Romania: Ten acts advance to Selectia Nationala final

Turn off the fake applause, because the semi-final is over! Following tonight’s Selectia Nationala 2017 show hosted by TVR, when the jury in Romania had their final say, ten acts remain standing and will face the public vote next Sunday. In the national final, it’s going to be power to the people, because the winner will be decided via 100% televote. But who got the jury vote of approval tonight?

Your favourite act — and Wiwi Jury’s top scorerIlinca feat. Alex Florea got the most praise from the expert jury for their live performance of “Yodel It!”. Luminita Anghel even stood up to congratulate them. Paula Seling said that, while she didn’t quite get the middle eight, overall the song was very unique. Adrian Romcescu, the chairman of the jury, said that the song was very memorable. The only negative critique came from Ovi Jacobsen, who said that Alex Florea’s English enunciation needs some improvement.

Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – “Yodel It!” semi-final performance

The staging was simple, reminding us of the live audition, but it was also very effective. The two singers commanded the stage in black-vs-white outfits, channeling a bad boy rapper and his angelic, yodeling girlfriend.

Xandra – “Walk On By” – semi-final performance

Although Xandra performed last, the jury also showered both her song and voice with compliments. Luminita Anghel said that “Walk On By” is clearly in the top 5 of Selectia Nationala 2017. Xandra was pretty static, but it was her voice that stole the show anyway.

 M I H A I – “I Won’t Surrender” semi-final performance

The artist formerly known as Mihai Traistariu also got a lot of praise from the jury. Ovi Jacobsen thanked M I H A I for taking his advice from the live auditions on board. This time, the “Miracle” singer said, M I H A I sounded “more masculine”. Make of that what you will! Also with a simple, static staging, the “Tornero” singer dominated the studio with his powerful voice. If only we could unsee that jacket, though!

The 10 finalists of Selectia Nationala 2017

In the end, the jury chose the ten finalists. They are:

  1. Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – “Yodel It!”
  2. Xandra – “Walk On By”
  3. M I H A I – “I Won’t Surrender”
  4. Cristina Vasiu – “Set The Skies On Fire”
  5. Instinct – “Petale” (Petals)
  6. Ramona Nerra – “Save Me”
  7. Eduard Santha – “Wild Child”
  8. Tavi Colen & Emma – “We Own The Night”
  9. Maxim – “Adu-ti aminte” (Remember)
  10. Ana-Maria Mirica – “Spune-mi tu” (You tell me)

Jury scores at Selectia Nationala 2017 semi-final

Selectia Nationala semi-final scores

As you can see, Ilinca and Alex’s “Yodel It!” slayed the pack, getting 12 points from all the members of the jury.

The tie between Elize & No Stress and Ana-Maria Mirica was broken by the latter’s better score of 4, so Ana-Maria Mirica advanced to the national final.

The artists who packed their bags after the semi-final were Elize & No Stress, Tudor Turcu, Zanga, Alexandra Craescu and D-lema. The last act received zero points from the jury.

Ovidiu Anton, last year’s winner at Selectia Nationala, returned to the TVR stage as interval act. He performed a few of his new and old hits, including last year’s winning song “Moment of Silence”.

There was no sign of Lora though.

Next Sunday, TVR will host the national final of Selectia Nationala 2017, when the public will decide Romania’s winner via 100% televote.

What do you think about the Romanian jury picks for the final? Did your favourites go through? Sound off below!


Photo: TVR