Early exit for Nicola (ESC 2003) in Romania

Nicola’s comeback attempt to the Eurovision Song Contest has turned out to be a deception. Six acts have made it through the first semi-final for Romania’s national selection show for Eurovision 2019, but the artist that took part in 2003 was not a part of them.

Romanian Television’s Selectia Nationala kicked off on Sunday with its first semi-final, with 11 acts battling for a chance to represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv.

Here is the list of tonight’s performers in their draw order, with qualifiers in bold:

Trooper – “Destin”
Berniceya – “The Call: Dynasty of Love”
Ommieh and Anakrisez – “Rock This Way”
Teodora Dinu – “Skyscraper”
Dya and Lucian Colareza – “Without You (Sin ti)”

Nicola – “Weight of the World”
Steam – “The Way It Goes”
Vaida – “Underground”
Claudiu Mirea – “We Are the Ones”

The Four – “Song of My Heart”
Bella Santiago – “Army of Love”

A jury decided on the first five qualifiers: Trooper, Teodora Dinu, Dya and Lucian Colareza, Claudiu Mirea, and Bella Santiago. The sixth qualifier, Vaida, won a spot at the final by receiving the most televotes among the remaining contestants.

These six acts will return for the grand final of the competition, where they will be joined by six more finalists from the second semi-final, which will be held on the 10th February. The final is set to air on the 17th of February.