Shortly after broadcaster TVR confirmed that Romania will participate in Eurovision 2018, the Romanian press are reporting that Cluj-Napoca, the capital of Transylvania, is likely to host Selectia Nationala 2018. The shows are to be staged in the spacious and modern Sala Polivalenta, and we also have the preliminary dates of the national selection: 19 January to 11 February.
Keeping its promise to plan ahead this time around, it seems like TVR is indeed taking Eurovision seriously for 2018. Emboldened by a top 10 finish in 2017, Romania seems keen to show that it can be a real contender for the trophy. And it’s chosen Ilinca’s hometown of Cluj-Napoca for the first step of the Eurovision 2018 journey.
You may remember the city, also known simply as Cluj, from the video for “Yodel It!”, Ilinca and Alex Florea’s song that represented Romania at Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv and finished 7th on the scoreboard.
According to local media, the city hall of Cluj-Napoca has been approached by the public broadcaster with the offer of hosting Selectia Nationala 2018. Mayor Emil Boc, who also submitted a bid in 2015, seems eager to capitalise on the success of the Eurovision brand, and has released a statement fully supporting this idea:
We think that the presence of such a prestigious event in Cluj-Napoca represents one of the most significant ways of promoting our city both at the national and international level.
Likely venue: Cluj-Napoca’s Sala Polivalenta
Details of this proposal will be discussed in the coming week, but the most likely venue for the shows has already been announced: Sala Polivalenta. The 10,000-person capacity arena, built in 2014, regularly hosts sports events and pop concerts.
According to the same source, Cluj-Napoca city hall will have to fork out 550,000 lei (approximately €120,000) in order to host the event. Similar sums were allotted for the national selection in 2015 and 2016 by the municipalities of Craiova and Baia Mare.
There is no word yet whether Selectia Nationala 2018 will include more than one show, but the National Final is scheduled for Sunday, 11 February.
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