Romania’s travelling selection show for 2018, the annual Selecția Națională, begins its campaign tonight in the eastern city of Focșani, and already we kick off the selection with a very familiar face in the line-up!
The competition will be held in six different cities across Romania with the final, naturally, taking place in the capital Bucharest. The slogan for this year’s contest is “Eurovision unește România! (Eurovision unites Romania)”. Why all of this? It’s the 100th anniversary of the ‘Great Union’ of Romania in 2018, and what better way to celebrate than with a gigantic musical feast of a national selection?
Tonight’s show sees the first eleven participants compete for three spots in the grand final, while Luminița Anghel will perform “Hora din Moldova” as the opening act!
The performers are (alphabetical order);
- Alex Florea – Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt
- Alexia & Matei – Walking on Water
- CornEL – Take Me Away
- Echoes – Mirror
- Eduard Santha – Me som romales
- Elena Turcu – The Perfect Fall
- Hellen – From Underneath
- Johnny Bădulescu – Devoted
- Lina – A Love Worth Falling For
- Liviu Anghel – Rise Up
- Waleska – Renacer
A twelfth act, Tom Hartis with “Teardrop Rain”, has had to pull out due to health reasons.
The clear big name in this semi-final and the one to watch is one half of last year’s Romanian act, Alex Florea. Can he make it two participations in a row?
A five-member jury of Liliana Ștefan, Viorel Gavrilă, Ilinca, Nicu Patoi and Marian Ionescu will rate the songs, and decide which three acts will make it through to February’s 100% televoting final.
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