Romania: M I H A I, Xandra return to Selectia Nationala as submissions close

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As song submissions in Romania closed yesterday, Eurovision fans are getting hyped about beloved names making a comeback to Selectia Nationala. M I H A I and Xandra are the biggest confirmed stars to return, hoping to win Selectia Nationala 2018 and represent the country in Lisbon.

“Tornero” singer Mihai Traistariu, who has styled his name as M I H A I, is back with a vengeance. After placing fifth at Selectia Nationala 2016 and second in 2017, he is ready to represent Romania once again. While his song has not been made public yet, it is one of his trademark power ballads and it is clear that  M I H A I’s is the entry to beat. We expect him to wow both the jury and the viewers in the National Final on 25 February, just like he did last year with “I Won’t Surrender”.

Xandra (Alexandra Sipos) has released her bid for Selectia Nationala 2018. Very similar to last year’s entry “Walk On By”, which placed fifth at the 2017 National Final, “Try” is a sweeping ballad that showcases Xandra’s powerhouse voice. It’s yet another entry that is already expected to make the 2018 National Final.

Xandra’s song was written by Will Taylor, Jonas Gladnikoff, and Michael James Down. We find Jonas and Michael behind another Selectia Nationala hopeful, former X Factor Romania contestant Johnny Badulescu (real name: Ion Moise Badulescu). With a decent performance at the live audition, his ballad “Devoted” might make the semi-finals.

Not all the songs are ballads though, thankfully. Among the Selectia Nationala hopefuls we might find Anuryh, an exotic model made famous on the Romanian version of Temptation Island. Her radio-friendly track “In My Head” is rumoured to have been submitted to Selectia Nationala. If this is proven true, the dance song would be a welcome addition to the live shows.

Other names that are rumoured to have sent songs to Selectia Nationala 2018 are Cristina Vasiu, Teodora Dinu, Alessandro Danescu, and Ayona.

Broadcaster TVR is yet to make the official announcement regarding the number of entrants and their names.

Next up, the contestants will perform their entries in front of a jury and audience between 19-21 December. The jury will choose 60 songs that will make it through to the five semi-finals, set to start in January. The National Final will be held in Bucharest on Sunday, 25 February.

Which sing do you like so far? Which of the names are you rooting for? Let us know in the comments!

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