Ilinca and Alex for Romania at Kyiv

Ilinca and Alex Florea have won the 2017 edition of Selectia Nationala, the Romanian national selection for Eurovision Song Contest.

Ilinca and Alex Florea will perform the song Yodel It! in the second Semi-Final in Kyiv, Ukraine on Thursday 11th May. The winner of Selecţia Naţională was decided solely by the public. Ten acts fought for the right to represent Romania in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest after being selected by the jury in the semi-final held last week.

After the one hour voting window the top three acts were announced:

  • Ilinca ft. Alex Florea -Yodel It!
  • Mihai - I Won't Surrender
  • Instinct - Petale (Petals)

Instinct finished third, with Mihai in second place meaning that Ilinca ft. Alex Florea will fly the Romanian flag in Kyiv next month. An emotional Ilinca burst into tears when the result was announced 

The participants 

  • Ana-Maria Mirică - Spune-mi tu (Tell me)
  • Ilinca ft. Alex Florea -Yodel It!
  • Eduard Santha - Wild Child
  • Xandra - Walk On By
  • Mihai - I Won't Surrender
  • Maxim - Adu-ți aminte (Remember)
  • Tavi Colen & Emma - We Own the Night 
  • Instinct - Petale (Petals)
  • Ramona Nerra - Save Me
  • Cristina Vasiu - Set the Skies on Fire

During the show Arrival, an ABBA tribute band performed alongside Timebelle, Switzerland's Eurovision representative this year. The live broadcast also saw Sunstroke Project (Moldova) and Spain's Manel Navarro take to the stage.

Ilinca and Alex Florea have both taken part in the The Voice of Romania and are relative newcomers to the music scene. Their song Yodel It! was written by Mihai Alexandru who wrote Romania's entry in 2003, Don't Break My Heart which was performed by Nicola and finished 10th in Riga.