Romania‘s Selectia Nationala 2017 reaches it grand climax on Sunday, March 5. The jury picked ten finalists last week. But now power shifts to the Romanian public who will vote for their favourite songs and choose the winner. That’s right: No professional intervention.
As we count down the days until the final, wiwibloggers William and Deban watched the Selectia Nationala finalists and filmed their instant reactions. Candid and uncensored, they don’t hold back – and they definitely don’t agree. Want to know who their winner is? Let’s do this!
William and Deban’s reactions to Selectia Nationala finalists tend to differ, but the two seem to agree as far as Ana-Maria Mirica and Eduard Santha‘s songs are concerned. “Spune-mi tu” and “Wild Child” failed to grab their attention and the singers’ angry style of performing put them off.
Both wiwibloggers appreciated Cristina Vasiu‘s voice and performance of “Set The Skies On Fire”, but would have liked for the song to take a more upbeat turn. As William puts it, is has ruul potential, but it’s not quite there.
In the case of fan favourite duo of Ilinca feat. Alex Florea, “Yodel It!”, William was unabashedly fan-girling, while Deban was having none of it. Whereas William found the song instantly memorable and catchy, Deban found the yodeling gimmick in poor taste. While he admitted that Ilinca can yodel and Alex can rap, Deban says these are two ingredients he didn’t need in his sandwich. Meanwhile, William was devouring it whole.
Moving on, the two liked the harmonies in Instinct‘s “Petale”, but didn’t love the song as a whole. They were not impressed with Maxim‘s “Adu-ti aminte” and made fun of the traditional panflute, which reminded them of “Love Love Peace Peace”.
While William’s jam is “Yodel It!”, Deban is obviously a fan of M I H A I‘s voice on “I Won’t Surrender”. William admitted that the ballad had a vintage quality in a good way, but says it doesn’t reach the heights of Ilinca feat. Alex Florea’s banger.
Both William and Deban found Ramona Nerra‘s “Save Me” contemporary and Eurovision-ready. They agreed that the Ramona can belt out a tune and hold her ground in the final. They also appreciated her look and the overall package.
Tavi Colen & Emma‘s “We Own The Night” convinced both wiwivloggers. They appreciated Emma’s voice and look, as well as the chemistry with Tavi Colen. William says that the song is vintage/borderline dated, but both singers are selling it successfully. Deban appreciates the fusion of sounds and wouldn’t mind if it won Selectia Nationala.
The last finalist, Xandra, failed to grab their attention with “Walk On By”. Despite Xandra’s great voice, power and control, William considers the song a little boring. Deban says it’s a good effort, but too many similar ballads sung by similarly competent ladies are already on their way to Kyiv and “Walk On By” would get lost in the mix.
Who are the best Selectia Nationala finalists?
Deban’s pick is M I H A I’s “I Won’t Surrender”. The singer has already made Romania proud and would be bound to do the same if selected.
William’s number one, on the other hand, is “Yodel It!” by Ilinca featl. Alex Florea. It’s happy, catchy, memorable, different, original, and fresh.
William and Deban share the same runner-up: Tavi Colen & Emma with “We Own The Night”. According to the two wiwivloggers, the song has appeal, it’s contemporary and fresh, without being as divisive as “Yodel It!”.
What do you think about our wiwibloggs stars’ reaction to Selectia Nationala finalists? Did they get it right? Who should win on Sunday? Sound off below — and don’t forget that you can also still vote in our Selectia Nationala finalists poll!