Yodel-ae-ee-hee! Romania‘s Selectia Nationala 2017 final kicks off at 19:30 CET tonight and Ilinca feat. Alex Florea‘s “Yodel It!” looks like the song to beat. After winning our semi-final poll and topping our Wiwi Jury rankings, it has now won our national final poll in a landslide. Basically, the duo has amassed more votes as all the other acts combined. Now that’s something to yodel about!
After the Selectia Nationala semi-final, which also saw “Yodel It!” as the absolute favourite of the expert jury, we asked you to vote for your favourite Romanian entry. Out of a total of 1,957 votes cast, y’all gave Ilinca feat. Alex Florea’s “Yodel It!” 50% of the vote. That is 979 votes to be precise. All the other entries combined gathered 978 votes, so one vote fewer than the top contestant.
1. Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – “Yodel It!”
The fact that “Yodel It!” has won our poll in an Alpine landslide should not be a surprise to anyone. The song has been a fan favourite from the moment Ilinca and Alex’s live audition was broadcast by TVR. The song is even believed to be responsible for Romania sitting sixth in the odds to win Eurovision this year.
The Wiwi Jury — our in-house panel of music unprofessionals — gave “Yodel It!” an overall score of 7.36, the biggest of the selection. Robyn said: “If Switzerland are sending a Romanian band this year, why shouldn’t Romania send a yodeler in return? “Yodel It!” is surprisingly good and even manages to hit some good emotional cues. Ilinca and Alex have great on-stage chemistry and never feel like just “the rapper and the yodeler”. I’d be happy with this in Kyiv.”
Meanwhile, William sang its praises in the Selectia Nationala reaction video, calling “Yodel It!” funky, fresh and fun, and even Deban agreed that the entry is memorable and that Ilinca has great yodeling skills.
Who are Ilinca and Alex Florea?
Ilinca Bacila broke out on the Romanian music scene when her blind audition on The Voice of Romania 2014 went viral. Three judges turned their seats and Ilinca went on to reach the semi-finals.
Alex Florea also reached the semi-final of The Voice of Romania one year later. Unlike on “Yodel It!”, where he raps, on The Voice he was the resident rocker. In 2014, Alex also entered X Factor Romania — only to lose out to rising pop star Nicoleta Nuca.
So both artists have experience in competitions. They met at the end of last year, when Mihai Alexandru came up to them with the song “Yodel It!” The songwriter made the Eurovision stage once before, in 2003, with the song “Don’t Break My Heart” performed by his then wife Nicola, but “Yodel It!” marks his ninth attempt to win Selectia Nationala again. He’s also responsible for Timebelle’s first attempt to represent Switzerland, “Singing About Love”.
2. Xandra – “Walk On By”
Second in our poll, Miss Xandra is also in her second consecutive attempt to win Selectia Nationala. Her song “Walk On By” was a hit with the national jury, being placed second in the semi-final. Xandra managed to grab 236 of your votes, or around 12%.
3. M I H A I – “I Won’t Surrender”
M I H A I needs no introduction. The “Tornero” singer has one wish after reaching fourth place in Athens in 2006 — to one day win the Eurovision Song Contest. In our poll, he finishes third, with 183 votes — that’s 9.35%.
Poll results: Who should win Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2017?
1. Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – “Yodel It!” 50.03% (979 votes)
2. Xandra – “Walk On By” 12.06% (236 votes)
3. M I H A I – “I Won’t Surrender” 9.35% (183 votes)
4. Instinct – “Petale” 7.2% (141 votes)
5. Maxim – “Adu-ti aminte” 6.95% (136 votes)
6. Cristina Vasiu – “Set The Skies On Fire” 4.39% (86 votes)
7. Ramona Nerra – “Save Me” 3.93% (77 votes)
8. Eduard Santha – “Wild Child” 3.01% (59 votes)
9. Ana-Maria Mirica – “Spune-mi tu” 2.15% (42 votes)
10. Tavi Colen & Emma – “We Own The Night” 0.92% (18 votes)
Total votes: 1,957
Selectia Nationala 2017 final running order
The national final, which follows the running order drawn by the artists live on TVR on Friday, will start with Ana-Maria Mirica. Cristina Vasiu will close the show.
- Ana-Maria Mirica – “Spune-mi”
- Ilinca feat. Alex Florea – “Yodel It!”
- Eduard Santha – “Wild Child”
- Xandra – “Walk On By”
- M I H A I – “I Won’t Surrender”
- Maxim – “Adu-ti aminte”
- Tavi Colen & Emma – “We Own The Night”
- Instinct – “Petale”
- Ramona Nerra – “Save Me”
- Cristina Vasiu – “Set The Skies On Fire”
In tonight’s Selectia Nationala 2017 final, the winner will be determined 100% by televote. We will also have the opportunity to enjoy performances by Switzerland’s Timebelle, Spain’s Manel Navarro, as well as Moldova’s SunStroke Project, who will promote their winning songs in their respective national selections. Arrival, an ABBA tribute band, will also play hits of the Eurovision 1974 winners. The show will be live-streamed from 19:30 on TVR+ and on YouTube and will last until 23:00 CET.
What do you think about the results of our Selectia Nationala poll? Should “Yodel It!” win Romania’s selection this year? Who could steal their thunder? Sound off below!
Photo: Ioana Hameeda (TVR)