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TVR shares more information about Selectia Nationala 2018

This year’s Selectia Nationala, Romania’s national selection for Eurovision 2018, will be bigger than ever with 60 songs taking part. The competing songs are split into five semifinals with three songs qualifying each time. Romania’s broadcaster TVR shared the dates, the host cities and the running order for the five semifinals this week.

The final on February 25th

With three songs qualifying to the final from each semifinal, there will be 15 songs competing in the final of Selectia Nationala on February 25th. The location hasn’t been revealed yet. While the jury will select the qualifiers at the semifinals, the winner of the final will be decided by televoting only.

Semifinal 1, Focșani – January 21st
  1. Lina – A Love Worth Falling For
  2. Johnny Bădulescu – Devoted
  3. Hellen – From Underneath
  4. Eduard Santha – Me som romales
  5. Echoes – Mirror
  6. Alex Florea – Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt
  7. Waleska – Renacer
  8. Liviu Anghel – Rise Up
  9. CornE – Take Me Away
  10. Tom Hartis – Teardrop Rain
  11. Elena Turcu – The Perfect Fall
  12. Alexia & Matei – Walking on Water
Semifinal 2, Timișoara – January 28st
  1. Jukebox feat. Bella Santiago – Auzi cum bate
  2. Alessandro Dănescu – Breaking Up
  3. Meriem – End the Battle
  4. MIHAI – Heaven
  5. Jessie Baneș – Lightning Strikes
  6. Romeo Zaharia – Maybe This Time
  7. Othello – Noi suntem pădure
  8. Miruna Diaconescu – Run for You
  9. Serena – Safari
  10. Pragu’ de Sus – Te voi chema
  11. Endless feat. Maria Grosu – Thinking About You
  12. Alexia & Matei – Walking on Water
Semifinal 3, Craiova – February 4th
  1. Erminio Sinni & Tiziana Camelin – All the Love Away
  2. Zavera – Come Back to Me
  3. Mareș Pană – Daydreamer
  4. Aurel Dincă – Fire in the Sky
  5. Tavi Clonda – King
  6. VYROS – La la la
  7. Diana Brătan – Paint It Rainbow
  8. Carolina Gorun – Reach Out for the Stars
  9. Elena Hasna – Revival
  10. Eliza Chifu – So Good Without You
  11. Ayona – The Story Goes On
  12. Xandra – Try
Semifinal 4, Turda – February 11th
  1. Feli – Bună de iubit
  2. ZØLTAN – Dacă dragostea e oarbă
  3. TIRI – Deșert de sentimente
  4. Paula Crișan – I Am Here
  5. Cristian Simionescu – Nirvana
  6. Alice Jeckel – Out of the Dark
  7. Dan Manciulea – Rază de soare
  8. Lion’s Roar – Rekindle the Flame
  9. Claudia Andas – The One
  10. Ioana Ciornea – Time After Time
  11. Bernice Chitiul – Too Busy for My Heart
  12. Nicoleta Țicală – Una oportunidad
Semifinal 5, Sighișoara – February 18th
  1. SAVE – All We Need
  2. Tomer Cohen – Baby You’re the Only One
  3. Sergiu Bolotă – Every Little Thing
  4. Dora Găitanovici – Fără tine
  5. Teodora Dinu – Fly
  6. The HUMANS – Goodbye
  7. Iliana – I Won’t Lie
  8. Evermorph – Life Your Life
  9. Alexandru Ungureanu – Sail with Me
  10. Manuel Chivari – Somebody to Love
  11. Maria Suciu – Sweet Nothing
  12. Denisa Trofin – Tears

Tomer Cohen to replace Freia

Together with the running order it was also announced that Freia and her entry “Fix Me” has been disqualified from the contest. The song was released in China and on Spotify in several countries already in May. Freia adressed that she or her team didn’t know about this when sending the song to the contest, but understands the reasons why it’s necessary to disqualify the song. Instead, Tomer Cohen will take part in semifinals with the song “Baby You’re The Only One”.

Romania in Eurovision

Last year Romania was represented by Ilinca and Alex Florea with their song “Yodel It!”. They finished seventh in the grand final with 282 points. This year Alex Florea will return to Selectia Nationala with “Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt”, while Ilinca is part of the jury.

Have you found your favourite yet? Is 60 songs too much for a national selection? Let us know in the comments below or on social media @escXtra!

Sami Luukela

I started watching Eurovision back in 2006, when I was only 10 and couldn't stay up to see Lordi winning. I attended my first contest in 2013 in Malmö. I'm studying journalism and I love music — you will probably never see me without my headphones on.

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