ROMANIA – One of the best theatrical and vocal performances and Romania can qualify despite the odds and poll predictions.
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ESCKAZ.COM: As before, better camera during the theatrical parts. Interesting because not what you would expect from a rock song staging.
ESCBUBBLE.COM: Overall I think this is quite a good song and as it’s in Semi Final 2 I can see it qualifying.
ESCXTRA.COM: The vocals are absolutely perfect from Romania. There’s not a single way that I can fault this.
EUROVOIX.COM: The backing dancers are incredibly in sync with their moves.
ROMANIA – Lion’s roar, which took part in last Sundays fourth semi final of Romania’s national Eurovision selection and failed to proceed to the next round, is contesting the result with broadcaster TVR claiming that another entrant is in breach of the competition rules.
According to Lion’s roar, TIRI’s song “Desert de sentimente”, has advanced to the final, features a segment from a 19th century musical entitled “Ballad for Violin and Orchestra”. According to rules set out by both TVR and the EBU, an entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest must not have been publicly released prior to September 2017.
The Romanian broadcaster has not commented on the matter. If TIRI were to be disqualified , Lion’s roar would not take their place as they came only fifth in the semi final. However, it is likely that song will be simply revamped if it were to win the Romanian national selection.
ROMANIA – Selecția Națională 2018 is the national selection organized by TVR and its regional studios in order to select Romania’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The competition consists of six shows: five semi-finals featuring twelve songs each and a final featuring fifteen songs to be held throughout January and February 2018, with the final on 25 February 2018. The slogan for the 2018 selection is “Eurovision unește România!” (Eurovision unites Romania!). Each show takes place in a different city in Romania, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Union of Transylvania with Romania (also known locally as the “Great Union”), which gave the country its largest peacetime geographical extent.
TVR opened a submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries between 15 November and 15 December 2017, during which 72 entries were received. All entrants got to participate in auditions on 19 and 20 December, in front of a jury made up of five music industry professionals:
Liliana Ștefan — lyricist, wrote the Romanian entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 1998;
Viorel Gavrilă — composer and conductor, multiple-time winner at the Mamaia Festival;
Ilinca Băcilă — singer, came seventh at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 as a performer;
Nicu Patoi — guitarist, accompanied Mălina Olinescu at the Eurovision Song Contest 1998;
Marian Ionescu — bass guitarist, pianist, composer and founder of the band Direcția 5.
The auditions were broadcast on 12, 13 and 14 January 2018 on TVR1.
60 songs qualified for the semi-finals — 12 for each semi-final — which are set to take place throughout January and February 2018. The qualifying songs were revealed on 22 December. No performer was allowed to have two different songs in the semi-final stage, but there was no such limit for songwriters. It was also disallowed to circumvent this rule by replacing the performer. The top three acts selected by the jury from each semi-final — for a total of 15 finalists — will qualify for the final held on 25 February. The winner will then be determined by 100% televoting.
|PARTICIPANT(S) / SONG TITLE||JURY VOTES||RANK|
|Erminio Sinni & Titziana Camelin – “All The Love Away”||52||Qualified|
|VYROS – “La La La”||37||Qualified|
|Xandra – “Try”||32||Qualified|
|Tavi Clonda – “King”||29|
|Elena Hasna – “Revival”||25|
|Zavera – “Come Back To Me”||25|
|Aurel Dinca – “Fire In The Sky”||19|
|Carolina Gorun – “Reach Out For The Stars”||17|
|Eliza Chifu – “So Good Without You”||13|
|Ayona – “The Story Goes On”||8|
|Mares Pana – “Daydreamer”||7|
|Diana Bratan – “Paint It Rainbow”||6|
ROMANIA – It is reported by ESC Covers that Mihai Traistariu has been sued by an established team of Scandinavian composers. The composers claim that they were suppose to see their song in the Romanian selection and instead although the deal was signed and finalised, Mihai presented on YouTube another song. The composers claim they spent 6,000 in the production and creation of the song and the invoices have been submitted to Magos & Magos lawyers in Bucharest.
They accuse Mihai and his manager Mihaela Flora were expected in Stockholm with air-tickets and hotel accommodation paid by the Scandinavian composers. The composers conclude with the following statement:
The composing team would like to use the opportunity to warn any ESC composers that is considering working with Mihai Traistariu, to avoid any co-work with him. We have been contacted by a shocking amount of composers that all tell the same story : Mihai Traistariu lies and seems like a con-artist and should be avoided. He will be prosecuted to the supreme court if required, his fraudulent and damaging behaviour has come to an end.
At this moment we have no reaction by Mihai…
ROMANIA – The first semi-final will take place on 21 January 2018, at Teatrul Municipal “Maior Gheorghe Pastia” in Focșani, where eleven entries will compete for three spots in the final. Tom Hartis withdrew due to health problems, he was supposed to perform in spot number 06. The green room correspondent for this show will be Anca Medeleanu, a presenter for TVR Iași. The opening act of the show will be Luminița Anghel, performing “Hora din Moldova” alongside the Țara Vrancei Folk Ensemble. A thirty-minute recital by the band Pasărea Rock will be the interval act of the show.
|PARTICIPANT(S) / SONG TITLE||JURY VOTES||RESULT|
|Alexia & Matei – “Walking On Water”||53 Points||Qualified|
|Echoes – “Mirror”||38 Points||Qualified|
|Eduard Santha – “Mesom Romales”||35 Points||Qualified|
|Johnny Badulescu – “Devoted”||34 Points|
|Alex Florea – “Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt||28 Points|
|Elena Turcu – “The Perfect Fall”||27 Points|
|Lina – “A love Worth Falling For”||24 Points|
|Hellen – “From Underneath”||22 Points|
|Liviu Anghel – “Rise Up”||20 Points|
|Waleska – “Renacer (Reborn)”||07 Points|
|CornEL – “Take Me Away”||02 Points|
|Tom Hartis – “Teardrop Rain”||Withdrawn|
ROMANIA – Unlike her other half (in Eurovision 2017 terms), Ilinca didn’t submit a song for the national selection this year. She was also member of the jury which granted Alex Florea a spot in the semi finals. Speaking to local media she revealed everything about those two issues.
Regarding her absence from the national final line up this year the Romanian sweetheart says that she needs at least 3 years break from Eurovision as it was a huge pressure for her. Despite bringing along with Alex one of the best results for her country ever, she feels she needs a break.
Speaking about judging her other half for the semi finals, Ilinca reveals that she didn’t speak to Alex about this beforehand the selection. Alex was not afraid of her and her judgement as he knows that she is objective.
In any case we miss her.
ROMANIA – Romanian national broadcaster made several announcements today. First they announced the dates for Selecția Națională, through which the country will decide its entry and artist for Lisbon’s Eurovision Song Contest, the host cities and the allocation of the 60 participants in the semi finals. There will be five semi finals and a final. From each semi final three songs by the jury will proceed to the final. In the final only the public will decide the winner. The five live heats will be hosted by five different cities, as follows:
First Semi Final: 21 January in Focsani
Second Semi Final: 28 January in Timisoara
Third Semi Final: 4 February in Craiova (host city of 2015 NF)
Fourth Semi Final: 11 February in Turda
Fifth Semi Final: 18 February in Sighisoara
Final: 25 February in Bucharest
FIRST SEMI FINAL
Lina – “A love Worth Falling For”
Johnny Badulescu – “Devoted”
Hellen – “From Underneath”
Eduard Santha – “Mesom Romales”
Echoes – “Mirror”
Alex Florea – “Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt
Waleska – “Renacer (Reborn)”
Liviu Anghel – “Rise Up”
CornEL – “Take Me Away”
Tom Hartis – “Teardrop Rain”
Elena Turcu – “The Perfect Fall”
Alexia & Matei – “Walking On Water”
SECOND SEMI FINAL
Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago – “Auzi cum bate”
Alessandro Danescu – “Breaking Up”
Meriem – “End The Battle”
M I H A I – “Heaven”
Jessie Banes – “Lightning Strikes”
Romeo Zaharia – “Maybe This Time”
Othello – “Noi suntem padure”
Miruna Diaconescu – “Run For You”
Serena – “Safari”
Pragu’ De Sus – “Te voi chema”
Endless feat. Maria Grosu – “Thinking About You”
Rafael & Andy – “We Are One”
THIRD SEMI FINAL
Erminio Sinni & Titziana Camelin – “All The Love Away”
Zavera – “Come Back To Me”
Mares Pana – “Daydreamer”
Aurel Dinca – “Fire In The Sky”
Tavi Clonda – “King”
VYROS – “La La La”
Diana Bratan – “Paint It Rainbow”
Carolina Gorun – “Reach Out For The Stars”
Elena Hasna – “Revival”
Eliza Chifu – “So Good Without You”
Ayona – “The Story Goes On”
Xandra – “Try”
FOURTH SEMI FINAL
Feli – “Buna de iubit”
ZØLTAN – “Daca dragostea e oarba”
TIRI – “Desrt de sentimente”
Paula Crisan – “I Am Here”
Cristian Siminonescu – “Nirvana”
Alice Jeckel – “Out Of The Dark”
Dan Manciulea – “Raza de soare”
Lion’s Roar – “Rekindle The Flame”
Claudia Andas – “The One”
Ioana Ciornea – “Time After Time”
Bernice Chitiul – “Too Busy For My Heart”
Nicoleta Ticala – “Una oportunidad”
FIFTH SEMI FINAL
SAVE – “All We Need”
Tomher Cohen – “Baby You’re The Only One”
Sergiu Bolota – “Every Little Thing”
Dora Gaitanovici – “Fara tine”
Teodora Dinu – “Fly”
The HUMANS – “Goodbye”
Iliana – “I Won’t Lie”
Evermorph – “Live Your Life”
Alexandru Ungureanu – “Sail With Me”
Manuel Chivari – “Somebody To Love”
Maria Suciu – “Sweet Nothing”
Denisa Trofin – “Tears”