Romania‘s Selectia Nationala 2018 kicked off tonight in Focsani, where eleven acts clashed for a place in the final. In the end, three of them advanced: Alexia & Matei, Echoes and Eduard Santha.
In Semi-final 1, the eleven candidates — a twelfth act, Tom Hartis, withdrew because of flu — competed in front of the national jury, made up of former Eurovision representative Ilinca Bacila, songwriter Viorel Gavrila, rocker Marian Ionescu, guitarist Nicu Patoi and lyricist Liliana Stefan.
On the stage of Focsani’s Municipal Theatre, emotions ran high, some hopefuls couldn’t cope with the pressure and others rose to the challenge. In the end, three acts remained standing and qualified for the National Final of Selectia Nationala on 25 February.
The three qualifiers were determined by jury decision alone, but they will face the public vote in the final.
Alexia & Matei
The duo formed by Alexia & Matei is the first favourite act of the jury. Also our readers’ favourite, the teenage pair got 53 points from the jury for an energy-filled performance of “Walking On Water”.
With two rockers on the jury, it was to be expected that one of the rock numbers should go through. Echoes received 38 points from the jury for their “Mirror”.
In third place we find Eduard Santha. Despite performing last, he brought the house down with “Mesom Romales”, getting top points from Ilinca. Over all, he qualified with 35 points.
Alex Florea, who was the first to perform, failed to impress the jury and will not go on to the final.
Full results of Semi-final 1 – Selectia Nationala
- Alexia & Matei – 53 points
- Echoes – 38 points
- Eduard Santha – 35 points
- Johnny Badulescu – 34 points
- Alex Florea – 28 points
- Elena Turcu – 27 points
- Lina – 24 points
- Hellen – 22 points
- Liviu Anghel – 20 points
- Waleska – 7 points
- CornEL – 2 points
The three qualifiers will now face off the other 12 finalists — to be determined in the next four semi-finals — in the National Final, which will be held in Bucharest’s Sala Polivalenta on 25 February. There, the winner of Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2018 will be chosen by the viewers.
Next Sunday, twelve more acts will face off in Timisoara, where three more finalists will be picked by the jury.
What do you think about the results? Did your favourite act go through? Let us know in the comments!