Tonight’s Semi-Final 3 of Selectia Nationala rolled on from Craiova, and the results are in! For the first time, we had a tie for first place: fan favourite Xandra shared it with Italian duo Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin. The third qualifier was another surprise: VYROS from Moldova.
Once again, the fate of the acts was in the hands of the jury. As usual, the national jury was made up of last year’s Eurovision yodeler 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:
1. Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin – “All The Love Away” (52 points)
The Italian duo came from nowhere to grab the attention of the jury, who compared them to a Sanremo act and awarded them a total of 52 points.
2. Xandra – “Try” (52 points)
Xandra’s performance was praised by Ilinca, who only recommended her to add more movement in the next stage of the competition.
3. VYROS – “La La La” (37 points)
The Moldovan singer sailed to the final with the only Romanian language song in tonight’s heat.
Surprisingly, despite a pretty flawless vocal performance, your other favourite Elena Hasna failed to make the final.
Full results of Semi-Final 3
Tonight’s show also included performances by former Selectia Nationala contestant and X Factor Romania winner Florin Ristei, who also performed a cover of Alexander Rybak’s “Fairytale” with his band FreeStay, and last year’s host Dan Helciug, who paid a questionable tribute to British band Queen.
The other six finalists, chosen by the jury from the other two semi-finals, are:
Alexia & Matei – “Walking On Water”
Echoes – “Mirror”
Eduard Santha – “Me Som Romales”
Jukebox feat Bella Santiago – “Auzi cum bate” (Hear It Beating)
M I H A I – “Heaven”
Rafael & Friends – “We Are One”
The next Romanian semi-final takes us to Turda, in a salt mine. Amongst the 12 acts who’ll be performing there is Feli, widely considered to be the biggest name in Selectia Nationala 2018 and one of the front-runners.
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!