jukebox bella santiago selectia nationala 2018

Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2018 continued tonight, with the second semi-final in Timisoara. Twelve more acts competed for one of just three spots in the final. This week’s qualifiers were Jukebox & Bella Santiago, Rafael & Friends and M I H A I!

Once again, the fate of the acts was in the hands of the jury. The jury was once again made up of five members: Ilinca Bacila, songwriter Viorel Gavrila, rocker Marian Ionescu, guitarist Nicu Patoi and lyricist Liliana Stefan.

Have a look at who made it through to the final below:

Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago – “Auzi cum bate” (Hear It Beating)

Jury chairman Viorel Gavrila particularly complimented Bella for her performance. He explained that she proved it was possible to sing in Romanian at Selectia Nationala and still sound amazing – even though she’s actually Filipina.

Jukebox & Bella qualified with 58 points, a near perfect score for “Auzi cum bate”.

Rafael & Friends – “We Are One”

A surprise result based on our poll, where they only placed 10th with our readers, Rafael & Friends qualify with “We Are One”. Rafael received 40 points with the jury.

M I H A I – “Heaven”

In his ninth attempt at representing Romania, M I H A I once again has made the Selectia Nationala final. He’ll bring “Heaven” to Bucharest after getting a score of 39 points from the jury.

Surprisingly, our readers’ favourite Serena failed to make the final with “Safari”. Despite getting some praise from the jury — Ilinca was said to want to “dance on the table” during the performance — that didn’t translate to enough points.

Full results of Semi-final 2

Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago – 58 points
RAFAEL & Friends –  40 points
M I H A I – 39 points
Jessie Banes –  26 points
Miruna Diaconescu –  22 points
Endless feat. Maria Grosu –  21 points
Pragu’ de Sus –  19 points
Othello –  17 points
Serena – 17 points
Romeo Zaharia –  16 points
Alessandro Danescu –  15 points
Meriem – 0 points

Tonight’s three qualifiers join Alexia & Matei, Echoes and Eduard Santha in the Selectia Nationala final. They’ll compete there on 25 February in Bucharest’s Sala Polivalenta.

The next semi-final takes us to Craiova, host city of Selectia Nationala 2015. Amongst the 12 acts who’ll be performing there is Xandra, who placed 5th in Selectia Nationala 2017.

What did you think of tonight’s show? Did the right acts make it through? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below!

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AngieP

Serena wasn’t good at all.

About the qualifiers:
Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago: really good song. Reminds me of “Petale” last year. Really liked that too. However, I’m not sure it would do well at Eurovision.
RAFAEL & Friends: I don’t like it. How did this qualifiy?
M I H A I: Ok, we know he can sing and thesong is very good. However, I don’t think it’s original because it’s clearly similar to Kristian’s last year. I want Mihai to come with sth original, which showcases his voice and make us all be like “WOW”. That’s what I expect from him.

brunowskii
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brunowskii

I’m shocked Serena is out…..

juliansda
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juliansda

same i am so pissed

Michel
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Michel

I don’t belive that Safari it’s out. 4 of the juries are made by composers from the 80. And I know that the Eurovision is a contest where you need to chouse the best song not the best live performance with a bad song . Romania will never send a good song till those fossils are gone

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

There are much more elements to take into account. You all criticize the juries for not choosing a good song sang bad, but you all are not able to realize that the studio version that excited you so much is impossible to be put on stage. The guy for instance, had to do live, only with his voic, electronical modified sounds, not to mention that I doubt he has strong vocals. And ok, I can agree that for a good song you accept a lower vocal because the song is promising and even the vocals could be improved until may,… Read more »

Juvia Lockser
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Juvia Lockser

Really?? First France and now Romania!! very underwhelming start for the 2018 Eurovision season, it looks to a weak year! :'(

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

Strange jurization last evening. Ok, 2 songs were absolutely predictable to advance, they did it, totally deserved, even though I was surprised that MIHAI finished just in 3rd, under Rafael. Rafael’s qualification though… Very good voice (which is something, considering that it seems that there are half contestants per semifinal that can do a live performance), but the song is very weak. I won’t say that Serena was the one to miss the final, absolutely not, predictable result and she didn’t deserve anything more, but I would say that Endless for example would have been an option (just that the… Read more »

escphilippines
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i do hope jukebox and bella wins the NF. it might test my jollibee Diaspora theory.

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

I’m pretty sick about diaspora theory regarding Romania. Ok, there were times when votes from 2 countries (Spain and Moldova) dominated for Romania. Today it remains Moldova, as Italy and Spain are starting to intentionally cancel televotes for Romania with the juries. But these are the countries where Romania has a big diaspora. For instance, last year Romania won the televote in Ireland. Don’t tell me that it was because of diaspora. There were somewhere at 36-37 countries from 43 that gave points for Romania in televotes, there are not that many countries at all at where could Romania reach… Read more »

florinho
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florinho

semifinal 3 is so boring

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Of course Mihai made it with his bland ass song.

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

Still one of the fewest that can sing something perfectly. It was all just about his voice, but that was pretty impressive. He won’t win Selectia Nationala, let’s see if he finishes top 5.

Hada
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Hada

Safari was the most Expectations vs. Reality thing I’ve seen in a NF. The song is a bop, but the girl can’t sing, or dance, or dress for the song. This song needed a Rihanna, and she’s a girl at a drunken karaoke.

Polegend Godgarina
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Polegend Godgarina

Who cares lol a bop is a bop, see Satellite. Lena can’t sing or dance but she delivered.

Vale
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Vale

Lena had a ton of stage presence though

Extra
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Extra

Well.. the diaspora theory is a little bit true but just helping us to get to the final a weak song (in rest Romania deserve most of his standings), by the way Aurelian we are in top 5 most immigrants in Ireland… but diaspora getting bored to vote (diaspora from Spain and Italy grew roots here and get bored to vote every year).

NickC
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NickC

Auzi Cum Bate looks and sounds REALLY REALLY GOOD live. Much better than studio version. I have not heard all the songs yet,. but this sounds like a runaway winner.

Evan
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Evan

Aussie cum bait won!!Yay
They had the best audition performance

Gobio
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Gobio

Serena is out? What a surprise. Not really. Just another cheap song overrated by fans which is nothing special with a weak performance.

Kris
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Kris

The song is good…the performance not so much.

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

I totally agree. Not to mention that the live performance was totally different than the studio one, which didn’t impress me at all either.

JusticeForSafari
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JusticeForSafari

Serena out? i hope Romania won’t qualify for the first time

Hunter Doerksen
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Hunter Doerksen

“Auzi cum bate” needs one touch up: work on that musical transition into the bridge. It sounds like another random song starts playing there. The transition back into the chorus is great though.

EscAU
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EscAU

who gave the jury full power to choose the lamest tracks for the final

James
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James

Kapit lang, Bella.

b_b_b
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b_b_b

If UK will send the tribal Legends, maybe is not good for Romania to send tribal too, and Feli was disappointing too. Both Serena and Feli were disappointing live, like Jana Burceska from FYRMacedonia.
Here is Feli audition.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_zIGL32f9QE

Isiaq
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Isiaq

Is there any Wildcard or something to get Safari to the final? Best song by far!

Julian
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Julian

Fortunately not!

Janro
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Janro

I think i’m the only person who is happy right now.

Nickc
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Nickc

No you are not. Safari is terrible in, every sense, and I knew it would flop and jukebox will win. See my previous post please.

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

:))) Not at all, there is just an impression that ‘Safari’ is a bop, it just excited some range of people. Not a chance in Eurovision even with a good vocalist. I am not totally happy though, the juries were strange, not that it would count too much as the 2 good performaces got through, but it is still worrying for the next semifinals.

ts
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ts

Was I the only thinking that the vocal part inbetween Serena’s instrumental chorus sounded like they were saying “Taliban” which was completely off-putting for me….

Adriana
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Adriana

Jukebox& Bella Santiago were great live,just watched their live performance on youtube.

Matt
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Matt

I thought that Serena still did well enough to get through, especially against the weak field that we had here. Maybe I have bad taste, but only one of my four favorites got through (Jukebox) while two of my bottom four qualified. Oh well, I’m not too bothered because I never really got attached to any of them.

Daniel_2017
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Daniel_2017

There were several bad performances tonight, including Serena and Endless (my favorites based on studio versions). Auzi cum bate was the only obvious qualifier, the other two were the best of the night from a quite bad bunch…

Kris
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Kris

Endless ft. Maria were amongst the better performances…..

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

Surprising. I was hoping for Lightning strikes and Safari to get through. With regards Serena’s selection, I feel how I felt about Emma’s non-selection last year in Finland. Even with a not-so-perfect vocal performance and as long as the artist is not completely tone-deaf, I think juries and voters should show a little more imagination and push them through to an extent based on the strength of the song itself (especially when there is not an overwhelming alternative). Serena getting eliminated at the semi-final stage just sounds a little ridiculous!

KESC
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KESC

Ok, I just watched Serena’s performance right now, and I have to admit that it wasn’t surely the best she could offer, but she definitely deserved the final. Are you ok, Romania?! You had one of the best songs of the 2018 season, and you did not even allow it to compete in the final?
Now, I only hope that Walking on water will win, otherwise say ciao to the final, Romania!!

Polyna
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Polyna

Damn, all fan faves are so far disappointments – Alexia & Matei got through, although their performance was lacking, but Serena sank like a lead baloon.

Polyna
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Polyna

s/got through/won the semi/ TBF. Though I’m sure the reason for that is named ‘Mihai Alexandru’.

Colin
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Colin

Auzi cum bate was by far the best tonight and the result showed that. My second was Jessie Banes, though. For a second semi-final, a fourth act would be my pick over the third one, but okay. Anyway, Auzi cum bate is actually a pretty good song and the best one Romanians have in their finals thus far. We Are One is actually quite decent and I like it, but it’s the kind of song I would expect to finish in bottom 3 of the ESC semi. It’s just too dated. MIHAI is good as always, even though there is… Read more »

Kris
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Kris

The three best performances were by far :
1)Auzi cum bate ( no doubt no.1)
2)Thinking about you
3)Lightning strikes

But random rock group has to make it through in each semi and MIHAI was passed just based on name!!
Gonna be supporting jukebox and Bella now(originally 3)….my no.2 and 1 based on studio are out

frenchbaguette
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frenchbaguette

the best one won i’m so happy omg that song from jukebox is gold, romania definitely has some gems and will continue their qualification row with such quality songs ! well done juries !

Dan
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Dan

Guys, Serena was awful live

RTW
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RTW

Well deserved Jukebox & Bella Santiago. It was clearly one. It should do very well at Eurovision if it gets picked.

RTW
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RTW

*clearly the best one

Erasmus
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Erasmus

Ahh.. Romania here we go again, at least pick Feli now.. Serena was amazing live(except that random guy)

Adriana
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Adriana

From what i read on social media Serena was bad live just bad.

Jo
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Jo

Mihai getting a pass just because of his name, his songs goes nowhere, sorry.
I’m not a big fan of Safari, but Serena should be in the final, unless she was terrible live (I didn’t watch it), or they are paving the way for Feli.

Aleioa
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Aleioa

*she’s actually FilipinA [not FilipinO]

James
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James

^Both are interchangeable as Philippine languages are typically gender-neutral.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

The best act (serena) is out.. well done corrupt romanian juries

Juslin
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Juslin

Just watch the live performance, it was horrible. Serena can’t sing and some crappy dancers turned the whole thing into something ridiculous.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

It was good enough

YoungsterJoey
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YoungsterJoey

By “corrupt,” you mean judges with ears. She was unfortunately terrible here and in that previous audition performance.

ninasublatti
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ninasublatti

“Judges with ears” would not have voted for that dated trainwreck from rafael in stead of serena’s current and cool song

Daniel_2017
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Daniel_2017

I have to agree with the others who said how terrible Serena was live… She sounded really bad and she actually has no charisma whatsoever… The judges were absolutely right to kick her out…

brennan
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brennan

i thought i would be supporting romania for the first time ever at the ESC
but of course they disappoint again