It’s a go in Romania as broadcaster TVR is busy recording the Selectia Nationala 2017 live auditions as we write. Starting today and going until Sunday, 72 of the 84 acts who entered the national selection will be judged by the expert panel. The other 12 acts either withdrew or were disqualified.
In what constitutes a first, TVR is broadcasting some of the acts who are performing in front of the jury, via the Eurovision Romania Facebook page. Also as a premiere, TVR has published the list of the competing acts. Many of them have released their songs on YouTube and we’ve had a listen so that you don’t have to. Let’s break it down!
M I H A I with “I Won’t Surrender”, Lora with “I Know”, Sergiu Bolota with “We Were Young”, Teodora Dinu with “Tear Up The Dark” and Ramona Nerra with “Save Me” are very decent tracks that could bring Romania an honourable position in Kyiv.
We could add Cristina Vasiu to this list.
Her ballad “Set the Skies on Fire” was also submitted to Selectia Nationala 2016, but it didn’t make the cut. We wonder why…
Ovidiu Anton, last year’s Selectia Nationala winner, returns as a songwriter with “Escape”, performed by Miryam.
Echoing “Moment of Silence”, “Escape” could be a contender thanks to Ovidiu’s popularity among Eurovision fans.
Tudor Turcu’s “Limitless” is not a bad song per se, but it’s a mere shadow of what “Save Me” from 2015 was. Despite the desperation in Tudor Turcu’s voice, the song manages to convey very little feeling, and the repetition of the word “limitless” on loop gets grating the 20th time around. The X Factor Romania winner has a second song in the selection, “Walking In Time”, that is even worse. But who knows? We might see him in the semi-final with one of them.
Nora Denes’s good voice and song are compromised by ridiculous lyrics. The chorus in particular is laughable: “Praying for forgiveness for all the pollution / I pray my conscience will be bothered / Cuz there’s no us if there’s no you.”
Why did she bother with English lyrics?
Banda Hoinarii’s “Balkanitza” is a hot mess that is trying to emulate Zdob si Zdub, but only manages to irritate with its awful singing and nonsensical lyrics.
Not to mention that Romania is not really part of the Balkan Peninsula.
The downright hilar
Romania manages to outdo Moldova when it comes to wacky numbers. We can hardly wait to watch the live performances of songs like the ones below. We’re picking just three, because we don’t want your ears to bleed. Attention: side-splitting realness guaranteed!
What happens next?
TVR will air the recorded live auditions in episodes of Euroshow between 5-11 February. On 12 February the jury will announce, during a live broadcast, the 15 semi-finalists who are going to face off in Bucharest on Sunday, 26 February.
The National Final is scheduled for 5 March. The host city is yet to be decided by TVR.
What do you make about the calendar of Selectia Nationala 2017? Is it a good idea to listen to the performers live before picking the semi-finalists? And who is your favourite so far? Sound off below!
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