Likely Televote Appeal
Likely Jury Appeal
Romania are lacking diaspora in this year's seemingly most competitive semi-final.
Two favourites were toppled in Romania with Ester Peony winning Selecția Națională 2019 with the song On a Sunday.
It’s a sad day when Wiwi has more influence over Romania’s Eurovision selection than the actual population of Romania. Nevertheless, Laura Bretan’s song was so forgettable and Bella Santiago’s was pure trash – they were both non-qualification risks.
In choosing Ester, Romania has a mildly competent middle-of-the-road song that isn’t divisive. It has a similar-ish sound to Franka’s Crazy, which finished 17th in last year’s first semi-final. The staging concept has more bite too, so should finish in a better position. The problem is that Ester only finished eighth on the Selecția Națională televote and Romania are lacking diaspora in this year’s seemingly most competitive semi-final. There could be some jury support, but that last 30-seconds has a way of undoing the early good work as Ester wails off-key. And as for the televote, it is unclear who will be voting for this. Those instrumentalists look a bit mental.
On the positive side, at least there aren’t 20+ mannequins on stage with Jason masks.