This year’s national final, whose slogan is “Împlineşte visul!” (“Fulfill the dream!”), is down to 24 from last year’s 60, that toured the country in celebration of its independence!
Now these 24 didn’t get picked that easily. After the original 24 were announced, Dan Bittman, the very first artist to represent Romania in the contest, in 1994, withdrew his entry “Pierd” from the contest due to conflicting schedules, also saying he’d rather have someone younger to represent the country. But instead of one replacement, we got two! As Bella Santiago’s “Army of Love” and Linda Teodosiu’s “Renegades” received wildcards. After the announcement of the two wildcard acts, Mihai withdrew his entry “Baya” from the contest: he alleged that the broadcaster had obvious favorites and would favour these contestants (one of the wildcards is now considered a big favorite to win).
Twelve acts were then supposed to perform their song tonight, and another twelve will perform next week. However, in a last minute amendment, TVR reverted to the original semi-final splits, moving Laura Bretan back to the second semi-final (that will now feature 13 acts instead), keeping her away from the other favorite, the wildcard Bella Santiago, who will perform last tonight…
The four songs with the most points from the national jury will qualify for the final. A further two acts which receive the most televotes will also proceed to the final.
So tonight’s semi-final line-up is:
- Trooper – Destin
- Berniceya – The call: Dynasty of love
- Ommieh & Anakrisez – Rock this way
- Teodora Dinu – Skyscraper
- Dya and Lucian Colareza – Without you (Sin ti)
- Nicola – Weight of the world
- Steam – The way it goes
- Vaida – Underground
- Claudiu Mirea – We are the ones
- The Four – Song of my heart
- Bella Santiago – Army of love
The show starts at 20:00 CET and can be watched here.