The second semi-final of the Romanian Selectia Nationala will be broadcast live on Sunday, 24 February on TVR1 and on TVR’s official Eurovision web site, starting 20:00 CET. That’s just one day after the first semi-final.

As with the first semi-final, it will feature 16 acts. The vote will be split 50/50 between the jury and the viewers, and only 6 songs will advance to the final on 9 March.

As I mentioned before, the Romanian broadcaster TVR published the live auditions in front of the jury on YouTube. Here is the running order of semi-final 2, with links to the respective clips:

1. Ovidiu Anton – “Run Away with Me”

2. Leticia – “We Are One”

3. Mosquito – “Feel the Same”

4. Alin Vaduva – “Storyline”

5. Renee Santana – “What Is Love”

6. Diana Matei – “Ma Ma He”

7. 9 Gardens – “All for Naught”

8. The Zuralia Orchestra – “Sukar Transylvania”

9. ABCD – “Final de razboi”

10. Elena Carstea Muttard – “Spinning”

11. Narcis Iustin Ian?u – “Seven”

12. Claudiu Mirea – “I Feel So High”

13. Andrei Leonte – “Paralyzed”

14. Cristian Prajescu – “The Best Thing in Life Is to Love”

15. Jul – “Wake Me Up”

16. Phaser – “Pour Toi et Pour Moi”

Phaser can blow

We have an interesting mix of styles. I can venture a guess and say that, despite displaying an interesting sound and unquestionable talent, Phaser, 9 Gardens and Mosquito are out of the question, simply because viewers won’t appreciate their sophisticated sound: the Eurovision crowd wants to see drama, glitter and pink feathers on stage. 

Newcomers ABCD do not stand much of a chance either: “Final de razboi” (End of the War) sounds too much like a K’s Choice hit from the nineties. It pains me to say it because the song and the lyrics are beautiful and I like the singer.

Ovidiu Anton’s catchy Heys can’t help an otherwise generic country tune. Claudiu Mirea, although a Megastar winner, did not choose the best song in my opinion and is likely to be overlooked.

Elena Carstea Muttard is ready

However, Elena Carstea’s gorgeous ballad (performed flawlessly despite the singer’s flu and jet lag at the time of the live audition) should be a no-brainer. She flew in from the States especially for Eurovision and she means business. Plus, the singer is well known and loved both by the public and the jury in Romania.

Then there’s Renee Santana – her dance song is catchy without being too clubby, her look is fresh and her voice is wonderful. I would be very surprised if she didn’t make it to the final – and that would only be because she is not Romanian. But then again, neither was David Bryan and he was chosen to sing the less interesting “Change” for Romania in 2011 with Hotel FM.

Leticia is down with the gays

Leticia sang her Eurovision 2013 slogan-inspired “We Are One” very well. She is backed by the gay community, which she is a vocal supporter of (a rara avis among pop artists in Romania), and is expected to advance to the Final, despite the “na-na-na’s” which make me want to go “Nah”. Andrei Leonte, winner of the first season of X Factor, is enjoying even more support from his fans. The song is not bad and it suits his sensitive persona. Something is missing though. Maybe he saved the best for the semi-final?

Alin Vaduva (X Factor finalist, he lost to Andrei Leonte) is considered by some the dark horse of the competition, but I don’t really see it. “Storyline” is too dated, it sounds twenty years old to me, and he sings it well but it’s nothing to write home about. If Vaduva is the dark horse, Narcis Iustin Ianau is the white one. The countertenor has an extraordinary voice, but his song is all over the place. Nevertheless, he puts on an impressive show, he has his audience and this might propel him forward.

Jul is very pretty and her song is fun; she might advance to the final as well, but only barely. Also, I enjoyed Diana Matei’s “Ma Ma He” at first listen, but when I saw the audition I didn’t like it anymore. However, with a dynamic show, I might be won over again. I was pleasantly surprised to see that Zuralia Orchestra’s “Sukar Transylvania” was selected – many criticized the jury for including a Gypsy band in the selection, but I can’t but applaud them for that. We are one, after all. 🙂

Last but not least, I love Cristian Prajescu’s ballad. Even though it starts a bit slow, it catches up nicely, to a surprisingly dramatic finish – and the fact that he sings it towards the end of the night could work to his advantage. I will root for him. The so-called “Romanian Bryan Adams” is the youngest of the lot at just 16 years of age. His voice promises a great career and he deserves the attention he gets. I am glad that the jury picked his song.

What about you? Who are you supporting? Let us know in our poll below and then give us your two cents (or fifty if you’ve got ’em…) in the comments section!

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Nebisan
Nebisan
8 years ago

I think that there are five in a first tier – Ovidiu Anton, Mosquito, 9 Gardens (the best of the lot), Claudiu Mirea, and Andrei Leonte. The sixth slot should go to Elena Carstea Muttard. There will be so much club music at the main ESC contest in Malmo that Romania (always one of my favorites) will not stand out at all if they pick Renee Santana or Jul. Leticia’s song is quite simply boring.

naty
naty
8 years ago

The ones to pass through to the final in my opinion are Alin V?duva, Renee Santana, Jul, Mosquito, Cristian Pr?jescu and Andrei Leonte. Though this second semifinal is lower than the first one. I only take Alin V?duva and Renee Santana as important contenders in the final.

adrian
adrian
8 years ago

I like Phaser , a lot of energy and pasion !!

Sokratis
Sokratis
8 years ago

Hotel Transylvania will clearly win here. I dont know how others havent voted for it, but if it looks good its gonna be a great chance

Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

Hm, someone’s enjoying a late burst of votes, but no supporting comments.

MF
MF
8 years ago

Elena Carstea by far in this semifinal. I like a bit Mosquito and Alin Vaduva

giovanni
giovanni
8 years ago

the link to the rumanian website is wrong… is http://eurovision.tvr.ro/

I like ABCD, dont understand the lyrics but it sounds different in good way. the first semifinal looks a lot better. Miss Santana is good singer but the song is not my type. But i will watch the semi with interest. Romania always delivers at Eurovision!

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

@takecare I like Ovidiu Anton and Narcis Ianau’s vocice is good but the song isn’t my cup of tea. 😀

takecare
takecare
8 years ago

@Alex for the last 2 i d say ovidiu anton and narcis ianau 😀

Alex
Alex
8 years ago

After listening all of the contestants my votes are going to: – Renee Santana – my favourite from “Selectia Nationala” 🙂 I agree with Bogdan. Not to clubby but catchy. And she sings good too. Surprised if not in the final. – Elena Carstea – Very popular here in Romania. Amazing voice. Interesting song. Definetely in the final. The two next, I think are surely gonna be in the final because of their fans: – Alin Vaduva – I like the song. He sings well. – Andrei Leonte – The song is nice and it fits him. And for the… Read more »

Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

ABCD – “Final de Razboi”. I love their sound. It’s a bit understated and needs tightening up in places, but it still gets a vote from me. The Zuralia Orchestra – “Sukar Transylvania”. I find this legitimately enjoyable on many levels, but I don’t know how well it can work outside an intimate setting. Yes anyway. Renee Santana – “What Is Love”. There’s not much development, but pump it up together with Renee’s delivery and it’s a good time. Mosquito – “Feel the Same”. An easy charisma and vocal confidence sells the song effectively. I wouldn’t write it off. “Storyline”… Read more »

takecare
takecare
8 years ago

i really dont see anyone else winning the whole thing from this semi than elena carstea! there are some ok, but not really there…

oh,, and i have to disagree the glitter and pink thing “the Eurovision crowd wants to see drama, glitter and pink feathers on stage”