As Romania has prepared for its revamped edition of Selectia Nationala, the question of who was going to replace contestant Dan Bittman, who withdrew on December 31st due to scheduling conflicts, remained up in the air. And now the answer has been revealed. Romania has invited not one, but two wildcard artists to participate in their national final: Bella Santiago and Linda Teodosiu! This brings the competing entries up to twenty-five. Take a listen at their songs now.
Bella Santiago – “Army of Love”
Eurofans might be familiar with this Philippine-born artist, as her Romanian-language pop tune “Auzi Cum Bate” was a fan favorite in last year’s Selectia Nationala. Since then, Bella, real name Resciebelle Barrios Santiago, has not lost time in building an image for herself in her adopted country of Romania. Fresh from her X Factor participation and smashing victory in December, she was rumored for some time to be the eventual replacement for Dan Bittman, as, allegedly, X Factor obligations meant she couldn’t submit her song in time for the first call for songs. The rumours have been confirmed, and so has her entry: “Army Of Love”.
The tribal-dance pop single was co-written by Alex Luft, who also composed Xandra’s “Independent”, and Bella herself. Inspired by Eurovision pop greats and Romanian pop stars, girl mixes it up by including a bridge in Tagalog. Staying true to her roots!
Linda Teodosiu – “Renegades”
Linda Teodosiu has built a name for herself in her home country of Germany, featuring and placing a respectable third in the fifth season of “Deutschland sucht den Superstar” in 2008, releasing several albums and hits over the years, as well as featuring in several TV shows. An emotive, yet explosive ballad, “Renegades” was composed by one Jonas Thander, known for working on Donny Montell’s 2016’s entry for Lithuania, “I’ve Been Waiting For This Night”, with lyrics by Rachel Suter and Frank Giustra. Big voices are always in season!
What do you think? Do you think either Linda or Bella could shake things up in Selectia Nationala? Have your rankings changed now? Let us know in the comments bellow!