Moldova selected its Eurovision 2019 representative through the national final format of  O Melodie Pentru Europa.  A total of 10 contestants took part in the national final, during which  Anna Odobescu was crowned winner with her song με τ “Stay” and will represent Moldova in Tel Aviv this May.

A few words about Anna Odobescu

Anna Odobescu was born on November γεννήθηκε στις 3 Νοεμβρίου 1991 at the city of Dubasari on the left bank of the Dniester River in Moldova. Her artistic talent was obvious from her childhood years and after losing her father at a young age she found consolation in music. 

Anna graduated from the faculty of pop jazz vocal at the Transnistrian College of Music, named after Anton Rubinstein (Tiraspol), and the department of pop and jazz vocal at the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau. Her collaboration on stage with Jazz Orchestra named after Victor Zelenskiy was one of her outstanding pieces of work, while later she became a vocal coach at the Chisinau School of Arts named after V. Polyakov.
 
Anna’s vocal teacher is Cristina Pintilie. The Moldovan act has participated in several music competitions, often winning high placing prizes, such as in the music Festival in the city of  Smolensk and the Grand Prix of Discovery 2007 in the city of Tiraspol. She competed in the Martisoare Dorohoian Festival in 2012, while in 2016 she achieved a second place at the Slavic Bazaar festival in the city of Vitebsk . In 2017 she takes part in the Russian edition of  The Voice while in 2018 she competed in the Eurovision national final of “O Melodie Pentru Europa 2018” with the entry Agony, finishing in 5th place.
Anna Odobescu is married to singer and composer Alexandru Vdovicenco .

The entry “Stay”

Anna will be representing Moldova by performing the song  “Stay”. Behind the lyrics and the composition of the song are,  Giorgos Kalpakidis  Thomas Reil, Jeppe Reil and  Maria Broberg . On the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv Anna will have as her backing vocalists on the stage Mihaela Andrei, Andrei Ștefăneț, and Andreea Portarescu. Anna will perform 3rd in the second semi final on May 16.


Here are the Lyrics of the song Stay:

Hold on, even with the wind we’ll make it
Be strong, keep the fire burning inside
Go on, as I breathe in you
Look into my eyes, fly me high right up to the sky
Stay, until I find a way, to be together
Forever’s here to… stay
No matter what they say
It’s now or never, it’s forever
This time, we can try to keep our story
This crime, we can stop from breaking apart
No rhyme is a match for you
Never let me down, if I fall I’m nothing at all
Stay, until I find a way, to be together
Forever’s here to… stay
No matter what they say
It’s now or never, it’s forever
When you come stand beside me
The earth is moving fast
Stay… Stay… Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh…
Stay… Stay… Ooh ooh ooh ooh ooh…
Stay, until I find a way, to be together
Forever’s here to… stay
No matter what they say
It’s now or never, it’s forever
 

 

 The Eurovision story so far

Moldova participated in Eurovision for the first time in 2005 and hasn’t missed a year since then. Its best results came in 2017 when Sunstroke Project with Hey Mama finished 3rd. This year the country was represented by DoReDos anf their entry Lucky Day, which finished 10th in the final.