ROMANIA – Romanian broadcaster announced today the launch of submissions for Selecția Națională, through which the county once again will decide its entry for Eurovision.
Under the motto “Împlinește visul!” (Make your dream come true!) those interested to submit their song have to make it by December 10th.
The 24 semi finalists will bee announced on December 20th.
In the semi finals there will be national jury to decide the five qualifiers from each show plus one more by the pubic.
There is also provisional option for a wildcard by TVR.
This can lead u to 13 participants in the final.
In the final there will be an international jury for the first time as 50% of the voting while the public will ave the other 50% of the final decision.
TVR has yet not announced the cities of the semi finals.
Romania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times after making its debut in 1994. The country had originally attempted to debut in the contest one year earlier, but came last in the pre-qualifying round. Poor placements followed until 2002, resulting in several relegations.
Over the years, Romania placed six times within the top 10; their best result to date was achieved by Luminița Anghel and Sistem in 2005, and by Paula Seling and Ovi in 2010, with both finishing third. Romania’s most recent Grand Final appearance in 2017 saw Ilinca and Alex Florea reaching seventh place.
Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Romania has only once failed to qualify for the Grand Final in 2018. In 2016, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) suspended broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) from all EBU member services due to the repeated non-payment of debts, which in turn disqualified their entry from participating in the contest.
The Selecția Națională, a song contest which takes place every year in Romania, is used to select the country’s entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. Its voting system and format have continuously changed over the years.
ROMANIA – Stig Rästa was one of the first musicians to see potential in Sergiu, back in 2017 when he composed him the track We Were Young. And now Sergiu is back at Romanian Selectia Nationala.
Today, on the 7th of November, Sergiu released his new track Un Nou Inceput (EN: “A New Beginning”) and he wants to participate at the Romanian National Selection for Eurovision. But Sergiu has thought for a very long time whether he’s going enter the ESC race or not. “Fear has been the biggest enemy in my career. It has destroyed my self-confidence and opportunities. It’s so weird: when I’m singing at my concerts, I have no problems, but when I’m on TV, I am almost breathless . Because I know that at my concerts, people come to enjoy the music. On TV, people will judgeme.
So I have a choice to stay in my. comfort zone or try becoming a better performer. That’s why I decided to enter the Selectia Nationala again.
Was my performance from last year better than the one from 2017? Yes. Was there any room for improvement? Of course.”
Sergiu is an indie singer based in Bucharest, Romania. He became known to the Eurovision fandom in 2017 when he released Stig’s song We Were Young. Since then, Sergiu released his first album this September, Un Nou Inceput being one of the tracks.
Un Nou Inceput is the first confirmed song for Selectia Nationala, and one of the few European songs we know is hoping to participate at Eurovision in Tel Aviv.v
ROMANIA – Gheorghe was born in Bucharest to the family of an Aromanian priest, Gheorghe Gheorghe. Many of her ancestors were Orthodox priests. She has a sister, Ana, who is a journalist and a brother, Costin, plays football for Sportul Studenţesc. Her mother, Mărioara Gheorghe is a folk artist.
Gheorghe debuted on the folk music scene with her when just three years of age with the song Sus în Deal în Poieniţă. At age 11 she joined the Children’s National Palace where she took singing lessons.
In 2000 she won the gold trophy Little Bear (in Baia Mare) with One Moment In Time by Whitney Houston. In 2001 she participated in the Mamaia Festival. Gheorghe is of both Romanian and Aromanian background.
After an internal selection, Gheorghe was elected to represent Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 with the song “The Balkan Girls” written by Laurenţiu Duţă. She came second in the voting result, but as the jury voted for her, she won the National Final.
At Eurovision, in Moscow she qualified for the Grand Final where she came the nineteenth after accumulating a total of 40 points (12 points from Moldova). After Eurovision she became more famous Europe-wide and released her signature song “Disco Romancing” which was a smash hit in Romania as well as a top-ten in Hungary and a mild success in Czech Republic, Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia.
The following single “Midnight Sun” was a top-ten success in the Dutch Top 40 and in the Romanian Top 100. In 2011 she collaborated with Dony and released the single “Hot Girls” which once again charted throughout Europe. The same year she had her first European tour, getting to Germany, Spain and Greece.
ROMANIA – Eurovision fans found out about Sergiu after releasing We Were Young by Stig Rästa, which has had not a happy ending. But now the former Eurovision Romania contestant released a new single called Tell Me.
After the We Were Young national final failure in January 2017, Sergiu took a break for almost a year from releasing new music. “It was horrible and frustrating. When I released the song, everyone was so excited and told me that I have real chances of representing Romania at Eurovision 2017. There was a lot of pressure for a new indie artist like me and also a lot of expectations. When I went to the live auditions and I saw myself in front of the juries I just snapped and sang quite bad. I felt like I was suffocating on the stage. I failed everyone who believed in my song and it really messed me up.” said the artist.
One year later he returned to Selectia Nationala with Every Little Thing finishing 4th in the semi-final.
Now he releases the song Tell Me which is also written and composed by Sergiu. The track is about the rare moments when we fall in love with somebody that we’ve just met. More like feeling, an intense connection and chemistry with a total stranger, and you feel as this could be the beginning of something very beautiful. With the release of his new single, the Romanian singer announced that his second solo album will be ready for the fans this fall. The name of the album is yet to be revealed.
Being asked if he is interested in participating at Selectia Nationala in 2019, Sergiu answered: “I would really like to write a song for someone, but I don’t think I want to participate as a singer this year.”
Although Sergiu is an independent singer, after We Were Young he was able to gain more attention and his latest singles all reached the Top 5iTunes Romanian Chart. Right now he is also scheduling a small promo tour in Romania for his upcoming album.
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Ce ciudat, imi e frica. Parca niciodata nu mi-a mai fost atata de frica sa lansez o piesa. Pentru ca habar nu am daca va place sau nu. Am optat pentru o orchestratie minimalista, o tema frumoasa si un vizual cat mai dragut si potrivit pentru aceasta piesa. Chiar va rog imi spuneti parerea voastra sincera (de preferat pe Youtube, in comentarii). TELL ME, link in bio! ☺️
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ROMANIA – International top artists on the Golden Stag Festival stage: James Blunt, Amy MacDonald, Edvin Marton and winners of The Eurovision Song Contest to hold solo concerts in Brasov from August 29th to September 2nd.
The Golden Stag festival is to carry on the tradition of solo concerts held by important international singers. 50 years after the first edition of The Golden Stag Festival, Romanian Television will treat the public in Piata Sfatului and the television audience with a number of solo concerts performed by top Romanian and international artists.
The Golden Stag 2018 –an anniversary edition, will offer performances from top singers,who have won our appreciation over the years with hits such as „ You’re beautiful”, „Goodbye”, My Lover”, „This is life”, namely the British singer James Blunt or the Scottish singer Amy MacDonald.
But this is not all! The Golden Stag festival , organized by TVR, will present concerts performed by singers who have won a top place in the Eurovision Song Contest : the winner of the Big Trophy Gigliola Cinquetti (1964), as well the Cyprus singer Eleni Foureira, number two in 2018 ESC.
The famous violin player and composer Edvin Marton, known for his unique talent of combining classical music with pop-rock, will also be present on the Festival stage this year.
The good news continue, since the organizers promise to bring another top artist on the Festival stage.His name will be shortly made public.
The solo concerts, to be held during the whole duration of the festival – 29 August-2 September – will also be moments of respite for the contestants to the International Music Contest. This year, 18 singers will compete for the Big Trophy of the Festival.
Dedicated to the Romania Centenary and to the festival semicentenary -The Golden Stag will have a special format, featuring an Anniversary Gala, two days of contest, a Festival Gala and solo concerts by special guest stars.
The Festival will close with the show „Romania Centenary”, a music show in which Romanian traditional folk music will be side by side with modern versions of this music genre.
The event will be broadcast live and exclusively by the Romanian Television.
The International Golden Stag festival has started in 1968 and has had 17 editions, the last one in 2009.The event has become the biggest international music festival organised in Romania and, traditionally, in Brasov.
Over the years, this prestigious festival has seen performances from stars such as Diana Ross, Amalia Rodrigues, Julio Iglesias, Dalida, Sheryl Crow, Tom Jones, Juliette Greco, Vaya con Dios, Coolio, Cristina Aguilera, Cliff Richard, Kenny Rogers, Ricky Martin, Kelly Family, Patricia Kaas, Gilbert Becaud, Josephine Baker, Toto Cutugno, Enrico Macias, Boy George, James Brown, Ray Charles, UB 40, Scorpions, Pink and many others.
Given its high performance , The Golden Stag represents not only a prestigious TVR brand but also a national brand, the festival being watched by an impressive number of people all over the country.