Six acts have made it through the first semi-final for Romania’s national selection show for Eurovision 2019.
Romanian Television’s Selectia Nationala kicked off tonight with its first semi-final, with 11 acts vying for a chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Here is the list of tonight’s performers in their draw order, with qualifiers in bold:
- Trooper – “Destin”
- Berniceya – “The Call: Dynasty of Love”
- Ommieh and Anakrisez – “Rock This Way”
- Teodora Dinu – “Skyscraper”
- Dya and Lucian Colareza – “Without You (Sin ti)”
- Nicola – “Weight of the World”
- Steam – “The Way It Goes”
- Vaida – “Underground”
- Claudiu Mirea – “We Are the Ones”
- The Four – “Song of My Heart”
- Bella Santiago – “Army of Love”
A jury of musical experts decided on the first five qualifiers: Trooper, Teodora Dinu, Dya and Lucian Colareza, Claudiu Mirea, and Bella Santiago. The sixth qualifier, Vaida, won a spot at the final by garnering the most televotes among the remaining contestants.
These six acts will move on to the grand final of the competition, where they will be joined by six more finalists from the second semi-final. The second semi-final will be on 10 February, while the final will be on 17 February.
The three Selectia Nationala shows will be hosted by Aurelian Temişan and Ilinca Avram.
On the jury are:
- Adi Cristescu – Singer and composer
- Mihai Georgescu (Miţă) – Founder of Bere Gratis, composer & lyricist
- Crina Mardare – Singer & vocal coach
- Andy Platon – DJ & Producer
- Mugurel Vrabete – Singer
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.