Selectia Nationala: Last three acts advance to National Final from Semi-Final 5


Romania‘s broadcaster TVR aired the final and fifth semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2018 from Sighisoara tonight. Now, we have the last three acts who qualified for next week’s National Final. They are The HUMANS, Teodora Dinu, and Dora Gaitanovici. Let’s break it down!

Twelve acts competed in Sighisoara in Romania’s Semi-Final 5 tonight, and all the five judges — Marian Ionescu, Ilinca Bacila, Nicu Patoi, Liliana Stefan, and Viorel Gavrila — gave feedback to the acts, with Ilinca playing the role of Cezar Ouatu and Diana Dumitrescu’s co-host from the jury table. While Ilinca focused her coments on staging, Marian judged the vocals, Viorel commented on the song structure, Nicu focused on the instrumental part, while Liliana judged the lyrics.

In the end, the judges’ three qualifiers from the fifth semi-final were your second favourite Teodora Dinu, your third favourite The HUMANS, and Dora Gaitanovici. They will advance to the National Final next Sunday, where they will face off against the other 12 finalists for the ticket to Lisbon.

Selectia Nationala: Semi-Final 5 Qualifiers

1. The HUMANS – “Goodbye” (58 points)

2. Teodora Dinu – “Fly” (50 points)

3. Dora Gaitanovici – “Fara tine” (42 points)

Unfortunately, your favourite act Sergiu Bolota failed to advance to the final. While the judges praised his song, they also said that he sounded off-key.

Full results of Semi-Final 5

1. The HUMANS – 58 points
2. Teodora Dinu – 50 points
3. Dora Gaitanovici – 42 points
4. Sergiu Bolota – 28 points
5. Denisa Trofin – 28 points
6. Iliana – 21 points
7. Manuel Chivari – 20 points
8. Alexandru Ungureanu – 17 points
9. SAVE – 14 points
10. Evermorph – points
11. Maria Suciu – 2 points
12. Tomer Cohen – 1 point

The fifth and last semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2018, which took place in Sighisoara’s Mihai Eminescu theatre, opened with a medieval show by Terra Medies Order of Paladins. The interval act was pop-rock band Directia 5, who performed on a separate stage outside, in the main public square of Sighisoara. Their mini-concert was prerecorded the night before, as guitarist Marian Ionescu was on jury duty tonight.

Today was host Cezar Ouatu’s birthday. The countertenor turned 37. All the acts sang “Happy birthday” on stage, at the end of the show.

The other 12 finalists, chosen by the jury in the other semi-finals, are:

  • Alexia & Matei – “Walking On Water”
  • Echoes – “Mirror”
  • Eduard Santha – “Me Som Romales”
  • Jukebox feat Bella Santiago – “Auzi cum bate”
  • M I H A I – “Heaven”
  • Rafael & Friends – “We Are One”
  • Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin – “All The Love Away”
  • Xandra – “Try”
  • VYROS – “La La La”
  • Claudia Andas – “The One”
  • TIRI – “Desert de sentimente”
  • Feli – “Buna de iubit”

This has been the last semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2018 . In 2018, which marks 100 years of Romania’s existence as a unified state, TVR staged five semi-finals in five different cities under the slogan “Eurovision Unites Romania”.

On 25 February, at the grand final in the capital Bucharest, the winner will be crowned solely by the public, via televote. Ilinca and the judges will only be able to watch on!

Did the right acts make it through? Are you excited by the National Final lineup? Who are your favourites? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!