ROMANIA – Romania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The song will be selected through a national final organized by the Romanian broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR).
As a consent from a conference regarding changes to be implemented for Romania’s next Eurovision participation following 2018’s “failure”, Selecția Națională 2019 has been announced as the national selection organized by TVR and its regional studios in order to select the country’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Romania had previously confirmed its participation in the contest on 20 September 2018. Selecția Națională 2019, having the slogan “Împlineşte visul!” (“Fulfill the dream!”), consisted of three shows: two semi-finals in Arad and Iași and a final in Bucharest.
Soon after, Dan Bittman withdrew his entry “Pierd” from the contest due to conflicting schedules. It is rumoured that Bella Santiago’s unreleased “Army of Love” will replace the latter as a wildcard.
TVR opened a submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries between 9 November and 10 December 2018, during which a total of 126 entries were received. 24 semi-finalists for Selecția Națională 2019 were announced by TVR on 20 December 2018, chosen by an 11-piece professional jury consisting of:
George Balint – Realitatea Muzicală music journalist
Felix Crainicu – Radio România Actualități host
Horea Ghibuţiu – unsitedemuzica.ro music journalist
Bogdan Miu – DigiFM music journalist and host
Bogdan Pavlică – Radio România Actualități host
Răzvan Popescu – Radio ZU host
Andreea Remeţan – Virgin Radio Romania host
Gabriel Scîrlet – TVR musical director
Oliver Simionescu – Kiss FM disc jockey
Liana Stanciu – TVR music journalist
Dragoş Vulgaris – Pro FM and Chill FM music journalist