Selecția Națională 2018 1

The first Romanian semi-final took place last night at  the Teatrul Municipal in Focșani. 11 entries competed for three spots in the Selecția Națională 2018 final.

Alexia & Matei, Echoes and Eduard Santha qualified for the final, placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively, while Tom Hartis, who was supposed to perform 6th, withdrew due to health problems.

The winning song is written by the same guy who knocked together 'Yodel it' last year. Interestingly, Ilinca Băcilă was on the jury last night and chose to mark down her former 'singing' partner Alex Florea.

Artist Song Jury vote Total Psn
M. Ionescu L. Ștefan N. Patoi I. Băcilă V. Gavrilă
Alex Florea Nobody Told Me It Would Hurt 4 8 6 6 4 28 5
Lina A Love Worth Falling For 8 3 3 4 6 24 7
CornEL Take Me Away 0 0 1 1 0 2 11
Liviu Anghel Rise Up 3 2 5 3 7 20 9
Hellen From Underneath 7 4 4 5 2 22 8
Tom Hartis Teardrop Rain Withdrew due to ill health
Alexia & Matei Walking on Water 12 12 7 10 12 53 1
Johnny Bădulescu Devoted 2 6 8 8 10 34 4
Waleska Renacer 5 1 0 0 1 7 10
Echoes Mirror 6 7 10 7 8 38 2
Elena Turcu The Perfect Fall 10 10 2 2 3 27 6
Eduard Santha Me som romales 1 5 12 12 5 35 3

The opening act of the show was Luminița Anghel, performing "Hora din Moldova" alongside the Țara Vrancei Folk Ensemble. A thirty-minute recital by the band Pasărea Rock was the interval act of the show. Viewers must have been thrilled.

Next Sunday, twelve more acts compete in Timisoara, with three more places in the final up for grabs.

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