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Romania 2013 : Semi Finals Announced

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The Eurovision season is well and truly amongst us. With less than a month to go before all participating countries have to enter their selection for Malmo 2013 there has been a flurry of activity around the continent. Romania is the latest country to announce final details of its own national song contest, the winner of which will enter the stage in Malmo in the second half of semi final 2 on 16th May 2013.

TVR, the Romanian broadcaster has announced that 32 songs will now compete over the weekend of the 23/24 of February with 12 songs progressing to a grand final on the 09th March 2012.

TVR had initially announced that 28 songs would compete in the national selection process, however, due to the ‘high quality’ of submissions received; TVR has extended the limit by 4 to 32 songs altogether. That’s a marathon of songs by anyone’s standards and indicates how seriously Romania takes the contest.

For the first time, TVR have opened up the selection criteria to allow composers from all over Europe to submit songs to the national contest. Each semi-final and the final will be decided by a 50/50 mix of jury and popular vote. One of my favourite entries from Romania’s recent participation; Paula Seling and Ovi will present all 3 shows, which will be broadcast live and TVR and TVR+ and on Eurovision.tv. Most of the participants have uploaded their songs on Youtube and TVR will officially present all 32 songs on Monday 18th February.

The singer and song titles are listed below with some of the contestants for a sample of the song and acts on offer in Romania

01: Cristian Prajescu – The Best Thing In Life Is To Love

02: Diana Hetea – I Believe In Love

03: Phaser – Pour Toi Et Pour Moi

04: Narcis Iustin Ianau – Seven

05: Tudur Turcu – Hello

06: 9 Gardens – All For Naught

07: Natalia Barbu – Confession

08: FreeStay – Criminal Mind

09: Casa Presei – Un Refren

10: The Zuralia Orchestra – Sukar Transylvania

11: Edict – Buddy Buddy

12: Diana Matei – Ma Ma He

13: Luminta Anghel – Unique

14: Maximilian Munteanu – Broken Heart

15: Letitia Moisescu – We Are One

16: Tamara Sofi – Firebird

17: Georgiana Moraru – Wake Me Up

18: Cristina Haios – Final De Razboi

19: Station 4 – Your Heart Is Teling Me So

20: Ovidiu Anton – Run Away With Me

21: Alin Vaduva – Storyline 22: Mosquito – Feel The Same

23: Electric Fence – Emilia

24: Brigitta & Mihai (Featuring TIPS) – One Heart

25: Claudia Mirei – I Feel So High

26: Spin & Cezar Dometi – Silver Lining

27: Liviu Catalin Mititelu – La Donna Di Nero

28: Anthony – Dream Girl

29: Andrei Leonte – Paralysed

30: Cezar Florin Ouatu – It’s My Life

31: Elena Cirstea Muttart – Spinning

32: Renee Santana – What Is Love

Can any of this year’s contestants reach the heights of Paula Seling and Ovi  – ‘Playing With Fire’?

Only time will tell.

Source TVR and Eurovision Ireland

Author – Alan Cromie

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