No Selectia Nationala happens without a scandal — so goes the saying in Romania. After pop star Lora withdrew from TVR‘s national selection for Eurovision earlier this month, another contestant is making claims that suggest plenty of behind-the-scenes drama. Florin Chilian accuses the Romanian broadcaster of already knowing who the winner is. That is despite the fact that Romania’s representative will be chosen 100% by the televote.
Florin entered Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2017 with “Colt de lup” (Wolf Fang). It’s a quirky folk song set to an arrangement of string instruments. The singer claims that putting vocals on top of a classical quintet is a world first.
What’s not a first is the unhealthy dose of drama unfolding in Bucharest.
According to entertainment news outlet Wowbiz, Florin has said that TVR has already chosen the winner of Selectia Nationala. He also claimed that this was why Lora withdrew her song “I Know” from competition.
The song that will represent Romania at Eurovision has already been selected. I’ve known it for two days. Lora certainly found out earlier than me and withdrew. I will not withdraw and if I am selected among the 15 [semifinalists] I will gladly perform [my song] at TVR.
Lora has never stated the reason for her withdrawal. However, sources close to the singer told wiwibloggs that she based it on feedback from the expert jury.
Florin goes on to say that, although he does not know the name of the winning act, he knows that the songwriter of the winning song is not a foreigner.
I don’t know which one is the winning entry, I just know that it is not a song written by a foreign composer and that it isn’t mine. It’s OK. I don’t mind, as I expected it. I just hope that the winning song wasn’t stolen from outside, that it wasn’t written by a foreigner and then “borrowed” in the sweet Romanian style.
If this indeed is the case, it must be worrying news for many acts who are among the fans’ favourites, such as M I H A I, Xandra, Cristina Vasiu, Teodora Dinu, and Sergiu Bolota, whose entries were written by foreigners. On the other hand, the song that currently is highest in the Eurofans’ lists on YouTube, “Yodel It”, was written by Mihai Alexandru, songwriter of Timebelle’s “Singing About Love”. This makes it a possible winner, should Chilian’s claims be true.
Could Florin Chilian be right?
Regardless of whether Florin Chilian thinks he has it all figured out, the public will select the winner at the National Final. This fact makes his claims rather improbable. There are even voices claiming that this is just a fake scandal he invented in order to promote “Colt de lup”. It wouldn’t be the troubadour’s first offence in the eyes of the public. Apart from opposing Romania’s anti-smoking legislation, he has faced scrutiny over unflattering accusations made by his ex-girlfriend about his behaviour during their relationship. All in all, his claims are to be taken with a grain of salt.
The jury will announce the 15 semi-finalists on 12 February, based on the live auditions of the 72 acts. They are currently broadcast daily at 19:00 CET on TVR2. On 26 February, the 15 acts will be cut to 10 by the same jury. They will advance to the National Final on 5 March, where the winner will be selected by only the viewing public by televote.
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