The Sunstroke Project was formed in 2008, as a combination of saxophone, violin and vocals. They've already performed in over 30 cities around Europe, and spawned several singles and albums. In 2009 they participated in the Moldovan national selection with the song No crime, finishing third to Nelly Ciobanu.
Olia Tira was born in 1988 in Potsdam (then in the German Democratic Republic), and has been singing professionally for seven years. She is a presenter on Moldovan TV. As a result of her family being in the military, she's lived all over the world, most notably in the Far East.
Olia's first album Your place or mine? was released in 2008, with all the songs written by Ruslan Taranu.
Moldova's national selection took place over two stages, and consisted of two semi-finals (27 & 28 February) and a Grand Final on 6 March.
Tele-Radio Moldova (TRM) stipulated that each performer, or one performer in a group, must be a Moldovan national. Most of the songwriters wer also Moldovan, although TRM did invite some foreign composers for entries.
Eighty-two songs were eventually submitted to TRM, with 25 selected by TRM to participate in the semi-finals. The remaining five places were filled via an online SMS vote held over the first half of February. The top seven in each semi proceeded to a 14 song Grand Final. At each stage a 50/50 mixture of jury and televoting selected the finalists and eventual winner.
Run away triumphed in the Grand Final, winning over both the jury and televoters, thus scoring maximum points.
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