Today, in a press conference in Bucharest, Romanian broadcaster TVR has unveiled the 12 semi-finalist acts of Selectia Nationala 2016. Apart from the expected names of Mihai Traistariu and Ovidiu Anton, most of the other acts selected by an expert jury are newcomers to the national selection.
Here is the list of the 12 acts that are advancing to the sole semi-final on 4 March, from a pool of 90 submissions:
Xandra – “Superhuman”
Andra Olteanu – “Nai Nai”
Doru Todorut feat. Irina Baiant – “The Voice”
Dream Walkers – “Let It Shine”
Florena – “Behind The Shadows”
Hayley Evetts – “Brand New Day”
Irina Popa – “Lasa-ma, eu te las”
Jukebox – “Come On Everybody”
Mihai Bajinaru – “Never Too Late”
M I H A I – “Paradisio”
Ovidiu Anton – “Moment of Silence”
Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian – “I’m Coming Home”
The most notable absentees from this list are Ramona Nerra, who was a fan favourite, as well as Otilia, Sara Serena, Alex Mica and Cristina Vasiu. TVR has also published the list of songs that were rejected, together with their score.
The 12 selected acts will batte it out in the Semi-final on 4 March, when four songs will be saved by the jury and two by the televoters. The six finalists will confront at the National Final on 6 March, when the winner will bechosen exclusively by televote.
What do you think about Romania’s picks for Selectia Nationala? Who are you rooting for?