According to our Romanian correspondent, the finalists are announced. Out of 176 songs, 18 were chosen.
Froma first jury, each song could get a maximum of 5 points.
Nicola � 5p. Nicola�s debut was a few years ago when she won at Mamaia National Song Festival. She also participates at 2000 ESC. She sings pop-dance with influence from hip-hop, R&B and oriental music and I think that she can be great in Estonia.
The title of the song is “Mustafa” � which is a Turkish name.
Vank � 5p. Vank is a group that sings British pop misogynist songs or comical songs. They sound a little bit like Taxi so I don�t think they are a great choice for ESC.
Class � 4p. Class debut was in 1996 at Romanian ESC with “Raspuns” = “Answer” which was then a great hit. They didn�t make it to the ESC but I think they are the best in Romania because there sound is very modern (pop-dance) and they are one of the most professional bands in my country. The drummer from Sfinx Experience is the father of 2 Class members.
Sfinx Experience � 4p. Sfinx Exp. is one of the oldest Romanian bands which is very professional but they don�t have much success in public.
Proconsul � 4p. Proconsul's song “Cerul” = “The Sky” was rejected at ESC 2000 and it wasn�t broadcasted in Romanian radios or TV, but then it won a few Romanian festival and became the best song ever heard. I can�t wait to hear what they made for the 2002 contest.
Monica Anghel & Marcel Pavel � 4p. Monica Anghel was not elected in pre-selection for the 1996 ESC in Oslo. The duo has the greatest voices.
B Brothers � 4p. BB is maybe one of the coolest bands in Romania (it is a duo of 2 brothers). They sing pop music just like *Nsync and I think they are one of the best in the contest.
Alina Sorescu � 3p. Alina is the “Romanian Britney Spears”.
Spitalul de urgenta � 3p. Spitalul de urgenta (=E.R.) makes music with influences from balcanic music, British pop and American rock. They are like Blink 182 in America.
No Comment � 2p. No Comment is a duo, which can create a big surprise here and maybe in Estonia.
Voltaj � 2p. Voltaj is a rock band with very modern sounds; they won one of the 2001 awards of the Mamaia National Song Festival.
Valahia � 2p. Valahia were almost a winner in 2000 ESC with the greatest song in contest. But after many problems in organization the winner was unfair decided to be Taxi.
Kappa � 2p. I don�t know anything. I think it is a debut.
Candy & Gaz pe foc � 2p. Candy is a girl trio with great voices and Gaz pe foc is a male trio, which had many greatest hits. They all look very good and sexy.
Gianina & Quartz � 1p. Gianina is a TVR show hostess and she was invited last year to sing with rock group Quartz. They did it very well.
Krypton � 1p. Krypton is a rock group. They are very popular because of ballads.
Sfinx Experience & Laurentiu Niculescu � 1p.
Luminita Anghel � 1p. Luminita is one of the 90�s great voices.