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 marks 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.


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 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

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, to be held on 10 May 2022, and is 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]

At the end of the show, Moldova was announced as a qualifier for the final.


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