The line-up for the final of Romania’s Eurovision selection has been determined.
Tonight the second semi-final of Selectia Nationala took place in Romania as twelve artists sing for their chance to represent their country at the next Eurovision Song Contest. Competing tonight were (qualifiers in bold):
- 2 Gents – Ielele (Fairies)
- Georgy – Tears
- Olivier Kaye – Right now
- Xonia – Discrete
- TWM – Make me your man
- Johnny Badulescu – Give up now
- Echoes – High heels on
- Aldo Blaga – Your journey
- Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – Daina
- Laura Bretan – Dear Father
- Ester Peony – On a Sunday
- Linda Teodosiu – Renegades
They join the qualifiers from semi-final one. These are:
- Trooper – “Destin”
- Teodora Dinu – “Skyscraper”
- Dya and Lucian Colareza – “Without You (Sin ti)”
- Vaida – “Underground”
- Claudiu Mirea – “We Are the Ones”
- Bella Santiago – “Army of Love”
A jury of musical experts decided on the first five qualifiers: Olivier Kaye, Letitita Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan, Laura Bretan, Ester Peony, and Linda Teodosiu. The sixth qualifier, Aldo Blaga, won a spot at the final by garnering the most televotes among the remaining contestants. The final is set to take place on 17th 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.