In tonight's programme from Craiova, in the south of Romania, hosts Alina Şerban and Andrei Boroşovici presented the show, with Ioana Voicu backstage and Florina Ghenescu in the Green Room.
There were twelve songs that were in contention for Selecţia Naţională, a 50/50 mix of Jury and televoting determined that Voltaj would represent Romania in the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on Tuesday the 19th of May. You can watch the official video clip of their song De la capăt below.
Voltaj gained top marks from both the televoting public and the jury:
The running order of the show was as follows:
1. Voltaj – De la capăt (First Place)
2. Băieţii – Dragoste în lanţuri
3. Tudor Turcu – Save Us
4. Aurelian Temişan feat. Alexa – Chica Latina
5. Rodica Aculova – My Light
6. Blue Noise – Love Won’t Run Away
7. Ovidiu Anton – Still Alive (Third Place)
8. Lara Lee – Superman
9. Super Trooper – Secret Place
10. Luminiţa Anghel – A Million Stars (Second Place)
11. Cristina Vasiu – Nowhere
12. CEJ – We Were In Love
Voltaj is a very popular band in their home country, with millions of fans, and their song De la capăt has a serious theme: The loneliness of children. "The Eurovision Song Contest has an extremely big visibility, which of course helps the theme of our song and the campaign behind it", frontman Călin Goia explains. "Last year's contest has shown that songs with a serious social message have done extremely well - Conchita Wurst won for Austria, and the Hungarian song also reached the fourth place", he adds.
Voltaj has existed since 1982 as a pop-rock group in Romania already. In 2005 they were awarded the Best Romanian Act in the MTV Europe Music Awards. The band currently consists of Călin Goia (vocals), Gabi "Porcus" Constantin (electric guitar), Adrian Cristescu (keyboards), Valeriu "Prunus" Ionescu (bass guitar), and Oliver Sterian (drums). They have released more than 20 albums so far.
Ruslana who won the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine with the song Wild Dances performed during the interval whilst the votes were being counted.