In Romania a representative for Eurovision 2017 was chosen

Published 07 Mar 00:00

In Romania a representative for Eurovision 2017 was chosen

The duet of Ilinka and Alex Florea will represent Romania at the International Song Contest Eurovision 2017 in Kiev. They were selected for the contest by means of televoting. One hundred percent of people voted for them, now they will represent their country in the 62th contest, which is international. They will perform on the 11th of May. This will be the day of the second Semi-Final, their composition is decent and bright.

In the national final ten artists performed for the opportunity to represent the country in Eurovision 2017 after the jury selection in the semi-final. You can look through the live story feature on Romania if you need any details.


After a one-year break, Romania returns to the Eurovision Song Contest. On March 5, Bucharest hosted the final of the national selection of Romania Selectia Nationala, in which 10 performers that came out of the semifinal took part.

In the top three there were:

  • Ilinka and Alex Florea–“Yodel It!”
  • Mihai –“I Won’t Surrender”
  • Instinct- “Petale” (Petals)

Instinct took the 3rd place, and Mihai, who represented Romania at Eurovision 2006 and was the 4th place, occupied the second position now. Mihai Traistariu with the song "I Won’t Surrender" collected more than 5 thousand votes. It is followed by Instinct, whichreceived 3.063 spectators’ votes.Ilinka and Alex Florea, who performed the song "Yodel it!", received more than 10 thousand votes of their fans. Performers in general are former rivals in the contest "The Voice of Romania", and the melody of the duo is nothing but a mix of rap and yodle.

Having learned about their victory, the duet could not restrain emotions and cried. Now the duo will represent the Romanian flag at the international contest Eurovision in 2017 in Kiev.

Other participants

Iuliana Tudor and Dan Helciug became the hosts of the selection, and Ioana Voicu communicated with the artists in the Green Room.

The finalists of Selectia Nationala were:

  • Cristina Vasiu–“Set the skies on fire”
  • Ramona Nerra–“Save me”
  • Instinct –“Petale”
  • Eduard Santha–“Wild child”
  • Tavi Colen& Emma –“We own the night”
  • Ilinca feat. Alex Florea–“Yodel it!”
  • Maxim feat. Nicolae Voiculet–“Adu-tiaminte” (“Remember”)
  • Mihai –“I won’t surrender”
  • Ana-Maria Mirica–“Spune mi-tu” (“Tell me”)
  • Xandra–“Walk on by”

In the interval of the contest, the act was made by the following performers: Timebell, representing Switzerland; the participant from Spain - Manel Navarro, as well as the Moldovan team "Sun Stroke Project".

About the Duet
In Romania a representative for Eurovision 2017 was chosen

Both participants of the duet took part in The Voice of Romania and The X Factor.Ilincais from a family of musicians and she was engaged in music since she was only 7. She participated in a couple of festivals. As to Alex, he began singing at 16. He was directed by the fellow singer Mihai Traistariu. Currently, Alex is the student of Ovidiu Arts University to get his master’s degree.

About the song

The song “Yodel It!”, which is going to be presented at the contest, was composed by Mihai Alexandru, who was the author of Romanian “Don’t Break My Heart” by Nicole in 2003 and this composition was the 10th in Riga.

Romania and its steps in Eurovision

Romania is participating in the Eurovision Song Contest relatively recently. The debut of this country took place in 1994 in Dublin (Ireland). Then Romania took only the 21st place. The best result of this country is the 3rd place at Eurovision 2010 in Oslo (Norway). Romania was represented by a wonderful duet Paula Seling and OviJacobsen with the song "Playing With Fire". This hot duet could deserve the 1stplace and host the competition in Romania, but the singer Lena from Germany still managed to bypass them by 84 votes.

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