Best of the Bunch: The Trials – Romania

Through our Best of the Bunch series, we gave a recap on the Eurovision entries from 2006 to 2015 and gave you the opportunity to choose your Best of the Bunch. As you may remember, the current Best of the Bunch winners were put into our ‘Ultimate Eurovision’ but it’s time to see which of the latest three entries have remained as your favourites! In our Best of the Bunch: The Trials series, we are going to recap the entries from a certain nation starting with 2016 and continuing through to the latest Eurovision season of 2018. Your job is to simply enjoy the music, and vote for your Best of the Bunch winner!

*Usually* there would be three entries to recap and vote on, but now that we’ve gone through all the competing nations with three entries between 2016 and 2018, we have a few nations left with just two entries over the last three years. We don’t want to leave them out, especially since they are nations who compete fairly consistently, so although there are only two entries, we still want to know your Best of the Bunch! With that said, if you hadn’t already guessed from the title, today’s focus is Romania!

Romania 2017

After having to withdraw from the contest the year previous, Romania was back in 2017 and as they often to, the nation chose to hold a national final to select their act. From early on in the national selection, it became clear that the favourite to take out the competition would be Ilinca featuring Alex Florea with the song Yodel It, and unsurprisingly, it won the national final by a landslide. The interesting mix of rap, pop and yodel caught the attention of fans and had big potential at Eurovision. At the contest, the nation used a fun and bright stage performance to catch the attention of the voters and it worked, as Romania qualified into the final at 6th place, and in the final managed to hold onto a Top 10 position, finishing in 7th place with 282 points.

Romania 2018

That brings us to the most recent Romanian entry, which once again was chosen through a national selection. There seemed to be no clear favourite in the selection which made it all the more interesting, but in the end, the group The Humans won the opportunity to represent Romania at Eurovision with the song Goodbye. With an impeccable streak at Eurovision since the introduction of the semi-finals, the pressure was on to continue the streak, but like many other nations with impeccable streaks at Eurovision, 2018 was the year that the mighty did fall! Unfortunately Romania failed to qualify to the final, but came a close 11th place with 107 points.

So now you’ve seen all three two performances, it’s time to vote for your Best of the Bunch!

If you want more Best of the Bunch from Romania, check out our original series:

If you want to check out who made our Ultimate Eurovision, check it out here:

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