Another three artists have advanced to the Romanian national final for Eurovision 2018 which will take place on 25th February in Bucharest.
The three successful artists from tonight’s semi-final in Craiova were:
- Erminio Sinni & Titziana Camelin – All The Love Away
- XANDRA – Try
- VYROS – La La La
Those that were eliminated from the competition are:
- Zavera – Come Back To Me
- Mares Pana – Daydreamer
- Aurel Dinca – Fire In The Sky
- Tavi Clonda – King
- Diana Brătan – Paint It Rainbow
- Carolina Gorun – Reach Out For The Stars
- Elena Hasna – Revival
- Eliza Chifu – So Good Without You
- Ayona – The Story Goes On
A total of 60 artists are taking part in the Romanian Eurovision selection process this year with 12 acts in each of the 5 semi-finals. In the Grand Final, the ultimate winner to be determined by the public.
During the semi-finals, a jury will select fifteen finalists. On the jury are Marian Ionescu, Ilinca Băcilă (Eurovision 2017), Nicu Patoi, Liliana Ştefan and Viorel Gavrilă. The jury members vote according to the Eurovision system of points 1-8, 10 and 12.
Next week, semi-final 4 of Selecţia Naţională will be broadcast live from Turda. The winner of Selecţia Naţională will perform in the 2nd semi-final of Eurovision 2018 on May 10th, with the hope of maintaining Romania’s 100% qualification record and grabbing a spot in the Eurovision final on May 12th.
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.