Ilinca ft. Alex Florea will represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with their song “Yodel It”. The contest will be held in Kyiv, Ukraine in May.
Tonight Romania held their Eurovision selection show “Selecția Națională” in which ten artists battled it out for the victory and the grand prize of representing Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. In the end it was Ilinca ft. Alex Florea with the song Yodel It that came out on top. The winner was decided by 100% public televote, unlike last week which saw the ten qualifiers being decided by 100% jury vote.
Here are the artists that took part tonight:
- Ana-Maria Mirică – Spune-mi tu (Tell me)
- Ilinca ft. Alex Florea – Yodel It!
- Eduard Santha – Wild Child
- Xandra – Walk On By
- MIHAI – I Won’t Surrender
- Maxim feat. Nicolae Voiculeț – Adu-ți aminte (Remember)
- Tavi Colen & Emma – We Own the Night
- Instinct – Petale (Petals)
- Ramona Nerra – Save Me
- Cristina Vasiu – Set the Skies on Fire
Hosting the show tonight was Iuliana Tudor and Dan Helciug. Joining them was Ioana Voicu, who hosted the Green Room. Three Eurovision 2017 participants performed in the interval of the show. These were Manel Navarro from Spain, Timebelle from Switzerland who are fronted by Romanian born Miruna Manescu and joined by Emanuel Daniel Andriescu and Samuel Forster, as well as Sunstroke Project who will be returning to the Eurovision Song Contest this year having participated for the first time in 2010 for Moldova. As well as these participants, a ABBA tribute band performed covers of SOS, Voulez-vouz, Money Money Money, Waterloo, Mamma Mia and Dancing Queen.
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Romania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the country had tried to participate in 1993 but failed to get through the pre-qualifying round. At the 1994 contest Dan Bittman finished 21st in the final scoring 14 points, Romania didn’t make it through to another final until 1998. Romania’s best results in the contest are two third place finishes. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem finished 3rd scoring 158 points, while Paula Seling & Ovi finished 3rd in Oslo with the song “Playing with Fire”. Romania missed the 2016 contest due to TVR being removed from the EBU.