The votes are in and we have a winner for tonight’s Semi-Final 5 of Selectia Nationala 2018: Sergiu Bolota with his song “Every Little Thing”. Teodora Dinu and The HUMANS placed second and third, but will Romania‘s jury agree with you guys?
Next Sunday, the public will decide the winner of Romania’s ticket to Lisbon, but we still have a little matter called the final and fifth semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2018. The quaint, medieval Transylvanian town of Sighisoara will host the semi, on a stage smaller than your grandma’s basement — but broadcaster TVR promises yet another show to remember, complete with 100 square metres of LED screens and 380 square metres of LED curtains. The venue, Mihai Eminescu theatre, also hosted a concert by composer George Enescu 90 years ago. After going 90 meters underground last week, we’re going back in time tonight!
Until then, the wiwibloggs readers have had their say in our Semi-Final 5 poll, and Sergiu Bolota is the overall winner with more than a quarter of the votes, followed by Teodora Dinu and The HUMANS. Let’s break it down!
1. Sergiu Bolota – “Every Little Thing”
Sergiu Bolota has been known to Eurofans since last year, when he entered “We Were Young”, the brilliant track written by Estonia’s Stig Rästa, but crashed before the live shows at the auditions. This time, he made the semi-finals with “Every Little Thing”, a song he wrote himself, and he became your favourite from the last semi-final. With 26.84% of the votes, Sergiu should sail through to next Sunday’s semi-final — but only the national jury will decide whether he goes through.
2. TEODORA DINU – “FLY”
Teodora Dinu, one of Ovidiu Anton‘s backing singers, is back in Selectia Nationala with “Fly”, a power ballad written by a Scandinavian and Belgian team. With 20.86% of the vote, she is your second favourite in this last semi-final. With flawless vocals and her own backing vocalists this time, Teodora is expected to “fly” to the National Final next week.
3. The HUMANS – “Goodbye”
Beating Dora Gaitanovici, another fan favourite, by just one vote, The HUMANS are our readers’ third qualifiers, with 9.36% of the vote. Their rock ballad “Goodbye” and Cristina Caramarcu’s voice are likely to convince the jury as well, so we expect to see the band again next Sunday.
The fifth semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2018 will start at 20:00 CET tonight and will be broadcast live on TVR 1, TVR International, TVR Moldova and online on TVR Plus. It will also be broadcast on the official YouTube channel of broadcaster TVR.
SEMI-FINAL 5 LINE-UP
- SAVE – “All We Need”
- Tomher Cohen – “Baby You’re The Only One”
- Sergiu Bolota – “Every Little Thing”
- Dora Gaitanovici – “Fara tine”
- Teodora Dinu – “Fly”
- The HUMANS – “Goodbye”
- Iliana – “I Won’t Lie”
- Evermorph – “Live Your Life”
- Alexandru Ungureanu – “Sail With Me”
- Manuel Chivari – “Somebody To Love”
- Maria Suciu – “Sweet Nothing”
- Denisa Trofin – “Tears”
Since the show is being hosted by a medieval city, the semi-final will be opened by Terra Medies Order of Paladins, knights and princesses of the fort who will recreate the historic atmosphere of Sighisoara. Tonight’s show will include a performance by pop-rock band Directia 5, whose front man is long-haired, paper-crumpling jury member Marian Ionescu.
At the end of the show, the jury made up of Ilinca Bacila, Viorel Gravrila, Marian Ionescu, Liliana Stefan and Nicu Patoi will choose third acts to advance to the National Final on 25 February. This year, TVR is staging five semi-finals in five different cities under the slogan Eurovision Unites Romania, and three acts from each heat are sent to the grand final by the jury. At the grand final in the capital Bucharest, the winner of Selectia Nationala 2018 will be crowned solely by the public, via televote.
What do you think about our readers’ qualifiers? Do you agree that these are the three most deserving acts of the night? Sound off below!