Romania will hold its traditional national selection Selecţia Naţională on March 5th 2022, at the end of the national final season for the 2022 Contest.
New year, new format
The information comes with the release of the rules for Romania’s participation in the Contest. Submissions for the selection are currently underway, after public broadcaster TVR announced its return last week.
Selecţia Naţională will also hold two stages of a semi-final on February 5th and 12th. The primary stage will involve both juries and online voting, where the public will be able to vote on 45 songs. Following this, twenty songs will make it through to a televised semi-final on February 12th – five from the public and 15 from a jury.
Once on the televised show, only ten songs will make it to the final, held on March 5th. The exact location of where the final will take place has yet to be unveiled by TVR.
Romania’s Selecţia Naţională will return in 2022, after internally selecting Roxen to represent the nation in 2020 and in 2021. While the artist was internally selected both years, in 2020 Selecţia Naţională was adapted to a five-song national selection for Roxen only.
Romania’s history at Eurovision
Romania joined the Eurovision family in the Eastern wave of enlargement, making their debut in 1994. Their entry – Dan Bittman’s “Dincolo de nori” – finished in 21st place with a total of 14 points. At the introduction of semi-finals, Romania found their stride and were present in every Eurovision final until 2018. Romania’s best result is third place, scored twice in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
In 2021, Romania was represented by Roxen, who had been internally selected in 2020 prior to the Contest’s cancellation. Roxen performed her song – “Amnesia” – at the first semi-final in Rotterdam. However, unfortunately Romania failed to qualify for the final. At the close of voting, Romania finished 12th in a field of 16, scoring 85 points.
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News Source: TVR
Photo Credit: EBU / Andres Putting