Romania, one of four countries remaining that have featured in every Eurovision final since 2004, has finally announced the twelve contenders that will battle in the national final on 8 March. After three days of deliberations, the Romanian jury has selected 12 out of the “almost 100” songs TVR received in an open call. There are quite a few familiar names on the list for Selectia Nationala 2015 to get y’all excited! You can listen to all of the songs below, and on TVR’s official site.
Selectia Nationala 2015 Finalists
1. Luminita Anghel – “A Million Stars”
2. Aurelian Temisan feat. Alexa – “Chica Latina”
3. Voltaj – “De la capat”
4. Baietii – “Dragoste in lanturi”
5. Blue Noise – “Love Won’t Run Away”
6. Rodica Aculova – “My Light”
7. Cristina Vasiu – “Nowhere”
8. Tudor Turcu – “Save Us”
9. Super Trooper – “Secret Place”
10. Ovidiu Anton – “Still Alive”
11. Lara Lee – “Superman”
12. CEJ – “We Were In Love”
Apart from Swedish band CEJ and Moldovan singer Rodica Aculova, all the acts are Romanian.
Probably the most unexpected name, given her recent personal and legal troubles, is Luminita Anghel, who of course represented Romania in 2005 with “Let Me Try” featuring Sistem. However, Luminita seems to have shaken it off and risen like a Phoenix to try for Eurovision again. “A Million Stars” sounds like a ballad tailor-made for Eurovision, complete with duduk, an all-important key change and a lot of melismas. We’re extremely happy to see our Anghel overcome it all and return to the contest. (On a side note, one of the song authors, Cristian Faur, also wrote Romania’s 2013 entry, “It’s My Life”.)
Another unexpected name is CEJ, whose members hail from Rednex, the Swedish band who rose to international fame back in the 90’s with such hits like “Cotton Eye Joe” or “Wish You Were Here”. Rednex competed in Selectia Nationala back in 2007 and 2008, as well as in Melodifestivalen 2006. Maybe it will be third time lucky in Romania under a new name?
The most expected name on the list, obviously, is Voltaj. As we previously reported, the band asked their fans in Facebook what they thought about entering Selectia Nationala with “De la capat” (From the Start). The fact that the song is on the national final list proves that the guys listened to the overwhelmingly positive response, and that the jury liked the song as well. They also announced, during the press conference, that if they win they would change the language to English. In that case, the song title will be “All Over Again”.
Boy band Baietii (whose name translates to “The Boys”) have a national final ticket with their radio hit “Dragoste in lanturi” (Love in Chains). Romanian tweens will have an extra reason to watch the NF on 8 March!
Rodica Aculova from the Republic of Moldova also tried for her home country this year, but she failed to qualify after live auditions with the same song, “My Light”. However, the Romanian jury gave her a chance to shine in Craiova.
Former X Factor contestants and fellow rockers Ovidiu Anton and Tudor Turcu (the latter of which won the second season of the show) faced off before on the Selectia Nationala 2013 final (here and here). Lara Lee (real name Larisa Mirabela Ciortan), another former X Factor contestant, is a first time solo Selectia Nationala finalist with the song “Superman”, produced by the team that stood behind Margaret Berger’s “I Feed You My Love” (Norway, 2013). Lara Lee previously fronted the band T&L, which lost to Mandinga back in 2012. Although not an X Factor contestant, Cristina Vasiu still has competition experience after her time as a contestant on The Voice of Romania in 2011.
Other names that are known to have submitted songs but were left out of the final are Ramona Nerra, Naomy, Keky, Nicole Stroiny, Ozana Barabancea and the 2003 representative Nicola.
The Romanian national final will be broadcast live by TVR on 8 March from Sala Polivalenta in Craiova.
What do you think about the 12 finalists in Romania? Are there any surprises? Who would you like to see in Vienna?