A couple of weeks ago saw the first semi-final of Selectia Nationala take place, with eleven acts battling it out for six spots in the final on February 17th. And on Sunday the second leg of the Romanian national selection took place with a further twelve entries taking to the stage to show what they had to offer.
Who was in the running?
This semi-final included 12 acts, one more than the first semi. Initially, Selectia Nationala veteran Xandra was booked to participate in this round, but she withdrew from the competition a week or so before she was to perform. Nevertheless, the show went on. 2 Gents kicked off proceedings with their upbeat number “Ielele” and wildcard entry Linda Teodosiu closed us out with her “Renegades”.
|3.||Oliver Kaye||“Right Now”|
|5.||TMW||“Make Me Your Man”|
|6.||Johnny Badulescu||“Give Up Now”|
|7.||Echoes||“High Heels On”|
|8.||Aldo Blaga||“Your Journey”|
|9.||Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan||“Daina”|
|10.||Laura Bretan||“Dear Father”|
|11.||Ester Peony||“On A Sunday”|
Which lucky six made the final cut?
The axe had to fall. Just like in the first semi-final, only six acts would advance to the grand final on February 17th. These were determined by both a jury of music professionals and a televote. Five acts would be selected by a local music jury consisting of:
1. Adi Cristescu
2. Mihai Georgescu
3. Crina Mardare
4. Andy Platon
5. Mugurel Vrabete
The final qualifier would be determined by a televote. The act who received the most votes from the public would advance to the final along with the five chosen by the jury. Those who advanced from tonight’s semi-final were:
1. Oliver Kaye
2. Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan
3. Laura Bretan
4. Ester Peony
5. Linda Teodosiu
6. Aldo Blaga
The first five listed were those chosen by the jury of industry experts, while Aldo was the public’s choice to advance to the final. He received 539 votes from the audience putting him safely ahead of runners up 2 Gents who amassed a total of 295 votes.
These six will join those who qualified from the first semi-final two weeks ago in Bucharest next Sunday. Very soon 12 acts will become one and Romania will have chosen their act for Eurovision 2019.
What do you make of the six who advanced to the final? Are you surprised by the results? Who is your favourite of the twelve total finalists? Let us know down below in the comments
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