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