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Selectia Nationala 2018 Odds

The Romanian television announced the date of the Eurovision 2018 Selectia Nationala final, but also the day when the semi-finalists will be announced.

“Eurovision unites Romania”: that’s the theory behind the revamped Selectia Nationala selection. Last week, Romania’s TVR confirmed a much expanded formatto their tried-and-tested selection. With five semi-finals and one final, taking place all over Romania, we already knew that this year’s Romanian ticket would be hotly contested.

Artists interested in competing have a month-long window to submit their entries. They’ll be accepted from November 15 to December 15, by CD or e-mail. Between December 21 and 22, there’ll be live auditions at the TVR studios for all artists. The jury will then choose who will make it through to the semi-finals, set to start in January.

Doina Gradea, Interim General Manager of TVR, explained the significance of this year’s selection.“We want to bring Eurovision shows closer to viewers from all corners of the country, in a special year for Romanians everywhere — the Centenary of the Great Union.”

The semi-finals and the final of Selecita National 2018 will be held during January and February 2018 across Romania. With six different cities across the country playing host to the selection process. The newly expanded Selectia Nationala is part of a series of programs created by TVR to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Union Day, the national holiday of Romania. The centenary will occur on 1 December 2018.

In recent years, the Romanian national final has been organised in Brasov, Craiova, Baia Mare and Bucharest. It is still to be confirmed which Romanian cities will host shows in 2018.

In 2017, Romania reached 7th place in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest with a total of 232 points. Romania received 12 points from the Moldovan jury and 12 points from the public vote in Moldova and Ireland. Some of the best Romanian performances in the contest include the 3rd place in 2005 for Luminita Anghel & Sistem, 3rd place in 2010 for Paula Seling and Ovi and 4th place in 2006 for Mihai Trăistariu with Tornero.

Ever since he placed fourth with “Tornerò” at Eurovision 2006, Mihai Traistariu has been eyeing a Eurovision return. And he’s taken another step closer to his goal with the release of his Selectia Nationala 2018 entry “Heaven”. “Heaven” is one of M I H A I’s trademark power ballads, but it comes with a distinctly modern sound. Some fans are comparing it to Kristian Kostov’s second-placed song “Beautiful Mess”, because of the combination of modern electronic production with the emotional lyrics.

Xandra (Alexandra Sipos) has released her bid for Selectia Nationala 2018. Very similar to last year’s entry “Walk On By”, which placed fifth at the 2017 National Final, “Try” is a sweeping ballad that showcases Xandra’s powerhouse voice. It’s yet another entry that is already expected to make the 2018 National Final.

Among the Selectia Nationala hopefuls we might find, according to wiwibloggs, Anuryh, an exotic model made famous on the Romanian version of Temptation Island. Her radio-friendly track “In My Head” is rumoured to have been submitted to Selectia Nationala. If this is proven true, the dance song would be a welcome addition to the live shows.