Romania is bringing a show with a variety of acts in the second semi-final of the search for their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
As the week draws to a close, so are the preparations for the second semi-final of the Romanian national selection. With the selection process travelling all around Romania, stopping in a different city with each show, this week’s semi-final will be held in Timisoara. A modernized 18th century fortification selected as the venue for the show will be equipped with 90 square metres of LED screens and 200 light projectors.
The show will be opened by Portuguese-born Ricardo Caria, who will perform Salvador Sobral’s winning Eurovision entry Amar Pelos Dois. He will return to the stage at the end of the broadcast with a song dedicated to the city of Lisbon.
The evening promises to bring guest acts by both Neda Ukraden, a best-selling artist in Serbia, as well as Roma music artist Lavinia Raducanu. Before the results are announced, there will be final guest performance by one of the most famous rock bands in Romania, Cargo. The group will give a debut performance of their new single I’m crying along with some of their previous hits.
The acts competing in the second semi-final are:
- Jukebox feat Bella Santiago – Auzi Cum Bate
- Alessandro Dănescu – Breaking Up
- Meriem – End The Battle
- MIHAI – Heaven
- Jessie Baneş – Lightning Strikes
- Romeo Zaharia – Maybe This Time
- Othello – Noi Suntem Pădure
- Miruna Diaconescu – Run For You
- Serena – Safari
- Pragu ‘de Sus – Te Voi Chema
- Endless feat. Maria Grosu – Thinking About You
- RAFAEL & ANDY – We Are One
Three of them will qualify to the final, held on February 25th in Bucharest.
The acts that have already passed through to the final show are Alexia & Matei with the song Walking On Water, Echoes with Mirror and Eduard Santha with Mesom Romales.
All entries competing in the semi-finals are available for listen HERE.
After the show has ended, the winners, jury members and presenters will hold a press conference which will be broadcast on TVR 1, TVR HD, TVR International, TVR Moldova and TVR +.
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.