TVR, Romania’s national broadcaster, has revealed that 94 artists have applied for Selecţia Naţională, its National Selection for Eurovision. A jury will now select the 45 entries that will get to compete. While most of the submitted songs are by Romanian artists, 40% of the songs involve foreign songwriters or artists.
Everything we know about Selecţia Naţională
Back in November it was announced that Romania would return to a National Final format for the first time since 2019. Selecţia Naţională will consist of a semi-final and a final. The selected songs will be announced on December 23. The semi-final is split into two stages. From January 5 to January 10, the top 5 in the televote and 15 jury picks will be selected. These 20 songs will compete in a televised semi-final on February 12. 10 of these songs will make it to the final, which will air on March 5. The winner will be decided through a jury and public vote.
Romania’s Eurovision Journey
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 the semi-finals, Romania found their stride and was 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 Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses