O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017
Unlike previous years, when O Melodie Pentru Europa was a big event in Moldova, this year TRM, the state broadcaster, has decided to introduce a new format for the show. Due to the low interest of the artists and songwriters, which added up only to 38 in 2017, the national selection now includes only a semi-final and a final. The fourteen semi-finalists were announced on January 21, but since then 3 withdrew, paving the way for three other lucky participants. Sunstroke Project, who represented Moldova at Eurovision in 2010 are back and so is Valeria Pașa who tried to represent Moldova back in 2016
Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – Don't Lie
The song begins very dark and sombre, sending vibes of a rock/metal ballad. The verses lead up to the chorus, which is very powerful and explosive. The song is very powerful and it will go through to the final of Moldova’s national selection, but in my opinion, even if it wins O Melodie Pentru Europa, the song would still not break Moldova’s recent curse at Eurovision, as it will not qualify for the final. The verses are clicheic and repetitive and I feel like both of the guys scream at the microphone. The song is furthermore easily forgettable.
Emilia Russu – If Only You
Emilia’s song is a typical EuroBallad, beautifully crafted, with powerful lyrics, but very outdated. Emilia manages, however, to transmit her pain to the audience and her voice is flawless. The last chorus just never comes through though, making the whole thing fall entirely flat. If Only You would get lost in Kyiv among the other more powerful ballads, from countries such as the UK or Finland.
Sandy C – A Beautiful World
Sandy’s ballad is about a beautiful world, but the message Sandy tries to transmit seems to be very painful. Her voice isn’t as bright as Emilia’s but her song sounds more modern and the chorus has a better chance of coming through. However, it doesn’t evoke any special feelings in the listener, so I don’t think that Sandy’s ballad will have the chance of winning O Melodie Pentru Europa.
Valeria Pașa - Freedom
I don’t know if Valeria’s song is suited both for Eurovision or Junior Eurovision. Freedom is one of those clicheic children songs about freedom, about the power and the ability to do everything: the world is at your feet, so you can do anything you want or go anywhere you like. But Valeria is clearly not going to Eurovision with this song.
Valentina Nejel & Sergiu Punga – Ne-a fost iubirea un joc
This is one of the few songs in Moldova’s selections that are in Romanian (Ne-a fost iubirea un joc = Our Love was a Game), but I don’t know if this will make it through to the final. I mean, the song is not bad, but the lyrics are really bland. This type of music was trending in Romania during the 1990s, so it’s clear that Moldova still has to catch up with the rest of us. It’s completely awful, especially for 2017. For what it’s worth, Valentina withdrew, so Sergiu will be the only one singing the song. Oh, and her voice was the only thing making their entry bearable. Well, maybe next year.
Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – Discover Moldova
Moldova’s calling! Now this is what I am talking about. It’s the perfect entry for Eurovision, even though the song may seem for some listeners pretty lame. The melody and the lyrics combine the traditional Romanian/Moldavian folklore with modern/contemporary aspects of pop music. Maybe this song won’t break Moldova’s curse, as it is pretty repetitive, but it’s fun and calls for a party. I think it would go down a storm with the Eurovision audience. This is the spirit Moldova!
Marks & Stefanet – Join Us in the Rain
The title takes me back to 2014 and Ruth Lorenzo, but this song can’t even be compared with Ruth’s masterpiece. This song sounds like the perfect song for a bottled water commercial. The song is very dull and boring. It doesn’t have the Eurovision spark. Moreover, their voices don’t quite work together and the studio version is not the best. And we all know how the live versions of the songs sound like in Moldova…
Aurel Chirtoacă – Dor de mamă
Oh my god… I really don't know if Aurel's song is supposed ti be a joke or not. It doesn't even sound like a song from 1980. I mean, I know that folk music is a big plus at Eurovision, but this is the perfect example of what songs not to send to Eurovision. I feel that not even my grandparents would listen to this. It's completely horrible.
Big Flash Sound – Logic
The song "Logic" by Big Flash sound is quite an earworm. After I listened to it the very first time it got stuck in my head and I sang it all day long. The song is a combination of rock, pop and electronic music which may do well with the Eurovision audience. The only drawback is that only the chorus is powerful, while the verses are pretty plain. I like the song but I feel it needs a revamp.
Substroke Project – Hey Mamma
Look who's back! After their epic moment at Eurovision 2010 with their "Epic Sax Guy", Sunstroke Project are back. Sunstroke's song "Hey Mamma" is one of the best songs this year. I loved their track back in 2010 and I love this one now, too. I really think they could do Well in Kyiv and finally qualify in the Grand Final again. Both, the song and the singer have such a positive vibe. This song sounds contemporary and could do well on the radio, but we'll have to see if the Eurovision fans think the same.
Diana Brescan – Breath
Diana Brescan's "Breathe" started very good but the chorus fails to impress me and simply falls flat. The verses build up very powerful and one expects an even more powerful chorus, but sadly this isn't the case. She is a very good vocalist but her song doesn't show her true talent. It's just boring and forgettable.
Nadia Moșneagu – Never Give Up On Us
Another amazing song is from Nadia Moșneagu. "Never Give Up On Us" almost gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it. It sounds a little bit familiar, as it is a typical Eurovision ballad. The lyrics are powerful and Nadia's vocal range is just amazing. This is another song that could do well in O Melodie Pentru Europa, but we have to see what the Moldavian audience decides tonight and on Sunday night.
Samir Loghin – Glow
I can't really concentrate on the song "Glow" from Samir Loghin because of his bad English accent. The song is good and it's very different from the other ones in the contest. It is very modern and it might connect with a large audience, but he should try and sing in Romanian or even Russian otherwise it makes quite a bad impression.
THE ONE – Dance
THE ONE's song is very plain, boring and forgettable. We've had these kind of songs at Eurovision during the 2000s and I feel that Moldova should match its music to 2017. The song itself is not bad, but is very forgettable. Especially for the closing act.
Even though O Melodie Pentru Europa 2017 is weaker than last year's, let's hope they choose the best. The show started at 18:35 CET on trm.md. 8 songs qualified for tonight's final, which starts at the same time. Here we go!
The running order for the final is as follows:
Sunstroke Project – Hey Mamma
Ethno Republic & Surorile Osoianu – Discover Moldova
Diana Brescan – Breathe
Aurel Chirtoacă – Dor de mama
Marks & Stefanet – Join Us In The Rain
Samir Loghin – Glow
Valeria Pașa – Freedom
Vozniuc feat. Vio Grecu – Don’t Lie
The winner will be determined by the standard 50% jury, 50% televote split. In case of a tie, it will be broken by the ranking decided by the youngest member of the jury. Oh man, I would like to see that happen.
So, who do you think will win? Will Sunstroke Project take the prize or is Moldova going for a more traditional entry this year?