Selectia Nationala 2017: Jury picks 15 semi-finalists for Romania

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In a live show tonight, TVR‘s expert jury cut the 72 acts of Romania‘s Selectia Nationala 2017 to 15. The acts were judged based on their live auditions at the end of January. The 15 semi-finalists will now face off on 26 February, when ten songs will advance to the national final on 5 March.

In case you missed Romania’s live auditions, here is a recap of the 72 entries.

Tonight’s show, which stretched over two hours, included guests like Eurovision stars Elena Gheorghe, Cezar “The Voice” Ouatu, Monica Anghel, Marcel Pavel, and Romania’s first representative from 1994, Dan Bittman. They all performed their Eurovision hits as well. They were joined onstage by Luminita Anghel, Paula Seling and Ovi Jacobsen, who were also part of the expert jury, next to songwriters Adrian Romcescu and Andrei Tudor. Along with other TVR hosts, the Eurovision stars presented the 15 semi-finalists in random order.

Who are the 15 semi-finalists of Selectia Nationala 2017?

Elize & No Stress – “Fara bariere” (No Barriers)

Cristina Vasiu – “Set The Skies On Fire”

Tudor Turcu – “Limitless”

Ramona Nerra – “Save Me”

Ana-Maria Mirica – “Spune-mi tu” (You Tell Me)

Instinct – “Petale” (Petals)

D-lema – “Adventure”

Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – “Yodel It!”

Tavi Colen & Emma – “We Own The Night”

Zanga – “Doua sticle” (Two Bottles)

Maxim – “Adu-ti aminte” (Remember)

Eduard Santha – “Wild Child”

M I H A I – “I Won’t Surrender”

Alexandra Craescu – “Hope”

Xandra – “Walk On By”

The organisers specified that Lora would have qualified with “I Know”, but her withdrawal prompted the jury to select the next act in line, Zanga (“Doua sticle”).

How well did we do with our prediction?

Earlier today, we made a prediction regarding tonight’s outcome. Out of the 15 acts we picked as semi-finalists, we correctly guessed nine. The most surprising omission was Myriam’s “Escape”, written by Ovidiu Anton.

What happens next?

Next up, the 15 selected participants will have to get ready for the semi-final on 26 February in Bucharest, when the expert jury will cut their number to 10 finalists. On the night of the national final of 5 March, the public will decide the winner of Selectia Nationala 2017 by 100% televote. TVR has officially revealed tonight that the National Final will also take place in Bucharest.

What do you think about the 15 semi-finalists of Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2017? Who has more chances of advancing to the NF on 5 March? Sound off below!

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