Tonight, Romania will select its six finalists for Sunday evening’s national final, but until then, our readers have chosen their favourites to advance from the semi-final. According to you, Ovidiu Anton, Florena, M I H A I, and also Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian, Xandra and Andra Olteanu should qualify.
After 2,113 votes were cast in our Selectia Nationala 2016 poll, we have two clear frontrunners, as just 11 votes separate Ovidiu Anton from Florena. Their songs amassed almost a third of the total votes.
1. Ovidiu Anton – “Moment of Silence” –
Last year’s third place Ovidiu Anton returned to Selectia Nationala with a vengeance and an epic song, determined to steal the spotlight. “Moment of Silence”, which was inspired, in his own words, “by OUR reality”, stirred a lot of emotions in our readers, who gave him their support and their votes.
2. Florena – “Behind The Shadows” –
Sixteen-year old Florena Ticu Sandru, former X Factor Romania contestant and shooting star of Selectia Nationala, is your second favourite with just 11 votes behind Ovidiu. The newcomer is certainly generating a lot of hype with her power ballad that was also our Wiwi Jury’s top choice this year.
3. M I H A I – “Paradisio” –
Early favourite M I H A I is your third choice for Romania’s National Final. With almost 300 votes, “Paradisio” is widely expected to advance — and even win in Stockholm, if you ask its most fervent supporters.
4. Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian – “I’m Coming Home” –
The radio-friendly track also convinced a lot of our readers. With just ten votes behind “Paradisio”, “I’m Coming Home” also claims its spot in your top six.
Xandra, a.k.a. Alexandra Sipos, is your fifth favourite to qualify tonight with her Eurovision-ready ballad. Will the “Superhuman” make it?
Andra has a lot of pull with the foreigners thanks to her song’s “ethnic” sound, but not so much with Romanian fans of the contest. Either way, “Nai Nai” made your top six. Will it also make it tonight?
Doru Todorut feat. Irina Baiant, Irina Popa, Gasca De Acasa, Dream Walkers, Mihai Bajinaru and Jukebox make up the rest of the contestants who — according to our readers, at least — should pack their bags tonight. However, it will be up the expert jury, who will select four acts, and the public, who will save two more, to decide the line-up of Romania’s national final on Sunday.
Romania’s sole semi-final will be broadcast live from Baia Mare starting 19:30 CET on TVRplus.ro and on YouTube. For the running order, click here. An expert jury will select six acts to advance to the final on Sunday, while the viewers will save two more songs. In the national final on 6 March, the winner will be chosen by 100% televote.
What do you think about the results of our poll? Do you agree or disagree with our readers’ top six? Who are your six finalists? Sound off below!
William and Deban’s first reaction to Selectia Nationala 2016