Romania: TVR brings back Selecţia Naţională for Eurovision 2022

Romania: TVR brings back Selecţia Naţională  for Eurovision 2022
Tuesday, 23 November 2021

  • The Romanian broadcaster, TVR, has announced that the country will be returning to the selection format of  Selecţia Naţională in order to determine their Eurovision 2022 representative. 

    Romania will be holding a national selection for Eurovision 2022 after two years. Selecţia Naţională is returning as the country's selection show which hasn't been held since 2019. In 2020 the country internally selected Roxen for Rotterdam and ran a song selection to determine her entry. This year's both act and entry were internally decided with Roxen flying to Rotterdam to perform 'Amnesia'


    Iuliana Marciuc ( Head of Delegation) stated: 

    "I am glad that I will live, again, the emotions of the Eurovision competition and I hope that the return to the national selection system will be auspicious. Any competition attracts performance and offers a chance to every artist who wants to represent their country on the stage of the biggest music competition in the world "

    And goes on adding: 

    "For me it is a great challenge, I have the experience of several national teams, I had the honor to be the head of the Romanian delegation and I strongly believe in our ability, of the TVR team, to obtain a new qualification in the Eurovision final"


    While the submission window for Selecţia Naţională is set to open on November 26 until December 10, the rules and regulations for the Romanian national selection are expected the following days. The organizing team will finalize all the details related to the National Selection, which will be communicated soon.

    "By the end of the week, we will announce the start of registration for the National Selection and competition rules, so we as soon as we go to Turin with whom and to have as much time as possible for the preparation of the show ", revealed Iuliana Marciuc.


    Romania in Eurovision 

    Romania made its first attempt to compete in the contest back in 1993 for the Eurovision Song Contest. After competing in the preliminary  semi-final in Slovenia with Dida Dragan, failed to win one of the three spots that led to the Eurovision stage in Millstreet, Ireland

    Romania officially debuted at the the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994 with Dan Bitman and has participatted a total of 23 times since then. Its best reuslts were scored in 2005 with Luminita Anghel and in 2010 with the duo Paula Seling & Ovi achieving in both cases the honorable 3rd place in the Grand Final. In 2016 the country received a penalty by the EBU due to its broadcaster’s overdue debt and was forced to withdraw from the contest, although it had chosen its Eurovision entry and act for Stockholm.

    In 2018 Romanian band The Humans won the Selecţia Naţională and performed Goodbye on the stage of Altice Arena in Lisbon. For the first time in its history the country didn’t make it to the final, breaking a record of qualifying to each grand final since the semi finals were introduced. In 2019 the country was represented by Ester Peony with her entry On a Sunday but failed to reach the grand final.

    In 2020 the Roxen was internally selected to represent Romania at ESC2020 with the song was “Alcohol You”, whose production was by Viky Red, the music being signed by him along with Ionuţ Armas and  written by Ionuţ Armas and Breyan Isaac. Unfortunately the contest was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic and Roxen didn't reach eventually the Eurovision stage. 

    However, this year Roxen was internally selected to represent the nation in Rotterdam performing 'Amnesia', which sadly didn't make it to the final. 


    News Source/Image: TVR