During their first rehearsal, The Humans from Romania are flanked by black and white mannequins. Singer Cristina, wearing a draping purple dress, is joined on stage by band members dressed entirely in white.
The Humans consists of a cast of band members with diverse musical backgrounds: Corina Matei (cellist), Alex Cismaru (guitar), Alin Neagoe (bass), Alex Matei (piano) and Cristina Caramarcu (lead vocals). The Romanian national selection for Eurovision 2018 featured 60 entries and five semi-final rounds. After a much anticipation, The Humans were revealed the winners, having secured the most televotes.
READ MORE: The Humans' participant profile.
Goodbye is written by Cristina Caramarcu and composed by Alexandru Matei and Alin Neagoe.
With their backs to the audience, two of band members (the guitar and bass player) opened the performance wearing noteable white masks on the back of their heads. Lead singer Cristina Caramarcu stood between them in a dramatic purple dress and the three move slowly around the stage as the song builds with tension. As the song broke into full swing, the rest of the band members joined at centre stage. What followed was an entriguing first run-through.
The Humans: "We wanted to cheat a bit!" ?
Eurovision.tv caught up with The Humans after their first rehearsal and asked them about their choice of staging: "All the mannequins represent humanity, the people. They don't have a face, you don't see a race, nothing. We're all humans, we are equal." Then they add with a smile: "And we wanted to cheat a bit! We can only bring six people to the stage, but we wanted to have the most people on the stage this year."
Romania will participate in the Second Semi-Final on 10th May 2018.