Moldova: TRM responds to Valeria Pasha’s accusations

Moldovan public television TRM responded to Valeria Pasha’s accusations regarding the results of Etapa Națională, which put her in second place, even though she tied with Natalia Barbu, having won the televote.

TRM has confirmed that the winner of Etapa Națională and representative of Moldova in Eurovision 2024 is Natalia Barbu, despite Valeria Pasha challenging the result.

Valeria Pasha, who performed ‘Anti-Princess’ in the final, won the televote with 4771 votes – almost double that of Natalia Barbu, who came second in the public vote. However, Barbu’s song “In The Middle” won the most points from the jury, with Pasha coming second in this vote.

As a consequence of the above, they tied for first place with 22 points. While in most national finals in the event of a tie, what is done in Eurovision is followed – i.e. the public’s preference prevails, TRM decided to give the first word to the jury, thus giving the victory and representation to Natalia Barbu.

In its relevant announcement, TRM explains how the result in Etapa Națională was achieved:

“Teleradio Moldova” company mentions that in accordance with the regulations of the European Union for Radio and Television, each country is de facto represented by the public broadcaster and it is up to the exclusive discretion of the broadcaster to determine who will represent their country at the Eurovision contest and how to organize the selection .

The Regulation regarding the conduct of the national selection and the appointment of the representative was approved, it was brought to the attention of all competitors registered for the contest.

According to the provisions of the document, by registering for the competition, the contestants confirm that they agree with all the provisions of this regulation and all the conditions established by the Organizing Committee.

Following the voting procedure, the performer Natalia Barbu accumulated 12 points from the professional jury and 10 points from the viewers.

For her part, the performer Valeria Pasha obtained 10 points from the jury and 12 points from the viewers.

After establishing that both artists had accumulated the same score, the Organizing Committee made the decision, in an extraordinary meeting, to designate as the winner the contestant who obtained the highest score from the professional jury.

The decision was adopted according to the Regulation which provides that at any stage of the contest, “Teleradio-Moldova” has the right to decide whether it will organize and conduct the next stage and/or whether it will otherwise designate the representative of the Republic of Moldova at Eurovision.

The organizing committee points out that there were reasonable suspicions from the very beginning regarding televoting, as there were in previous years notifications, including public ones, from some competitors involved in the contest, about attempts to falsify this procedure.

Since last year, “Teleradio-Moldova” has created, with the help of some of its partners, a software dedicated to the Eurovision contest, so that votes can be verified.

The company verified, through its experts and specific procedures, the validity of the numbers from which Valeria Pasha received votes and found that approximately 950 votes came from phone numbers that are currently invalid.

Moreover, a certain number of votes came from 48 countries, including exotic ones – Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Indonesia or Vietnam, probably using the VPN program.

Moldova participates in the second half of the first semi-final with Natalia Barbu and the song In The Middle. Natalia Barbu returns to the competition stage, 17 years after her previous participation, when with the song Fight she brought her country to tenth place.

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Μoldova: Eurovisionfun Reacts to Eurovision 2024 Entry “In the middle”!

Etapa Națională, the Moldovan selection format for Eurovision 2024, was concluded with Natalia Barbu being crowned  the winner with her song “In the middle” and therefore the country’s representative in Malmö.

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The Eurovisionfun team once again watched and reacted to the live performance of the country’s entry for the upcoming Eurovision contest! Enjoy Spyros, Apostolis and Christos in a Reaction video with detailed commentary on Moldova’s participation in Eurovision 2024!

Do you like Moldova’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? Tell us in the comments below!

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Moldova: Valeria Pasha disputes the results of Etapa Națională 2024!

Just a few hours ago Etapa Națională, the Moldovan selection format for Eurovision 2024, was concluded. Following the voting of a national jury along with the public voting, Natalia Barbu was declared the winner with her song “In the middle” and therefore the country’s representative in Malmö.

However, Natalia Barbu’s win was the result of a tie-break. Natalia Barbu and Valeria Pasha tied on the first place, both with a total of 22 points. Pasha won the public’s vote, with receiving almost double the votes in comparison with Barbu who finished in the second place, while Barbu won the jury voting. It was up to the jury to break the tie, which gave the win to Natalia Barbu.

However, Valeria Pasha, the runner-up, as she states on a video posted on her Instagram account, disputes the results of tonight’s selection and has appealed the results of Etapa Națională 2024.

According to Valeria Pasha’s post:

Thank you for your support, I have thousands of messages and shares. 4771 votes – every vote counted for me! But unfortunately, with the score being tied 22/22 – the organisers have decided not to consider your votes and opinion.

We are not trying to blame Natalia Barbu’s team, but we want transparency.

Together with the team, we decided that we will fight for the support provided by you. For each of the 4771 votes. That’s why we’ll contest and bet on your support.

 

Valeria Pasha’s claim has nothing to do with Natalia Barbu personally but wants to ensure the transparency of the process, as the public’s opinion was not considered on the final result.

It is true that there was no information that the jury’s opinion would serve as the tie-breaker on such an occasion.

Anyway, the winner of tonight’s selection was Natalia Barbu with her entry “In the middle“. Barbu will return to the Eurovision stage for the second time, seventeen years following her first participation in Helsinki with “Fight”.

We remind you that Moldova is allocated to perform on the second half of the first semi-final on May 7.

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Moldova: Natalia Barbu with the song “In The Middle” will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö!

The Moldovan National Selection “Etapa Națională”, the purpose of which is to select the Moldovan song for Eurovision, took place today. During the show we’ve seen eleven acts perform their consecutive songs they had written specifically for Eurovision Song Contest. Among the contestants, we have happened to see one returnee, who is known for performing one of the best Moldovan songs throughout the country’s participation.

This was the running order for the National Selection.

  1. Nicoleta Sava – “Bravo”
  2. Valeria Pasha – “Anti-Princess”
  3. Reghina Alexandrina – “Contrasens”
  4. Viola Julea – “Light Up!”
  5. O L – “No Time No Space”
  6. Sasha Letty – “DNA”
  7. Natalia Barbu – “In The Middle”
  8. Y-Limit – “REVOLUTION”
  9. Catalina Solomac – “Fever”
  10. Victor Gulick – “Fever”
  11. Iulia Teleuca “Runaway”

Previously, Natalia Barbu represented the country in 2007 with the song called “Fight”, which placed 14th in the Grand Final and is loved among the fans of Eurovision

 

Natalia Barbu was favoured by jury securing a landslide and receiving the highest marks from every juror, followed by Valeria Pasha with the song “Anti-Princess”. On the other hand, Valeria Pasha won the televoting, while Natalia Barbu came only second. Since initially jury has the tiebreaker, Natalia Barbu won Etapa Nationala, meaning that she will be representing Moldova at Eurovision Song Contest 2024 with the song “In The Middle”!

 

Stay tuned to EurovisionFun regarding all the developments concerning the Moldovan entry at the Eurovision Song Contest!

Moldova: Today marks the final of Etapa Națională 2024!

The process to select Moldova’s representative for Eurovision 2024 concludes today. The Eastern European country will hold a national final for the third consecutive year to choose the artist who will compete in Malmo, with the grand final of Etapa Națională 2024 set to take place in just a few hours from now.

Participants

Eleven artists will compete in the grand final of Etapa Națională 2024, including:

  1. Nicoleta Sava – “Bravo”
  2. Valeria Pasha – “Anti-Princess”
  3. Reghina Alexandrina – “Contrasens”
  4. Viola Julea – “Light up!”
  5. OL – “No Time No Space”
  6. Sasha Letty – “DNA”
  7. Natalia Barbu – “In the middle”
  8. Y-Limit“REVOLUTION”
  9. Cătălina Solomac – “Fever”
  10. Victor Gulick – “Fever”
  11. Iulia Teleucă – “Runaway”

Among the 11 artists, there are familiar names, such as Natalia Barbu, Moldova’s representative at Eurovision 2007 with the song “Fight.”

Final Outcome

The grand winner of the Moldovan national final and representative of the Eastern European country will be determined through a combination of public voting and jury deliberation. The Moldovan audience and the competent jury will each contribute 50% to the final outcome.

Guests

Naturally, the grand final of Etapa Națională 2024 will feature some special guests who will add their unique touch to the evening.

The Moldovan National Final will feature the legendary Romanian band HOLOGRAF. Holograf is one of the most famous and long-standing bands in the Romanian music scene. With hits like “Să nu-mi iei niciodată dragostea” and “Primăvara începe cu tine,” the band has captured the hearts of millions of fans.

The hosts of Etapa Națională 2024 will be Ion Jalbă and Doina Stimpovschii.

The grand final of the Moldovan national selection will begin at 18:00 CET and can be watched on the Moldovan public television’s YouTube channel by clicking HERE.

The winner of last year’s Etapa Națională and Moldova’s representative at Eurovision 2023 was Pasha Parfeni with the song “Soarele și luna,” who finished in the eighteenth position in the rankings.

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Moldova: These are the guest artists of “Etapa națională 2024!”

Just a few hours ago, the national broadcaster of Moldova, TRM, announced the guest artists who are going to be present at the national final of Etapa națională 2024, on Saturday the 17th of February.

At the national final, which is going to take place on this week’s Saturday, the legendary Romanian group HOLOGRAF, is going to be the main guest artist. Some of the most well known songs of the group are “Să nu-mi iei niciodată dragostea” and “Primăvara începe cu tine”. The members of HOLOGRAF have already promised to share a magnificent moment with the audience and the viewers of the show!

So, until the upcoming February’s Saturday, let’s remember all of the eleven (11) entries that are going to “battle” for a possible opportunity to represent Moldova in Eurovision Song Contest 2024:

  1. Nicoleta Sava – “Bravo”
  2. Valeria Pasha – “Anti-Princess”
  3. Reghina Alexandrina – “Contrasens”
  4. Viola Julea – “Light up!”
  5. OL – “No Time No Space”
  6. Sasha Letty – “DNA”
  7. Natalia Barbu – “In the middle”
  8. Y-Limit – “REVOLUTION”
  9. Cătălina Solomac – “Fever”
  10. Victor Gulick – “Fever”
  11. Iulia Teleucă – “Runaway”

Until then, take a look of Moldova’s entry in Eurovision 2023 with Pasha Parfeni singing “Soarele şi Luna” at the Grand Final:

Source: TRM

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for even more news regarding Moldova’s participation in Eurovision Song Contest 2024!

Eurovision 2024: The Semi-Final Allocation Draw Results!

Malmö with a very nice event hosted a few minutes ago the draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

The analyzes of the fans and not only, have been on fire for a few minutes now. Since the theories based on the pre-history of the countries in the competition, it is a first insight into how passable the qualification to the final is or not. In other words, it’s time to make our predictions, about who will go through to the final and who are the favorites to say goodbye to Malmö early…

The presenters and the handover ceremony

Presenters of the Eurovision 2024 semi-final draw were Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was also the presenter of the corresponding draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time. Both of them are part of the SVT staff, being some of the most beloved faces of the Swedish state broadcaster.

During the draw, the ceremony of handing over and accepting the emblem of the contest took place. The mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, formally handed over the “keys to the event” to the mayor of Malmö, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh.

Draw Procedure

Big 5 and Sweden

With the big winner of last year’s competition, Sweden, directly in the final, along with the Big 5 (UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain), the first part of the draw determined the semi-final that the direct finalists would vote for.

Will vote in the 1st Semi-Final:

  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany

Will vote in the 2nd Semi-Final:

  • Spain
  • Italy
  • France

In the semi-final that the six aforementioned countries were drawn to broadcast and vote for, the video from their dress rehearsal will also be shown. This was done at Eurovision 2016 for the first time, for reasons of equal exposure of the countries directly in the final and the countries that qualify from the semi-finals. Essentially, viewers see each entry twice during the shows.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw

The allocation draw for the two semi-finals had two parts. In the first part the 31 countries participating in the semi-finals were drawn in which of the two they will compete in. Fifteen countries will compete in the first semi-final and sixteen in the second semi-final.

In the second part, each country learned whether it will appear in the first or second half of the semi-final in which it will compete. The exact order of appearance will be determined by the EBU and the show’s producers at a later date.

1st Semi-final (May 7):

1st Half

  • Ukraine
  • Cyprus
  • Poland
  • Serbia
  • Lithuania
  • Croatia
  • Ireland

2nd Half

  • Slovenia
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Portugal
  • Luxembourg
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Moldova

2nd Semi-Final (May 9):

1st Half

  • Austria
  • Malta
  • Switzerland
  • Greece
  • Czechia
  • Albania
  • Denmark
  • Armenia

2nd Half

  • Israel
  • Estonia
  • Georgia
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Latvia
  • San Marino
  • Belgium

Malmö will host the 68th Eurovision Song Contest from 7 to 11 May at the Malmö Arena. The motto of this year’s event, as chosen by the organisers, is “United by Music“, retaining the motto first chosen for last year’s contest in Liverpool.

You can see the draw again through the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_-2hMEq5sk

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Eurovision 2024: Tonight the Allocation Draw!

At 19:00 CET and live from Malmö, Sweden, the draw for the Eurovision 2024 semi-finals will take place tonight.

During today’s event, there will also be a handover of the event’s banner from the city of Liverpool to the city of Malmö. For this reason, both the Mayor of Liverpool, Steven Rotheram, and the Mayor of the Swedish city, Katrin Stjernfeldt Jammeh, will be present at today’s draw.

The hosts

The hosts of tonight’s draw for the semi-finals of the 68th Eurovision Song Contest will be Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi. It is worth mentioning that Pernilla Månsson Colt was the presenter of the equivalent draw in 2013, eleven years ago when Malmö hosted the Eurovision Song Contest for the last time.

The draw procedure

The first part of the draw will determine which semi-final will be broadcast and voted for by each of the six countries that are directly in the final on 11 May (Sweden, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom).

The second part of the draw will determine which semi-final and which half the other 31 participating countries will compete in. As in recent years, the exact order of appearance will be determined by the event producers at a later date.

The 31 countries have been divided into five pots, based on historical voting patterns as calculated by Eurovision’s official voting partner, Digame.

Drawing countries from different pots aims to reduce the likelihood of so-called neighbour voting and increases the suspense in the semi-finals.

Pots

Pot 1
  • 🇦🇱 Albania
  • 🇦🇹 Austria
  • 🇨🇭 Switzerland
  • 🇭🇷 Croatia
  • 🇷🇸 Serbia
  • 🇸🇮 Slovenia
Pot 2
  • 🇦🇺 Australia
  • 🇩🇰 Denmark
  • 🇪🇪 Estonia
  • 🇫🇮 Finland
  • 🇮🇸 Iceland
  • 🇳🇴 Norway
Pot 3
  • 🇦🇲 Armenia
  • 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
  • 🇬🇪 Georgia
  • 🇮🇱 Israel
  • 🇱🇻 Latvia
  • 🇱🇹 Lithuania
  • 🇺🇦 Ukraine
Pot 4
  • 🇨🇾 Cyprus
  • 🇬🇷 Greece
  • 🇮🇪 Ireland
  • 🇲🇹 Malta
  • 🇵🇹 Portugal
  • 🇸🇲 San Marino
Pot 5
  • 🇧🇪 Belgium
  • 🇨🇿 Czechia
  • 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
  • 🇳🇱 Netherlands
  • 🇲🇩 Moldova
  • 🇵🇱 Poland

https://twitter.com/Eurovision/status/1751972070479565001

So in the evening, we all tune in for the draw of the semi-finals of our favourite contest. You can watch the draw on the official Eurovision channel on YouTube.

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Eurovision 2024: The Semi-final allocation pots!

The Semi-Final Allocation Draw 2024 will take place tomorrow Tuesday 30 January at 19:00 CET live from Malmo, alongside a ceremony which sees the Host City insignia pass from previous hosts Liverpool to Malmo.

The draw will be hosted by Pernilla Månsson Colt and Farah Abadi and fans will be able to watch on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

The Allocation Draw will determine whether countries participate in the First Semi-Final (Tuesday 7 May at 21:00 CEST) or the Second Semi-Final (Thursday 9 May at 21:00 CEST). Also randomly allocated is whether a country will perform in the first or second half of the Semi-Final they’ve drawn.

Semi-Final Allocation Draw: How does it work?

Sweden as the Host Country and reigning champion respectively, along with the other 6 members of the so-called ‘Big 6’ participating countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) do not compete in the Semi-Finals, but their domestic audiences do get to vote in one of them… so before the competing countries are allocated a place in a Semi-Final, it will be randomly determined which of the Semi-Finals the Big 6 will each be allowed to vote on.

The next part of the draw will determine in which Semi-Final and in which half of the respective Semi-Final the other 31 participating countries will perform in.

Semi-Final Allocation Pots 2024

Pot 1

Pot 2

Pot 3

  • Albania
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Croatia
  • Serbia
  • Slovenia
  • Denmark
  • Australia
  • Finland
  • Iceland
  • Norway
  • Estonia
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Georgia
  • Israel
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Ukraine

Pot 4

Pot 5

Pot 6

  • Cyprus
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Malta
  • Portugal
  • San Marino
  • Belgium
  • Czech Republic
  • Netherlands
  • Moldova
  • Poland
  • Luxembourg
  • France
  • Italy
  • Germany
  • Spain
  • United Kingdom
  • Sweden

 

Drawing countries from different pots helps to reduce the chance of so-called neighbourly voting and increases suspense in the Semi-Finals. You can get a good idea of how it will all work by watching the 2022 Allocation Draw on the official Eurovision YouTube channel.

The Eurovision Song Contest is due to take place on 7, 9 and 11 May 2024 in Malmo, Sweden, who won the Contest thanks to Loreen winning in 2023.

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Source: Eurovision.tv

Moldova: The detailed results of the auditions of Etapa Naţională 2024!

On Saturday, the live auditions of Etapa Naţională 2024, took palce in Moldova, in order o determine the artists that will take part in the national final for Eurovision 2024! Read more