Ester Peony will represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.
Tonight Romania’s Eurovision selection show Selectia Nationala took place, with twelve acts taking to the stage. In the end, it was Ester Peony with “On a Sunday” who came out victorious. Two semi-finals were held over the past month, to select the final twelve competing in the final.
Ester went in to the show this evening as an outsider to win the contest, with Bella Santiago and Laura Bretan the favourites to win the competition. Ester had placed 4th in the 2nd semi-final last week with the juries, before topping the jury vote tonight. The result this evening was 6/7 jury voting, and 1/7 public vote.
Competing tonight was:
- Linda Teodosiu – Renegades – 42 points – 4th
- Olivier Kaye – Right Now – 27 points – 7th
- Laura Bretan – Dear Father – 60 points – 2nd
- Teodora Dinu – Skyscraper – 7 points – 12th
- Claudia Mirea – We Are the Ones – 19 points – 9th
- Aldo Blaga – Your Journey – 14 points – 10th
- Ester Peony – On a Sunday – 65 points – Winner
- Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – D A I N A – 40 points – 5th
- Bella Santiago – Army of Love – 3rd – 58 points – 3rd
- Trooper – Destin – 29 points – 7th
- DYA & Lucian Colareza – Without You (Sin Ti) – 10 points – 11th
- Vaida – Underground – 35 points – 6th
The winner this evening was selected by both public televote and international jury. The jury members are:
- Emmelie de Forest – Winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013
- Tali Eshkoli – Head of Event & Content at Eurovision 2019
- William Lee Adams
- Deban Aderemi
- Serban Cazan – Music Producer
- Alex Calancea – Musician, Producer and Composer
The show also featured guest performances from three international performers. Netta, the winner of last year’s Eurovision Song Contest, performed on tonight’s show, after already featuring in the selections of France and the United Kingdom.
Emmelie de Forest and Inis Nerziri also performed this evening. Emmelie de Forest won over the voters of Europe in May 2013, with her song “Only Teardrops”. In 2017, she was behind the United Kingdom’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, having written “Never Give Up On You” which was performed by Lucie Jones. Inis Nerziri will be known to Romanian television audience after winning the Golden Stag Festival in Brasov last summer.
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.