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Tonight: Romania kicks of its national selection

All the information you need for tonight's Romanian extravaganza!

Yesterday, France and Malta both selected their artists for Eurovision 2019. But this week’s action is not over yet! Tonight, Sunday 27th January 2019, TVR will live broadcast the first semi-final of Selecția Națională 2019 from Iasi. Romania’s second heat will then take place in Arad on the 10th of February after a week break.

🇷🇴 Romania — Selecția Națională

Show: Selecția Națională — Semi-Final 1
When:
 20:00 – 23:00 (CET)
Where to watch:
 TVR+

24 artists will be competing in this year’s contest. Five songs from each semifinal will advance to the final. These will be selected by the combined scores of a national jury. An additional qualifier in each semifinal will also be selected by the public vote. As well as this, TVR holds the right at any time to select a wild card to progress to the final.

However this will all change during the conclusion of the national final. The winner of Selecția Națională 2019 will be decided by the combined scores of the public voting and international jury. In the result of a tie, the final decision will be made by TVR in consultation with the international jury.

Can we expect any more drama this evening?

This year’s selection has already had its fair share of drama, with Selecția Națională veteran MIHAI withdrawing from the contest following the announcement of two ‘wildcard’ entrants – Bella Santiago and Linda Teodosiu. Despite this presenting the perfect opportunity to have an even split for each semi, TVR have decided to allocate 13 acts to semi 2, to tonight’s 11.

In a last minute amendment, TVR reverted to the original Semi-Final splits. Thus moving Laura Bretan from Semi-Final 1 back to Semi-Final 2. This keeps the hot favourites ‘Dear Father’ and ‘Army Of Love’ apart until the Final.

Here is the running order for tonight’s show:

DrawArtistSong
1Trooper“Destin”
2Berniceya“The Call: Dynasty of Love”
3Ommieh and Anakrisez“Rock This Way”
4Teodora Dinu“Skyscraper”
5Dya and Lucian Colareza“Without You (Sin ti)”
6Nicola“Weight of the World”
7Steam“The Way It Goes”
8Vaida“Underground”
9Claudiu Mirea“We Are the Ones”
10The Four “Song of My Heart”
11Bella Santiago“Army of Love”

A full playlist of the 24 entries can be found here.

Will you be tuning in to Selecția Națională semi 1? Who are you rooting for in tonight’s show? Let us know! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter, where we will be live-posting the show and like our Facebook page, where the results article will be posted after the show!

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