The Romanian broadcaster TVR has confirmed today on its website that only eleven songs will compete on Saturday night in the national final Euroviziune 2003. Aurelian Temisan, popular with the professional jury who gave him a total of 22 points for his two preselection entries, was fearing a split of televotes between his two final entries, and decided therefore only to perform the tune he believes will collect the highest amount of points; Let's have a Holiday.
Aurelian Temisan has not made a huge impact on the televiewers so far in the preselections, as they only awarded him with respectively seven and six points for his two entries. Nevertheless, his decision to drop the ballad Hello goodbye hello, which received twelve points from the expert jury in the first semi final, seems calculated with the Romanian televoters in mind. In an interview with DotEurovision.com, the producer of Euroviziune 2003, Nicoleta Ilie, stated that “he possibly looked at the televoting results when choosing to sing only 'Let's have a Holiday'”
Nicola – favourite to win Euroviziune 2003
Meanwhile, the Romanian broadcaster has launched a poll (linked down under) on which song deserves to represent Romania in Riga. At the moment, there is a very clear favourite to win the national final, as Nicola has picked up 168 of a total of 387 votes, making up approximately 45% of the votes cast so far (08:40). Her up-tempo techno/dance tune Don't break my Heart would certainly be something completely different from the six other compositions Romania has sent to the contest. Second in the poll, with 31 votes, is Paula Seling's disco number Let's go!, which until recently was known as Let's go take it straight. Paula Seling was supposed to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2000, but was later replaced by Taxi due to an internal mistake. At the bottom of the poll, you'll find Centru' Civic's Come with us and the fashionable Genius (pictured) and her hip hop entry My Life.