Eurovision 2019

#ROMANIA: Live blog of Selectia Nationala 2019 2nd Semi-Final from 20:00 CET

Buna seara Europa si Buna dimineata Australia! Tonight we’re going to find out the next six acts to qualify for the Finals of Selectia Nationala 2019! Good luck Romania and hope you’ll make great decisions!

As for you dear readers, sit back and relax, and let Eurovision Ireland’s own Mr. B entertain and inform you. As always, feel free to tell me what you think and give your opinions about tonight’s Final and who your favourites are! I might even shout out to you in the blog 

The 2nd Semi-Final comes to us live from ‘Sala Sporturilor Victoria’ in the beautiful city of Arad, where 12 songs will be battling it out for a chance to get that ticket to Tel Aviv in May. The running order for tonight’s show is as follows:

  1. 2 Gents – Ielele (Fairies)
  2. Georgy – Tears
  3. Olivier Kaye – Right now
  4. Xonia – Discrete
  5. TWM – Make me your man
  6. Johnny Badulescu – Give up now
  7. Echoes – High heels on
  8. Aldo Blaga – Your journey
  9. Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – Daina
  10. Laura Bretan – Dear Father
  11. Ester Peony – On a Sunday
  12. Linda Teodosiu – Renegades

Tonight a number of maximum 5 acts will qualify based only on the decision of a National Jury whilst the public will have the chance to qualify another song to the final.

You can watch the show live here or here, but I do hope you’ll have a look to see what my opinions are. For the ones wondering, I’ve been watching Eurovision since 1994 so I might know a thing or two about this competition… or maybe I’m just fooling myself that I do :))) The choice to read further is yours, but I do appreciate your views and comments (I do respond to them)

You know the drill: Just refresh this page to get the comments, points of view and all that Eurovision Ireland goodness you know and love!

  LIVE BLOG STARTS HERE!!

Good evening everyone! I’m Mr. B and will be with you tonight, commenting the second Semi-Final of Selectia Nationala 2019!

Get your snacks and drinks, enjoy and refresh this page for updates! We begin shortly!

Ladies and gents, we’re live from Arad! Are you excited about tonight’s show?

Like in the first semi, the show starts with a group of dancers.

The stage seems to be the same that we saw in Iasi two weeks ago.

Tonight’s host Aurelian and Ilinca just reminded us the qualifiers from the first Semi-Final.

Now we are reminded the rules of voting. The jury will qualify the next 5 acts for the final, whilst the public will decide the last act to go through.

Crina Mardare, Adi Cristescu, Mihai Georgescu, Andi Platon, and Mugurel Vrabete form the jury this Semi-Final.

‘Are you ready for a mega-show?’ the hosts ask. Yes, we are, so let’s get started!

2 Gents – Ielele (Fairies)

Doru Todorut and Ciprian Rogojan are the 2 Gents. If the beat sounds familiar, you should blame Ciprian – a former member of Sistem (ESC 2005 – Let Me Try).

I’m enjoying the chorus, but the rest lacks more energy. Maybe a few more backing-vocals?

We just saw some kind of tribal Macarena on the stage. Well, it’s not forgettable, but I want more from this song.

Georgy – Tears

Georgy is alone on the stage singing her ballad. It’s good, but it’s not my cup of tea. (Sorry for not saying more, but my feed lost sound so I had to switch to another one).

Olivier Kaye – Right now

It already reminds me of ‘Somebody that I used to know’, but that’s not a bad thing. Olivier has a very strong voice. He is Belgian, but won the public award at the international music festival Golden Stag last year in Brasov (Romania). He knows what he’s doing. The best performance of the night. Should qualify.

And we’re for the first time tonight in the Green Room.

Xonia – Discrete

Xonia was born in Australia from Romanian parents but built her musical career in Romania, after moving here.

Xonia is wearing a catsuit that imitates a snakeskin. She’s moving like a reptile too. Next, another dancer appears and they do a ballet number. That was totally unnecessary. This was one of my favourite ballads in the competition, but tonight it sounds weak and the focus was shifted on the weird choreography.

TWM – Make me your man

I must admit this one was a small guilty pleasure of mine. His voice is really good: raspy and strong, reminding me of the good old times.

The backing-vocalists are disjointed, out of sync with their movements. It all looks underrehearsed. Having said that, there is time for improvement, because the voices don’t sound so bad together …actually.

Johnny Badulescu – Give up now

Johnny has two backing-vocalists and two dancers, yet the stage feels empty. One thing I can’t fault him: he has a very beautiful voice and he sings with conviction. Some fireworks at the crescendo of the song would have been nice.

And on that note, I know you sing from the heart, but we need to see you connect with the camera. If you don’t look at the camera, the audience can’t connect with you.

Another ad break, stay tuned!

But we’re back with the last 6 acts!

Echoes – High heels on

Echoes have tried last year too and here they are again trying to convince the Romanian public to send them to Tel Aviv.

They are bringing again that funky sound to the stage, but I do have to admit that last year’s song was a better choice.

Whilst I see the effort in this performance, for me, it still lacks more energy.

Aldo Blaga – Your journey

Aldo’s song sounds magical. It is simple, yet effective. Some say that Aldo is Romania’s response to Michael Buble.

I must admit, this wasn’t on my list as a qualifier, but now I can see it qualify. It was a beautiful performance that came alive on the stage.

Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – Daina

Come on Letitia! This is one of my favourites tonight.

This song builds a bit too much until it explodes, but when it does, it does in a big Balkan Style. I’ve enjoyed it and moved my hips whilst typing these words. It should qualify as well.

We’re back in the Green Room, where everyone tries to convince the public that they are the right choice.

Soon, the moment we’ve been waiting for. You know what I’m saying 😉

Laura Bretan – Dear Father

Laura has an angelic voice tonight. I believe her innocence and every single word. That was a magical performance. Laura did not disappoint. She hit every single note and I am happy. Will not let you go!

Ester Peony – On a Sunday

Ester is the ‘black sexy widow’ on the stage tonight. She has the vocals to sustain this song as well.

I would have liked to see some dancers or at least one to interact with her.

I like this song, but I fear it faded a bit after Laura’s performance.

Linda Teodosiu – Renegades

Linda looks and sounds fantastic tonight. This feels anthemic and has a classical Eurovision ballad written on it. I have to applaud Linda’s vocals. She sounds almost exactly like in the recorded version. I think she has a high chance to qualify as well. Well done, Linda!

We are back again in the Green Room, but now I’m thinking who do I think will qualify tonight.

So here it goes (my predictions): Laura Bretan, Linda Teodosiu, Olivier Kaye, Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan and Aldo Blaga.

Now we have Alessandro Canino as an interval act. Alessandro took part in Sanremo back in 1992, where he launched his hit Brutta.

Whilst we’re listening to his songs, the judges are deciding who will go through to the final. Who do you want to qualify?

I think we still have about 10 more minutes until we’ll find out the next 5 finalists. For now, I’m enjoying the Italian version of the Romanian hit ‘Daca pleci’.

We have another ad break, and after that, we were told we’ll know the Jury decision.

Don’t worry, we’re back!

Now all contestants have received an envelope. Let’s see who qualified!

First to qualify is Olivier Kaye, the next one to qualify is Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan, follow Laura Bretan, Ester Peony and Linda Teodosiu. Great choices by the jury!

It’s time for the Romanian public to vote! You can send another song to the final.

While the public is voting, we are shown again the dancers from ‘Unique Dance Studio’.

Are you happy with the qualifiers? I am! I’m curious who will be the final act to qualify.

Like in the First Semi-Final, we will find out the 6th qualifier by hearing the instrumental version of that song. But until then we still have a few more minutes to wait.

All jurors gave their opinion of what they thought matters while performing: the voice, the show, the energy and charisma.

The last finalist is: Aldo Blaga! Yes I was right. So happy for him 🙂

Congratulations to all qualifiers! Thank you all for watching this blog. Hope you enjoyed this live blog. Good night!

Author: Bogdan-Stefan Fedeles

Source: TVR

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