks which is sung entirely in English. My only worry is that it’s instantly forgettable and a little bit dull.

Next to perform is Tatiana Heghea with the song I’m Yours. This is powerful, it starts small and grows into a big dance number. Her dress is WOW. She is dressed in a hugely over the top white dress with a furry white headpiece and joined on stage by four male dancers, it’s like a very messed up wedding. It’s a powerful and positive dance song.

Rodica Olișevschi performs Without You as song number 10. It’s quite dark and bleak, quite a sad song. Sung in English, it’s a mid tempo guitar song which is almost jazzy in it’s style. Rodica is joined on stage by one guitarist and one backing vocalist as she plays keyboard and sings, all of the performers are dressed in black, representative of the sad tone of the song.

Song number 11 is Fragmente by Paralela 47. It’s quite a typical rock song, there’s nothing about the performance or the song which is really stand out, I feel like this has been done before a million times. The band are very straight edge, not incredibly exciting.

Carolina Gorun is the last performer on stage with Turn the Tide and we’re ending with a big ballad. She is standing centre stage alone with four female backing vocalists to the side, dressed in a floor length black dress, there’s flames, bright lights and great energy. It’s a very positive and optimistic song with a key change at the end. A very powerful song to end the show.

A quick recap and some voting information before we reveal the results of tonight’s semifinal. Some interviews from the greenroom are shown and the lines are closed before the interval act is performed and now it’s time for the results.

Televoting The televoting public will award 1-8 points and then 10 and 12 for the songs with the most votes. The results are :

1 – Boris Covali – Perfect Day – 12 points
2 – FLUX LIGHT – Never Stop No – 5 points
3 – Alina Sorochina – Ascultă-mă tăcere
4 – Vlad Ray – Freedom – 3 points
5 – Felicia Dunaf – The Way I Do – 6 points
6 – Doinița Gherman – Energy – 8 points
7 – Anna Cernicova – Dragostea divină – 7 points
8 – Diana Brescan – Hallelujah – 4 points
9 – Tatiana Heghea – 
I’m Yours – 10 points
10 – Rodica Olișevschi – Without You
11 – Paralela 47 – Fragmente – 1 point
12 – Carolina Gorun – Turn The Tide – 2 points

Jury Voting: The jury will also add 1-8 points and then 10 and 12 for their favourite songs, these will be added onto the points from the public. The jury votes are:

1 – Boris Covali – Perfect Day – 12 points
2 – FLUX LIGHT – Never Stop No – 7 points
3 – Alina Sorochina – Ascultă-mă tăcere – 3 points
4 – Vlad Ray – Freedom – 2 points
5 – Felicia Dunaf – The Way I Do – 6 points
6 – Doinița Gherman – Energy – 4 points
7 – Anna Cernicova – Dragostea divină – 8 points
8 – Diana Brescan – Hallelujah – 10 points
9 – Tatiana Heghea – 
I’m Yours 
10 – Rodica Olișevschi – Without You
11 – Paralela 47 – Fragmente – 5 points
12 – Carolina Gorun – Turn The Tide – 1 point

These points together give the final result with the qualifying songs in bold:

1 – Boris Covali – Perfect Day – 24 points
2 – FLUX LIGHT – Never Stop No – 12 points
3 – Alina Sorochina – Ascultă-mă tăcere – 3 points
4 – Vlad Ray – Freedom – 5 points
5 – Felicia Dunaf – The Way I Do – 12 points
6 – Doinița Gherman – Energy – 12 points
7 – Anna Cernicova – Dragostea divină – 15 points
8 – Diana Brescan – Hallelujah – 14 points
9 – Tatiana Heghea – I’m Yours – 10 points
10 – Rodica Olisevschi – Without You – 0 points
11 – Paralela 47 – Fregmente – 5 points
12 – Carolina Gorun – Turn the Tide – 3 points

The seven finalists are then invited on stage to pick their running order for Saturday’s final. Thank you for sticking with us through the liveblog at ESCDaily.com, we’ll also have the liveblog from the second semifinal on Thursday night from 1900CET.