Moldova: Selecția Națională artists and songs revealed
Moldovan broadcaster Teleradio-Moldova (TRM) revealed the artists and released the songs participating in their national selection 'Selecția Națională 2022' (not to be confused with the Romanian national selection also named 'Selecția Națională').
Full versions of the songs can be found here on the Eurovision Moldova website.
29 entrants will be battling for the honour of representing the nation at the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin. Currently, Moldova's best result was claimed in 2017 with SunStroke Project's delightful number 'Hey, Mamma!'.
The full list of 29 artists and songs are:
Annet Smirnova - 'Toxic Eyes
Denis Midone - 'Run Away'
Dianna Rotaru - 'My Time Is Now'
Katy Rain - 'Lele'
Naminal - 'Stop Tonight'
Ricky Ardezianu - 'Cherche la femme'
Sasha Bognibov - 'My Friend is Gay'
Sasha Bognibov - '(I Just Had) Sex with Your Ex'
The Tramps - 'Sky Blues'
Trio Eva - 'Get a Kiss'
Y-Limit - 'Nothing More'
Tudor Bumbac - 'Iarta-ma ca te iubesc'
Carolina Gorun and Danieli Shvets - 'Take Me Anywhere'
Emilia Vlas - 'Yama'
Lemonique - 'Boys'
Marcela Scripcaru - 'Starlight'
Maxim Zavidia - 'Ready'
Mihaela Andrei - 'Libre'
Zdob și Zdub & Fratii Advahov - 'Trenulețul'
Lanjeron - 'Magic Carpet'
Pelageya Stefoglo - 'I'm the Only One'
Ana Cernicova - 'Silent Battlefield'
Angel Kiss - 'The Sunshine in Me'
Diana Elmas - 'Spirit High'
Ferum - 'Love Is'
Sendrei - 'Beginners Luck'
Valeria Barbas - 'My Tree'
Viola Julea - 'Before (Twin Flame)'
Viorela Moraru - 'Tell Me That You Love Me'
* Misscatylove with 'Intro' has subsequently withdrawn from the contest and has been removed from the official artist profiles in online promotions.
Dates and selection critera
The national selection will begin with the 29 songs being audited by a jury from 25-28 January. Entries deemed "suitable" will proceed to the live audition round held on 29 January.
The remaining entries will be assessed on a scale of 0 (worst) to 12 (best), taking in account criteria such as voice quality, stage presence and strength of the composition.
The jury panel then has the option to either internally select an entry, or select multiple entries which will proceed to a national final held on 5 March 2022, with the possibility of either holding a single-show national final or including a semi final.
Essentially - Moldova is working on the fly! We love this chaotic energy.