Romanian broadcaster TVR has just announced the list of 12 finalists, as chosen by the jury from the 160 songs that were submitted for Selectia Nationala. Apart from the expected names – Paula Seling and Ovi, Anca Florescu, Stefan Stan and TeddyK – we found a few pleasant surprises, but also some notable snubs.
Here are the 12 songs that will compete in Brasov on 1 March:
1. Stefan Stan feat. TeddyK – “Breathe”:
2. Naomy – “Daca tu iubesti”:
3. Bere Gratis – “Despre mine si ea”:
4. Silvia Dumitrescu – “Fiorul iubirii”:
5. Marcel Craciunescu – “Hardjock”
6. Anca Florescu – “Hearts Collide”:
7. Vizi Imre – “Kind of Girl”:
8. Renee Santana & Mike Diamondz – “Letting Go”:
9. Paula Seling and Ovi – “Miracle”:
10. Mirela Vaida Boureanu – “One More Time”:
11. The dAdA – “Unpredictable”:
12. The Zuralia Orchestra – “You Know”:
The most notable absence from the list is Cobzality, the band that had hoped to win over the jury with the inclusion of popular traditional singer Matilda Pascal Cojocarita. Their song “Steaua de vis” fell flat on the jury members’ ears. Other notable absences are last year’s contenders Tudor Turcu, Andrei Leonte, Anthony Icuagu, Cezar Dometi, as well as Andreea Olariu (rumoured to have a song penned by Thomas G:son). British singer Krystal Mills didn’t make the cut either – her second defeat this ESC season after she was snubbed in the Swiss selection.
A pleasant surprise is the presence of transgender singer Naomy, who won over the jury with her rendition of “Daca tu iubesti”. We’re also glad to see Vizi, Vaida, and – for the second year in a row – Renee Santana on the list. The Zuralia Orchestra, who was a semi-finalist in 2013, also made it to the top of the list this year.
Romanian ESC fans find it questionable that Bere Gratis is on the list, seeing as the band’s frontman is the husband of the Romanian head of delegation, Liana Stanciu. She explained, however, that she is not involved in the selection process and that she would only accompany the winning entry to Copenhagen.
What do you think? We will come back with a poll this weekend, but until then we are letting you digest the songs and discuss the jury’s choices below.
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.