Tonight, the first semi-final of Romania’s Selectia Nationala took place. And with eleven acts battling for the six final spots, the drama and tension was high.

While they all wanted to bring their songs to the grand final, only six will have the chance to do so. And they are…

Trooper – “Destin”
Teodora Dinu – “Skyscraper”
Dya and Lucian Colareza – “X”
Claudiu Mirea – “We Are the Ones”
Bella Santiago – “Army Of Love”
Vaida – “Underground”

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That means the eliminated acts are: Berniceya, Ommieh and Anakrisez, Nicola, Steam and The Four

Guest performer Iuliana Beregoi from Moldova reminded us that Loreen’s “Euphoria” is a timeless hit.

Five entries qualified from the jury vote made up of Adi Cristecsu, Mihai Georgescu, Crina Mardare, Andy Platon and Mugurel Vrabete. Trooper, Teodora Dinu, Dya and Lucian Coloreza, Claudiu Mirea and Bella Santigo reached the top five of the jury voting.

It was then up to the public to decide on which act would join them in the grand final. The televote handed the last spot in the final to Vaida.

Did your favourites make it through? Do you think that Bella Santiago has a chance to win it all? Or can The Four challenge her in the final? Let us know in the comments box down below!

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AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

SF 2 after-show qualifying prediction: Xonia, TMW, Johnny Badulescu, Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan, Laura Bretan, Ester Peony.

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I have to start reading around….I didn’t even know that Xandra had withdrawn. Where’s the article? I mean, wasn’t she one of the favourites?
https://www.facebook.com/xandra.official/

Veta
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Veta

The Way It Goes was clearly ROBBED!!

Stian F
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Stian F

Message to Trooper: King of Trolls wants his song back.

Its pretty much the same song… performed in Norwegian MGP in 2008.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOl4HCZGJOg

AurelianTamisan
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AurelianTamisan

I think you’re the only one hearing that. And I doubt that Trooper were studying MGP songs. They are doing their music, in a pretty classic Romanian rock way.

jessica
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jessica

If Bella does win, I hope they make certain changes to the song and to the actual performance itself. They need to distance themselves as much as possible from Cyprus 2018 for them to have a chance of winning. Otherwise, a lot would just see this as a Fuego 2.0 (if they haven’t already).

Tom
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Tom

What you guys don’t understand about all of these shows that 90% of the viewers/voters listen to the songs for the first time during the live shows. So they assess each performance based on the staging, vocal performance and the song ofc. The Four had a good song, but the live performance was one of the worst. It was obvious that they wouldn’t make it. It’s Florina all over again. xD

florin
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florin

bella santiago is blocking people who dont like her song on her facebook page.. what a joke she became

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

Bella Thieftiago, Bella Faketiago, Bella Yawntiago, Bella Fraudtiago, Bella Copytiago, Bella Xeroxtiago, Bella Plagiartiago, Bella Mimictiago…thank you, next

romanian
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romanian

Do we know the names of international jurors? I liked how Destination Eurovision presented the jurors.
If Laura wanted to be in second semifinal, because she had other commitments (and it looks like she did it in the last moment, because otherwise would not be 11 acts in semi 1, and 13 acts in semi 2), I wonder if she is ready for Eurovision. Will she have time for pre parties?

Petersu
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Petersu

Jesus, Philipinos are so over enthusiastic for every competition they are in. Now even in Wiwibloggs…Anyone watching Asia’s Next Top Model know what happened when their representatives didn’t win. Get ready for the hate comments all over social media if Bella loses.

Kylie
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Kylie

Whaaat? Lol I don’t think so. Not a lot of Filipinos actually go GAGA over her. Eurovision is nonexistent here in the Philippines. If she manages to win SN, then that’s great and if not, well, not a lot of Filipinos would care anyways.

MARXANATIC
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MARXANATIC

The media in the Philippines will surely shine some light to her and Eurovision if she manages to represent Romania

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

LOL true, and you can see some of them here at Wiwi already. They’re so crazy that they don’t even acknowledge what a copycat she is, even as she has ripped off other Filipino singers during her X Factor journey. I still hope she wins this national selection so we can see the meltdowns when she doesn’t make it to the finals in Eurovision. Dami Im, Anggun >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>Bella Copycat Thieftiago

Rome
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Rome

Bella Santiago’s entry is just Cyprus 2018 with male dancers. She is a good performer, but the whole act seems ridiculously familiar.

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

It’s ridiculous. Period.

Peter M
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Peter M

I absolutely hate when songs basically sacrifice a chorus and just put a silly dance beat between verses. I didn’t like “Fuego” either tbh.

Yaa
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Yaa

Bella Santiago is now a legit doppelganger of Eleni Foureira, she also copied the choreography, God have mercy !

Sal
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Sal

Really??
Eleni’s hair-whipping was hardly revolutionary…

Khan
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Khan

I love Eleni but you need to shut up. Bella’s not copying anyone.

Lady Gagarina
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Lady Gagarina

Yes she is, it’s very clear to see. She has built many other past performances based on others, even from other Filipino singers. Just watch Youtube

MusicIstheKey
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MusicIstheKey

Great – but not surprising – that “Army Of Love” is in. And I also think “The Tropper” (silly lai lai lai-parts though) and maybe “We are the One” desvered to make it. But I disagree with these results overall. I found “Rock My Way”, “Song Of My Heart” and especially “The Way It Goes” all original / great songs that deserved to make it. Instead we got dull generic songs as “Underground”. Or downright very bad songs as “Without You”. It sounded like (another) bad version of their 2008 entry

Daniel
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Daniel

Well, I agree with you, but yesterday the 6 qualified songs had the best live performances

Veta
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Veta

I feel really sorry for “The Way It Goes”, it was my absolute favourite. I am more than sure the international jury would have liked it. Maybe Romanian jury felt the danger coming from this song for TVR favourites and decided to get rid of it in such way..

Louis Raymond
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Louis Raymond

Nicola and The Four had excellent song imo, better than Trooper and Dya&Lucian Colareza …

Briekimchi
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Briekimchi

I’m like the biggest Nicola song but it took her a long time to get comfortable vocally.
The Four were even worse.
You are right though…both had songs good enough to qualify. Sometimes, national finals need to overlook vocal miscues!

Colin
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Colin

Congrats to Vaida, Bella and Teodora. I really wanted these 3 to qualify.

Alex
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Alex

The Four had an excellent song. They deserved the final not Without You (Sin ti).

Irish esc
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Irish esc

Sad the four are gone : ( but at least some of my other favourites made it : )

Adriana
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Adriana

The Four was very weak live ,shame as the song was good .Teodora was bad live also.

Polegend Godgarina
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That tragic song in Spanish made it but not Berniceya? SCAUN ELECTRIC

Matthew
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Matthew

Wait, what happened to Laura Bretan? And The Four?

florin
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florin

she is in second semifinal

Claudie
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Claudie

Laura is in second semi. The four failed to qualify

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

She got moved to the second semi final because of some withdrawals

Matthew
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Matthew

Phew, got worried there.

Geo
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Geo

No, Laura Bretan is in the 2nd because she said she had other commitments, and I think TVR agreed, they didn’t want two fan favorites in the same semifinal (Bella and Laura). Even if that means the semifinals became unballanced (11 acts in the first one, 13 acts in the 2nd one)

James
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James

I’m probably going O.C. on this but is it difficult to have one of the semi 2 finalists be moved to the other in Laura’s place so it would still be a 12-12 ratio?

Yaa
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Yaa

Relax, Laura will win anyway, there is no real competition for her this year, tbh.