Over 90 songs were submitted to Romania's national selection for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest according to broadcaster TVR. However, only 12 entries have qualified for the Selecţia Naţionala 2016. After the semi-final on Friday, there are just six acts left in the running for the role of Romanian representative in Sweden.
Six competing songs will be performed in the following order:
Impressions of the semi-final: the finalists
In addition to the competing songs, TV viewers in Romania and across Europe will enjoy the interval acts during the live broadcast from Baia Mare tonight. The members of the jury, who won't be voting tonight, will perform some songs instead.
According to TVR, Zoli TOTH Project will perform Cocoon, Horia Moculescu, Randi and Uddi the song Vagabondul Vieții Mele, Cezar Ouatu will surprise the audience with the performance of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest winning song Rise Like a Phoenix and Lidia Isac, the 2016 Moldovan representative, will perform her Eurovision entry Falling Stars.
About the voting
For the semi-final of the 2016 Romanian national selection, the following rules have been established to ensure fair play for all the contestants. After all the acts have been introduced, TV viewers had 20 minutes to vote and support their favourites.
However, the audience across the country have decided on two finalists only. The other four qualifiers were chosen by the jury.
Nevertheless, the rules for the final on 6th of March are different. It's all in the hands of TV viewers. The decision on this year's Romanian representative at the Eurovision Song Contest will be based on the outcome of televoting only.
Watch the semi-final again!
Whilst Romania is yet to score a victory in the Eurovision Song Contest, it has qualified to every single Grand Final since the current Semi-Final system was introduced more than 10 years ago. Romania has achieved third place in both 2005 and 2010.
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