Tonight Romania is deciding for Stockholm. The Romanian final better known as Selecţia Naţionala will feature six acts who qualified from last Friday’s semi-final.

While in the semi-final show there was a mixture of jury and public vote, tonight it’s solely in the hands of the public to select it’s entrant for Eurovision. TVR is expected to produce another exciting national final as Romania will try to pick up the song and artist who can give the country it’s first victory in Europe’s favourite show.

The line-up for tonight:

1. FlorenaBehind The Shadows

2. Doru Todoruţ feat. Irina BaianţThe Voice

3. Dream WalkersLet It Shine

4. Vanotek feat. The Code & GeorgianI’m Coming Home

5. Ovidiu AntonMoment Of Silence

6. MIHAIParadisio

Tonight’s show will kick-off at 19:30 CET on TVR. You can watch it via satellite (Hot Bird 13.0°E) or on webcast by clicking here

Romania is one of the few countries which holds 100% qualification to the final.


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March 6, 20166:29 pm

Welcome to this live blog… Romanian final is about to start in a matter of few minutes. In the meantime you can tell us your favourites from tonight’s show via facebook/escxtra or on twitter escxtra Stay tuned!


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March 6, 20166:32 pm

And there it goes… the opening show us a montage of Baia Mare, the city from where TVR are broadcasting this year’s Selecţia Naţionala.


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March 6, 20166:33 pm

An ethnic start… Eurovision is about exploring different cultures too.


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March 6, 20166:38 pm

A traditional opening by TVR


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March 6, 20166:42 pm

Then we see Paula Seling clad in a traditional costume and sing her 2 Eurovision entries.


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March 6, 20166:45 pm

The hosts are reminding the public that tonight’s show is 100% tele-voting, therefore Romania choose wisely!


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March 6, 20166:48 pm

And off we go for the first song…


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March 6, 20166:51 pm

1. Florena – Behind The Shadows

Florena is singing a modern ballad. Her long white dress and the smoke used on stage create a splendid effect. Her vocals are very good and she sings with great passion, however the song lacks power and drama.


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March 6, 20166:51 pm

Florena singing Behind The Shadows


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March 6, 20166:59 pm

2. Doru Todoruţ feat. Irina Baianţ – The Voice

Doru starts singing alone this pop-opera ballad. Soon after Irina joins him on stage which had her first note not pitched well, considering they are singing on the voice. Irina is holding a red rose to make this song more sentimental.


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March 6, 20166:59 pm

Doru Todoruţ feat. Irina Baianţ singing The Voice


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March 6, 20167:06 pm

3. Dream Walkers – Let It Shine
A very dated ballad by a male group. The lyrics are very repetitive but their harmony is excellent. Vocals are strong for this cheesy and kitsch song. This would be a predictable entry in Eurovision!


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March 6, 20167:12 pm

Forgive us, we can’t provide a picture by Dream Walkers as we had a technical fault.


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March 6, 20167:15 pm

4. Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian – I’m Coming Home

Time for the fourth song, it’s different and stand out. Apart from the title, the song recalls the Icelandic entry in 2011 by Sjonni’s Friends and Malta’s entry by Firelight in 2013.


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March 6, 20167:16 pm

Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian singing I’m Coming Home


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March 6, 20167:22 pm

5. Ovidiu Anton – Moment Of Silence

Time for Eurovision drama. Ovidiu is clad as a warrior while presenting this dramatic act. The song has some rock in it with a bondish tune too. For some reason I can see Roger Pontare in this!


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March 6, 20167:22 pm

Ovidiu Anton singing Moment Of Silence


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March 6, 20167:28 pm

6. MIHAI – Paradisio

MIHAI opted for a visual act for this average song. There is no doubt about his vocal capabilities but this song lacks power. The visual so-called robot dancers are memorable and it seems that the attention is shifting from Mihai to these dancers.


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March 6, 20167:29 pm

MIHAI singing Paradisio


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March 6, 20167:31 pm

Now the tele-voting is going to open and off we see the recap.


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March 6, 20167:34 pm
Tell us who should go for Romania in Eurovision via facebook/escxtra or on twitter escxtra


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March 6, 20167:41 pm

Some promo stuff… one can understand this when having a 2 hour and a half show for merely 20 minutes of competing music! Should have a winner by 22:00 CET.


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March 6, 20167:49 pm

Back in the show…Ovidiu Anton is leading with the song Moment Of Silence


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March 6, 20167:53 pm

That’s what we call a comfortable advantage


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March 6, 20167:55 pm

Zoli TOTH Project is performing Cocoon. He was a jury member and we remember him when he played an important role in Sistem who along with Luminița Anghel came third for Romanian in 2005.


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March 6, 20168:01 pm

More and more interval acts…


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March 6, 20168:11 pm

We now see a familiar face, Cezar.


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March 6, 20168:16 pm

And while Cezar is singing we get a sneak peek of the control room with the current results still show Ovidiu Anton leading the tele-voting.


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March 6, 20168:20 pm

Cezar gives a rendition of Conchita’s Rise Like A Phoenix.


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March 6, 20168:31 pm

Another bizarre and dramatic interval act. We have to wait for about 30 minutes more to know who is the winner.


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March 6, 20168:31 pm

Can you believe it, the tele-voting have been open for an hour!


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March 6, 20168:34 pm

Tele-voting is finally closed!


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March 6, 20168:35 pm

6th place go for Doru Todoruţ feat. Irina Baianţ


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March 6, 20168:37 pm

5th place for MIHAI. Non Tornerai Mihai!


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March 6, 20168:39 pm

4th place for Dream Walkers


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March 6, 20168:40 pm

Podium time


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March 6, 20168:40 pm

3rd palce for Florena


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March 6, 20168:42 pm

So it’s either Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian or Ovidiu Anton. But for now this year’s Moldovan hopeful Lidia Isac is promoting her Eurovision entry


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March 6, 20168:47 pm

Decision moment… who is going to Stockholm?


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March 6, 20168:51 pm

Ovidiu Anton wins with Moment Of Silence. He will represent Romania in the second semi-final.


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March 6, 20168:56 pm

Ovidiu thanked a lot of people and now he singing the song for one last time tonight.


Edward Montebello
March 6, 20168:56 pm

Good night and stay tuned on escXtra.com Not long now for Stockholm!

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