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Selecția Națională 2016 kicks off in Romania tonight!

Something is happening tonight… hell yeah! You’re right! Romania, one of the most successful countries in Eurovision for the past few years (at least we can say so, cause they never missed a final since they were introduced in 2004!) is starting its journey for Stockholm with their traditional national selection TV show, ”Selecția Națională’‘. After catching up submissions sent by singers and composers from lots of countries around the globe, TVR organized auditions in order to pick the final line-up of 12 artists who were going to compete for the right to represent the country in Sweden. As usual, ESC+Plus brought the info to you and the 12 artists were announced here as TVR published the official list on the 11th of February.

Let’s take a quick refresh to them all below (in running order – decided on February 19th at a special press conference):

  1. Doru Todoruț feat. Irina Baianț – The Voice
  2. Andrea Olteanu – Nai Nai
  3. Dream Walkers – Let It Shine
  4. Irina Popa – Letting Go
  5. Jukebox – Come On Everybody
  6. Mihai Băjinaru – Never Too Late
  7. Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian – I’m Coming Home
  8. Mihai – Paradisio
  9. Florena – Behind The Shadows
  10. Gașca de acasă – Tu Ești Povestea
  11. Ovidiu Anton – Moment Of Silence
  12. Xandra – Superhuman


Videoclips for each of the entries have been recorded and aired on TV since they were premiered on the 29th of February in order to promote them towards the contest this weekend.

The members of the jury panel that will vote during tonight’s semi-final are: Alexandra Cepraga (music director), Horia Moculescu (composer, producer) Randi (singer, producer), Zoli Toth (musician, who represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005 as part of Sistem, together with Luminita Anghel) and Cezar Ouatu (countertenor, represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013). They will also perform and play the role of hosts. Both tonight’s show and the grand final will take place inside Polyvalent Hall in Baia Mare.


The stage during technical rehearsals last week

Out of the 12 songs, 6 of them will enter the final. Four songs will be chosen by the professional jury and two songs by the public through televising. Nevertheless, it will be only up to the public vote picking the winner on Sunday. The shows will be broadcasted live by TVR 1, TVR HD, TVR International and online, clicking by HERE from 19:30 (CET).

Rehearsals have been going on during this week at the venue as well as some backstage reports which could be found at TVR’s official Eurovision platforms such as Facebook, Twitter or on its official website.

Mihai, who represented Romania in Athens 2006 is back and aiming to step again into the Eurovision stage in Stockholm!

Who would you like to represent Romania? Tell us your favorites and stay tuned!

About Adrián Valiente (Spain)

Adrián Valiente (Spain)
I love the Eurovision Song Contest not only because of its amazing production but it also gives me the chance to discover new music every year with hundreds of songs from all over Europe. I've been watching it since 2002, since then I became a huge follower, mostly because of the interest TVE put on it with Rosa from Spain. I've attended the contest three times, in Malmö, Copenhagen and Vienna; Stockholm will be my 4th. I also attended the Junior Eurovision in Malta and Bulgaria where we lived an amazing experienced thanks to all delegations and PBS/BNT organising team.
  • *MarioVision*

    Here is my voting list 4 tonight’s SF of Romania.

    12th) Jukebox – Come On Everybody
    Not bad song. ~~ 2,5/10

    11th) Ovidiu Anton – Moment Of Silence
    Ok song ~~ 3,5/10

    10th) Gașca de acasă – Tu Ești Povestea
    Descent song. ~~ 3,5/10 ~~ 1 point

    9th) Mihai Băjinaru – Never Too Late
    Fine song. ~~ 4,5/10 ~~ 2 points

    8th) Andrea Olteanu – Nai Nai
    Very cute song ~~ 4,5/10 ~~ 3 points

    7th) Xandra – Superhuman
    Nice song ~~ 4,5/10 ~~ 4 points
    ****** My 6 Final Qualifiers ******

    6th) Dream Walkers – Let It Shine
    Really nice song ~~ 5,5/10 ~~ 5 points

    5th) Florena – Behind The Shadows
    GOOD song ~~ 6/10 ~~ 6 points

    4th) Vanotek, The Code & Georgian – I’m Coming Home
    I LIKE this nice song ~~ 6/10 ~~ 7 points

    3rd) Irina Popa – Letting Go
    Really good song ~~ 6,5/10 ~~ 8 points

    2nd) Mihai – Paradisio
    Very good ~~ 6,5/10 ~~ 10 points

    1st) Doru Todoruț feat. Irina Baianț – The Voice
    What a beautiful song! <3 ~~ 7,5/10 ~~ 12 points