Romania Selecția Națională 2019: Qualifiers from Semi-final 1
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Romania 2019: The first six finalists selected

The first semi-final of Selecția Națională 2019 took place in Iași tonight, giving us the first six acts to participate in the National Final on 17 February.

Selecția Națională 2019 kicked off tonight in Romania. Eleven acts participated in tonight's semi-final after Mihai Traistariu's withdrawal two weeks ago. Five finalists were chosen by the jury and the sixth one through televoting.

Semi-final 1 – Results

  • Bella Santiago – "Army of Love" (jury qualifier)
  • Claudiu Mirea – "We Are the Ones" (jury qualifier)
  • Dya and Lucian Colareza – "Without You (Sin ti)" (jury qualifier)
  • Teodora Dinu – "Skyscraper" (jury qualifier)
  • Trooper – "Destin" (jury qualifier)
  • Vaida – "Underground" (tele qualifier - 1825 votes)
  1. The Four – "Song of My Heart" (661 votes)
  2. Steam – "The Way It Goes" (394 votes)
  3. Ommieh and Anakrisez – "Rock This Way" (262 votes)
  4. Nicola – "Weight of the World" (255 votes)
  5. Berniceya – "The Call: Dynasty of Love" (104 votes)

The second semifinal of Selecția Națională 2019 is scheduled for 10 February when then next six acts will complete the list of finalists.

Selecţia Naţională 2019

In Selecţia Naţională 2019 there are two Semi-finals and one Final:

  • Semi-final 1: 27 January 2019 (Iași)
  • Semi-final 2: 10 February 2019 (Arad)
  • Final: 17 February 2019 (Bucharest)

12 songs compete in each of the two semi-finals, held in Iași and Arad. 5 finalists will be selected by a jury while 1 finalist will be selected via televoting. The Romanian broadcaster TVR has the option to award one wildcard for the final.

At the final in Bucharest the winner – and representative at Eurovision 2019 — will be decided by an international jury in combination with public televoting.

Romania in Eurovision Song Contest

Romania had its debut in 1994, and has been participating 19 times since. They have never won the contest, but came 3rd in 2005 (Luminita Anghel & Sistem - "Let Me Try") and 2010 (Paula Seling & Ovi - "Playing With Fire").

Romania was expelled from Eurovision 2016 due to unpaid dept to EBU, so the winner of Selecţia Naţională 2016, Ovidiu Anton didn't participate in Stockholm.

Since the introductions of semi-finals in 2004, Romania has qualified to the Grand Final 13 out of 14 times, only missed the 2018 qualification.

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