Romania‘s broadcaster TVR has revealed the names and song titles of the 24 acts who will compete in the semi-finals of Selecția Națională in January. It may come as no surprise that Romania’s Eurovision 2006 singer M I H A I is back for yet another attempt at a comeback.
Despite earlier wondering if he should enter as a duet with Luminița Anghel, M I H A I is going solo again. He will sing the number “Baya (Speechless)”.
And there’s another returning Romanian Eurovision act of the 2000s. Nicola originally represented Romania in 2003 with “Don’t Break my Heart”, which placed tenth in the grand final. This time she will be singing “Weight of the world”.
National final regular Xandra is back for another attempt at Eurovision. She’ll be competing with “Independent”.
The Australian-born popstress Xonia is making her Selecția Națională debut. She will sing “Discrete”, which has already been released.
Belgian singer Olivier Kaye will be competing for Romania. He was a finalist on The Voice Belgique in 2016, and was the runner-up earlier this year in the prestigious Romanian music contest, the Golden Stag Festival. He will sing “Right now”.
The 24 semi-finalists were decided by a committee of music experts. The acts will compete in two semi-finals held on 20 and 27 January 2019. Details of the show’s grand final still have not been confirmed, however, it is expected to be held sometime in February 2019.
Selecția Națională 2019 – Competing artists
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