We asked, you voted! Alexia & Matei are your favourite act to win Romania‘s Selectia Nationala 2018 grand final tonight. Will the fresh-faced duo be “Walking On Water” all the way to Lisbon?
After Ilinca and Alex won everything in Romania last year and finished seventh in Kyiv, it looks like our readers want Romania to send another girl/boy duo to Eurovision. This year, after more than 4,000 votes were cast in our poll, the winners are Alexia & Matei with their song “Walking On Water”.
Alexia & Matei got 1,290 votes — that’s just under 32%. “Walking On Water”, written by Mihai Alexandru — the same songwriter behind “Yodel It!”, did not fare quite as well on our Wiwi Jury.
There, it placed sixth with an average score of 6.92/10. But since the winner of Romania’s Selectia Nationala will be crowned by the viewers alone via televoting, Alexia Urtoi and Matei Iancu needn’t worry about any jury tonight!
Fans showered the two teenagers with praise after their live audition back in December. Their song “Walking On Water” has even got the music video treatment.
In second place in our poll we find the Wiwi Jury’s favourite Feli, who got 19.26% of the votes. Feli will sing a mixed version of “Buna de iubit” in the National Final. Taking the English verses from the translate version,
“Royalty”, she’ll perform the chorus in Romanian. Feli is also the odds-on favourite to win the Romanian selection.
Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago placed third in our poll with “Auzi cum bate”. They got 11.53% of the votes and it looks like they will put up a good fight tonight, after winning Semi-Final 2.
Rounding up the Top 5 are TIRI with “Desert de sentimente” (8.98%) and Xandra with “Try” (8.68%).
In the bottom three, we find rock band Echoes with “Mirror”, Italian duo Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin with “All the Love Away”, and Moldovan singer VYROS with “La La La”.
Full results: Who should win Romania’s Selectia Nationala 2018?
The grand final of Selectia Nationala 2018 will start at 20:00 CET tonight and will be broadcast live on TVR 1, TVR International, TVR Moldova and online on TVR Plus. It will also be broadcast on the official YouTube channel of broadcaster TVR.
Selectia Nationala 2018 – National Final running order
1. Rafael & Friends – “We Are One”
2. TIRI – “Desert de sentimente”
3. Claudia Andas – “The One”
4. Echoes – “Mirror”
5. Dora Gaitanovici “Fara tine”
6. Eduard Santha – “Me som romales”
7. VYROS – “La la la”
8. Feli – “Royalty (Buna de iubit)”
9. Teodora Dinu – “Fly”
10. M I H A I – “Heaven”
11. Xandra – “Try”
12. Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago – “Auzi cum bate”
13. Alexia & Matei – “Walking on Water”
14. Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin – “All the Love Away”
15. The Humans – “Goodbye”
The National Final show, hosted by Sala Polivalenta in Bucharest, will also feature performances by last year’s winner and this year’s jury member Ilinca Bacila, who will sing her latest single “Nu acum”, and by folk-rock group Alex Calancea Band, who will provide entertainment as the interval act.
At the end of the show, the winner will be crowned by 100% televote and will receive the honour of representing Romania at Eurovision 2018 in Portugal.
What do you think about the poll results? Do you agree that Alexia & Matei are the likely winners in Romania tonight? Let us know in the comments!