Romania: TVR to select Eurovision 2020 act internally; National final to determine the entry
The Romanian national broadcaster, TVR, confirmed today that for Eurovision 2020 it will be selecting the country’s representative internally. The song however will be determined through a national final.
Initially the act will be selected by a special commmittee taking in mind his vocal skills, capacity of performance and expression etc and afterwards they will seek for the 5 songs that match the selected artist. The songs will be seleced based on their melody, originality and the message they deliver. However on March 1 a national final will take place in order for the public and jury to determine which of the five songs will travel to Rotterdam.
TVR taking into account the poor results the recent years and last year’s dramatic national final that arouse a wave of complaints decided to approach this year’s Eurovision Song Contest from a different angle. TVR officials made a closer look at other countries’ national selection formats and the results and reached the conclusion that internal selection bring better results.
According to latest update, TVR, announced that this year it will be collaborating with the label of Global Records taking in mind the success its artists meet and the popularity of its songs reach due to its global influence and the wide number of social media followers. Among the acts the label is working with are Irina Rimes, Delia, Antonia, Alina Eremia.
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 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. This year the country was represented by Ester Peony with her entry On a Sunday but failed to reach the grand final.