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.