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
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!