Eurovision 2018: Three More Qualifiers in Romania!

Over the weekend, the second semi-final in Romania’s national selection, Selecția Națională took place, where another 12 songs took to the stage hoping to receive one of just three qualifying places to the final.

This week, the show took place in Timişoara, and the show was opened by Ricardo Caria performing last year’s winning Eurovision entry, Amar Pelos Dois. He also performed the closing act, ‘Lisboa.’ The interval act for this week’s show featured performances from Cargo, Lavinia Răducanu and Neda Ukraden.

Here are the competing artists from the second semi-final:

  • Pragu’ de Sus – Te Voi Chema

  • Miruna Diaconescu – Run for You

  • MIHAI – Heaven

  • Othello – Noi Suntem Pădure

  • Alessandro Dănescu – Breaking Up

  • Jessie Baneş – Lightning Strikes

  • Romeo Zaharia – Maybe This Time

  • Rafael & Friends – We Are One

  • Serena – Safari

  • Endless ft. Maria Grosu – Thinking About You

  • Meriem – End the Battle

  • Jukebox ft. Bella Santiago – Auzi cum bate

As we know from last week, the top three acts are selected solely through a jury vote, with the jury consisting of Liliana Ştefan, Viorel Gavrilă, Ilinca Băcilă, Nicu Patoi and Marian Ionescu. In the final however, the winner will be determined by televote only.

Let’s get into this week’s voting!

Top 3 votes from Liliana Ştefan: Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago, Rafael & Friends, Jessie Baneş

Top 3 votes from Viorel Gavrilă: Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago, MIHAI, Romeo Zaharia

Top 3 votes from Ilinca Băcilă: Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago, MIHAI, Jessie Baneş

Top 3 votes from Nicu Patoi: Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago, MIHAI, Rafael & Friends

Top 3 votes from Marian Ionescu: Rafael & Friends, Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago, Endless feat. Maria Grosu

So as we can see, there was a near unanimous decision regarding who was the best of this week’s semi-final, and that was Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago with the song Auzi cum bate. With the points combined, they scored 58 points, whilst second place Rafael & Friends scored a total of 40. Coming in a close third place was Eurovision 2006 participant for Romania, MIHAI with his song Heaven.

Next week we’ll see the next 12 acts perform their entries, and this show will be hosted in Craiova. Here are the competing acts:

  • Aurel Dincă – Fire in the Sky

  • Ayona – The Story Goes On

  • Carolina Gorun – Reach Out for the Stars

  • Diana Brătan – Paint It Rainbow

  • Elena Hasna – Revival

  • Eliza Chifu – So Good Without You

  • Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin – All the Love Away

  • Mareş Pană – Daydreamer

  • Tavi Clonda – King

  • VYROS – La La La

  • Xandra – Try

  • Zavera – Come Back To Me

Photo Credit: Ioana Hameeda (TVR)