Bad news from Bucharest. Despite being among the favourites to win the ticket to Kyiv following last weekend’s live auditions, pop star Lora has withdrawn her song “I Know” from Selectia Nationala 2017. The withdrawal was allegedly caused by comments made by the expert jury following the singer’s performance.
On Saturday, Lora performed “I Know” in front of the jury. The Eurovision Romania team shared a snippet of her live audition on Facebook.
In a statement sent to the Mediafax News Agency, Lora made it clear that she disagreed with the form of the selection process.
Together with my label and my manager, I have decided to withdraw from the selection for Eurovision. I have based my decision on how the preselection is carried out. My song is most certainly a hit, having been written by DaBeatFreaks, a group of producers who has written songs for artists like Sean Paul, Dizzee Rascal or Meghan Trainor.
According to our sources close to the singer, the jury members told her that the song is “very radio friendly, but not good for Eurovision”. Many Eurovision fans expressed similar feelings, saying that with any of her other songs Lora would have been the best choice for Romania. Because of this negative feedback, the pop star has decided to officially withdraw from Selectia Nationala.
Lora is yet to release “I Know” as a single. She’s only performed the song live once before, at Romania’s Media Music Awards last autumn.
Who is Lora?
The blonde pop star has a huge following in Romania, where she is behind many Top 10 hits, including “Ne impotrivim”, which was awarded “Song of the year” in 2016.
“I Know” would have been Lora’s third attempt to represent Romania at Eurovision. Previously, she competed in Selectia Nationala in 2007 as part of the band Wassabi and in 2010 with Sonny Flame.
The result of the Selectia Nationala 2017 live auditions will be presented on 12 February, during a live show. Fifteen acts out of the 72 will advance to the semi-final on 26 February. The Romanian representative will be selected via 100% televote during the National Final on 5 March.
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