National broadcaster TVR has confirmed tonight that Romania will participate in Eurovision Song Contest in Copenhagen following a national selection (Selectia Nationala), dispelling rumors that it might withdraw or that the song could be selected internally.
Thus, the period of submissions for Selectia Nationala starts next Wednesday, on January 15th, lasting until 14 February. A jury will select up to 12 finalists by 20 February, when TVR will announce them. The national final will be broadcast live by TVR1 on 1 March. No restrictions are mentioned regarding the nationality of the performers or songwriters.
Meanwhile, a countdown was set in place on TVR’s Eurovision web page, which hints at a website overhaul and possibly new details about Selectia Nationala on Saturday night at midnight Romanian time (11:00 PM CET).
Returnees Paula Seling and Ovi, as well as Stefan Stan and TeddyK, are so far the main favorites to win Selectia Nationala. However, if previous years are an indication, it’s anyone’s game to win or lose. Just take last year’s Cezar, who beat out hot contenders Electric Fence and Luminita Anghel and went on to represent Romania in Malmö, eventually becoming one of the most memorable Eurovision acts of 2013.
Are you excited that Romania will be back? And what do you think of its chances to finally take the trophy to Bucharest?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.
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