Romania: TVR opens submission window for Selecția Națională 2019
Romania’s national broadcaster, TVR, opened the submission period for the county’s Eurovision 2019 Selecția Națională, witht the sloga “Împlinește visul!” (Make the dream true).
Acts interest in taking part in the national selection must fill in the application form found on the official website of the competition, eurovision.tvr.ro, according to the following guidelines which can be viewed HERE. The deadline for submissions expires on December 10. From 11 to December 20, a committee of experts will chosse up to 24 entries, which will compete in the semi finals.
The Selecția Națională finalist will be selected by a national jury, which will determine 5 spots while 1 spot will be determined by the public voting (Six from each semi final) The finalists won’t exceed the number of 12. In the final the winner and next Romanian Eurovsion representative will be decided by a combination of international jury voted and public voting. The semi final are set to take place in January and February while the final will be held by the end of February.
The Eurovision Story So Far
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 22 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.