Pinay singer Bella Santiago places 3rd in Eurovision Romania 2019

Jackie B. de Vega, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Feb 18 2019 06:43 PM

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"The X Factor Romania" winner Bella Santiago came in third place at the Eurovision Romania last Sunday. 

Santiago took to Twitter to thank her fans who supported her.

Twelve acts competed in the annual singing contest to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel in May.

Selecția Națională concluded with Ester Peony as the winner with a total of 65 points from the jury and public televote.

The Filipina singer had been a strong contender. She received 58 points with only 8 points from televoters. 

Santiago felt that she was robbed, noting that “many voted for me but didn't receive any confirmation.”

Santiago added: ”The judge from Denmark, winner from 2013, Emmelie (de Forest) didn't give me any points which shocked everyone in the stadium.”

During the final performance, the Cavitena stunner transformed from sexy to a tribal look to perform “Army of Love,” which she penned with Alexandry Luft.

Santiago, together with Romanian band Jukebox, finished 4th last year with their original Romanian song "Auzi cum bate" (Hear How it Beats).