A few days ago we left behind Lisbon 2018 and are now on full speed towards Tel Aviv 2019. We have our first Eurovision song for May courtesy of Albania, and several countries are giving us their national final songs.
Today Romania joins that list. The collection of songs for the Selectia Nationala 2019 semi-finals is ready and they’ve been released on broadcaster TVR’s YouTube page. After Romania’s first ever non-qualification last year with ‘Goodbye‘ by The Humans, they’ll be aiming to get back to the final, so does the quality match up?
Well, twenty-three songs will compete to become Romania’s entry at Eurovision 2019 and they represent a vast array of genres and sounds. We go from ska-tinged Europop from duo Steam with their track ‘The Way It Goes’, to a power track with acoustic elements from Teodora Dinu with ‘Skyscraper’ — I’m getting Elhaida Dani vibes for sure.
The songs are often vibrant and exciting, with so much to choose from. There really is something for everyone, and there are tracks which could break into the final and succeed for Romania. They have options that belong firmly in 2019 from artists such as Xandra (‘Independent’) and Ester Peony (‘On A Sunday’).
The return of MIHAI
As always, MIHAI is in the selection, though his song leaked last week. The track is called ‘Baya’ and has all the summer sunshine vibes. There is a Greek sounding element to the track, and has already had a mixed reception from Eurofans on Twitter.
can’t stop listening to that M I H A I song tbh pic.twitter.com/QFirOeifZZ
— Sasha ?? (@eurotrashsash) December 22, 2018
Can Mihai stop entering Selectia Nationala, we are so tired of him
— Matilda ???? (@matilda_teodora) December 20, 2018
Last year the national final was regarded as having some of the best choices in all the selections, with fan favourites such as ‘Auzi Cum Bate’ by Jukebox & Bella Santiago, and ‘Safari’ by Selena not making the cut for Eurovision. It was surprising then that a non-qualifying track would be chosen, but Goodbye was still a great song in a tough year at the contest.
Do you have a favourite track on the list? Who do you think can bring Romania back to the Grand Final at Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!