Romania held two semifinals on 27 January and 10 February, while the final of Selecţia Naţională 2019 will take place this Sunday, 17 February (links and exact time to follow closer to the event). Here are the 12 finalists (semifinal performances): 1. Linda Teodosiu – Renegades 2. Olivier Kaye – Right Now 3. Laura Bretan – Dear Father 4. Teodora Dinu – Skyscraper 5. Claudiu Mirea – We Are The Ones 6. Aldo Blaga – Your Journey 7. Ester Peony – On A Sunday 8. Letiţia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – Daina 9. Bella Santiago – Army Of Love 10. Trooper – Destin [Destiny] 11. Dya & Lucian Colareza – Without You (Sin Ti) 12. Vaida – Underground From the original 23, shoutout to Nicola’s (who represented Romania in 2003 and finished 10th) Weight of the World – dated song and awful outfit, but I love her voice. Mercifully, M I H A I decided to withdraw before the semis took place. My ranking goes by categories: Bella Santiago is nowhere near my cup of tea, but I believe she has the best package, plus I’d be chuffed if my country brought Tagalog to Eurovision for the first time. I would be absolutely fine with either Ester Peony (very talented), Aldo Blaga (love his voice), Olivier Kaye (very decent for the genre), or Laura Bretan (amazing vocals). I wouldn’t be ashamed, though I think we would stay in the semi, if we sent either Teodora Dinu (Swedish usual), Linda Teodosiu (great voice, boring song), Trooper (I’m a long-time fan though the song is not their best). We are doomed if we go with Letiţia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan (she and the song are awful, pity about SB), Claudiu Mirea (boring and repetitive), Vaida (snoozefest), or Dya & Lucian Colareza (my overall bog).