Ilinca & Alex Florea will be riding high tonight after “everything went perfect” in the jury show, but can they make the final?
Ilinca & Alex Florea are representing Romania tonight in Kyiv with “Yodel It!”, despite a strong performance at last nights jury show, the two singers had a couple of issues in the run up to the show. Alex stated to Agerpress that he had nerves going into the jury show following the failure of his earpiece during yesterday afternoon’s rehearsal.
The biggest worry that the two have going into tonight is the staging of their performance. Since arriving in Kyiv, the delegation has made changes to the appearance on stage three times. The biggest worry Alex has tonight is the cannons and ensuring that they end up in the right place. He added that due to safety issues he has had to change aspects of the performance including the cannon.
linca ft. Alex Florea won the Romanian national final with their song “Yodel It!”, and will be representing Romania at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. They received 10,377 votes on the night, almost double that of the second place winner Mihai, who received 5201 points. The winner was decided by 100% jury vote during the final. The finalists qualified from a 15 artist semi-final via 100% jury vote.
Romania alongside Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Russia has a 100% qualification record at the Eurovision Song Contest, a feat they will be hoping to continue tonight.
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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.