Last month TVR confirmed that Romania would be competing at Eurovision 2019. But since then, we haven’t learned anything about Romania’s planned selection method. Until now. Local media are reporting that Romania will again use a touring national selection format.
The news has been broken by Monitorul de Suceava, the daily newspaper for the city of Suceava in north-eastern Romania. They say that TVR has approached the city of Suceava to host one of the national selection shows in December.
Suceava mayor Ion Lungu is quoted as saying, “We received a request from Romanian Television to be partners, co-producers for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 edition. A regional final was to be held in Suceava in December 2018. I replied that we agreed to promote the image of the city.”
However, the paper is clear that Suceava has not been locked in as a host city. Monitorul reports that TVR has also approached other cities, with the implication that other locations may be selected over Suceava.
The reported plans suggest that TVR will be following a similar format that it used for Selecția Națională 2018. Prior to 2018, Romania had either only held a lone grand final or just one or two semi-finals.
However, in 2018 — to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Union of Transylvania with Romania — TVR organised a touring six-city event with shows held in cities and towns around the country.
A record fifty-nine acts competed in the five semi-finals, with three entries qualifying from each semi. At the grand final, held in Bucharest, The Humans won with their classic rock ballad “Goodbye”.
However, in Lisbon, Romania faced a shock non-qualification — the only time Romania has failed to make the grand final in the semi-finals era.
Earlier in the year, it was suggested that TVR was reevaluating its Eurovision selection method. However, with the news that another national selection tour may be in the works, it is possible that the broadcaster has decided to stick with what they know.
It is not known how many cities a 2019 national selection tour would involve. The broadcaster may wish to revert to using just one or two semi-finals and a grand final.
Earlier this week, Romania’s 2006 singer M I H A I made a post to Instagram where he contemplated making a Eurovision duet with 2005 singer Luminita Anghel. The two have given Romania two of its best-ever Eurovision results. With Romanian’s disappointing results in Lisbon, this power couple could be appealing to Romania.
What do you think? Should Romania use a big national selection tour again? Or should they focus on quality over quantity? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!