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 were supposed to perform in the first semi-final two weeks ago. However, in a last minute amendment, TVR reverted to the original semi-final splits, moving Laura Bretan back to the second semi-final (that should now feature 13 acts instead), keeping her away from the other favorite, the wildcard Bella Santiago, who performed last in the first semi… However, Xandra withdrew as well, making this a 12 participants semi-final in the end!
The five songs with the most points from the national jury will qualify for the final. An extra act which receive the most televotes will also proceed to the final.
So tonight’s semi-final line-up ends up looking like this:
- 2 Gents – Ielele
- Georgy – Tears
- Olivier Kaye – Right now
- Xonia – Discrete
- TWM – Make me your man
- Johnny Bădulescu – Give up now
- Echoes – High heels on
- Aldo Blaga – Your journey
- Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – Daina
- Laura Bretan – Dear father
- Ester Peony – On a Sunday
- Linda Teodosiu – Renegades
The show starts at 20:00 CET and can be watched here.