When Romania’s public broadcaster TVR ambitiously announced earlier this year that Selectia Nationala 2018 would include five semi-finals, they probably were expecting more than 84 entries, which they got last year. It wasn’t the case, with only 72 submissions received this year. But, with big names like Feli, Alex Florea, M I H AI, or Xandra, maybe the small numbers won’t count that much.
TVR announced today that 72 songs were submitted for consideration. M I H A I, Alex Florea, Feli, Jukebox, Eduard Santha and Xandra are mentioned among the local artists vying to represent Romania at Eurovision 2018. Romanian, Swedish, Belgian, Italian, Spanish and Moldovan songwriters are behind the tracks submitted to Selectia Nationala 2018.
We have already listened to M I H A I’s song “Heaven” and Xandra’s “Try”. Meanwhile, Next Star winner Elena Hasna – one of our Top 10 acts who should represent Romania in 2018 – has made her song public. It was penned by renowned Swedish sister duo Ylva and Linda Persson.
The big surprise is Alex Florea, who seems to have gotten the Eurovision bug. After representing Romania with “Yodel It!” together with Ilinca Bacila and placing seventh in Kyiv earlier this year, it will be interesting to see what he’s sent for 2018.
However, the fact that former Voice of Romania contestant Feli is in the mix is giving Romanian Eurofans hope that she’s produced a killer song. Another top choice of ours for Romania, Feli Donose is a beloved household name in her home country, producing hit after hit and amassing dozens of millions of YouTube views each time. We cannot wait to listen to her Eurovision bid. Meanwhile, let’s listen to her latest single, “Acasa” (Home), released after 1 September 2017. Could this be her ticket to Lisbon?
Next up, the jury will listen to the songs live until 21 December. They are supposed to select 60 songs for the five semi-finals, so they’ll only have to cut 12 tracks. The dates for the five semi-finals still haven’t been announced, but they are set to start in January and they will be hosted by five different cities. The National Final will be held in Bucharest on Sunday, 25 February.
What do you think about the news from Bucharest? Are you excited for Selectia Nationala 2018? Let us know in the comments!