Romania’s national broadcaster TVR has announced changes to the initial list of competing artists in their national selection – Selecția Națională. In total, 46 songs will now be vying to represent Romania in Turin.
Switching in and out
According to the public broadcaster, four complaints were made to TVR in a 24-hour “cool-off” period. The period is to provide artists one last chance to appeal to the broadcaster to be included in the selection.
In total, four artists launched pleas to the broadcaster’s dedicated appeals analysis commission. The commission, headed by the President of Selecția Națională Cristian Faur, listened to the requests from:
- E-an-na – “Malere”
- Ioana Popescu – “Between two rains”
- Renate Grad – “Still alive”
- SAVE – “Deep water”
After careful consideration, the commission decided to include E-an-na’s entry “Malere” into the semi-finals. The three remaining artists had their appeals rejected by TVR.
Revealing the Selecția Națională songs to all
As a result of E-an-na’s inclusion, 46 songs are now participating in Selecția Națională, one more than initially reported.
Following TVR’s screening of the competing songs, all 46 competing entries were released to the public. You can listen to all competing entries in the playlist below.
Now, with all competing songs revealed, the first semi-final is in sight for the artists. Held between the 5th and 10th of February, all 46 songs will face the public vote.
Fans will soon be able to vote for their favourites on the Eurovision Romania Facebook page. After this, five of the songs will advance to the televised second semi-final. A selection panel will then decide the remaining 15 songs which will make it to the next stage.
Once the artists have run the first gauntlet, the televised semi-final will take place on February 12th. Of the 20 songs competing, only ten will make it to the final. Following the semi-final, the final will take place on March 5th. The winner of that selection will then go on to represent Romania at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.
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 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, Roxen, who was internally selected in 2020 prior to the Contest’s cancellation, represented Romania. 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