It’s all go in Romania. This weekend one of Eurovision’s most devoted and passionate countries will choose its 2019 singer and song in the grand final of Selectia Nationala.

And today Romanian broadcaster TVR has revealed the six people who make up this year’s international jury. The televoting public will act as “a seventh juror”.

The show, which will be broadcast live on TVR 1, TVR Moldova, TVRi, TVR HD and on-line on TVR+, takes place this Sunday, February 17, at 20:30 Romania time (so 18:30 London / 19:30 Paris).

According to the official TVR press release:

“The winner of the National Selection will be chosen by a jury consisting of Tali Eshkoli, Head of Event & Content Eurovision Song Contest 2019, Emmelie de Forest, winner of the 2013 edition, Deban Aderemi and William Lee Adams, journalists and influencers dedicated to the ESC phenomenon, Serban Cazan, Head of Production HaHaHa Production and the famous Moldovan artist Alex Calancea.”

“The six jurors gather a vast experience in the Eurovision phenomenon and the native music industry and add value to the National Selection.”

“Tali Eshkoli is one of the heavy names of the entertainment industry in Israel. With an internationally renowned experience, Tali Eshkoli occupies an important position in the Eurovision 2019 organization as Head of Event & Content and senior Core Team member of Israeli public television Kan / IPBC.”

“Emmelie de Forest, the Eurovision Song Contest winner 2013 with the hit ‘Only Teardrops’, is coming for the first time in Romania for the jury final, but also for supporting a recital at the event. For the first time in the history of Romania’s participation in Eurovision, a winner of the international competition participates in the election of our representative in the contest.”

“Founder and editor of the most famous independent Eurovision website, wiwibloggs.com, William Lee Adams has helped to select representatives from at least 12 countries and has extensive experience with the latest trends in the contest.”

We’d also add that he’s covered Eurovision for the New York TimesBloomberg and Billboard, and wrote one of Billboard’s earliest profiles of the pop star Dua Lipa.

“His colleague, Deban Aderemi, is a writer, vlogger and music expert with a career of two decades at the international competition, during which he documented the editions and conducted hundreds of interviews with the participants. Deban is judging a national selection for the first time on Sunday.”

“A successful producer, Serban Cazan creates music and synergies between producers and artists at Hahaha Production, an important independent music production provider in Romania. Serban is not at his first Eurovision experience, and in 2018 he is involved in the participation of the well-known Feli performer at the National Selection. Serban has been living through music since he knows, made over 10 years of piano, 5 years of singing and over 15 years of musical production.”

“A well-known artist, producer, composer and lecturer at the Chisinau Conservatory, Alex Calancea has collaborated with almost all soloists and instrumentalists in Moldova and is known for his unique musical style. Alongside Alex Calancea Band band, the well-known bassist played the lead recital in the final of Eurovision Romania 2018, with a fusion of authentic folklore, a ‘capricious bass’, charismatic voices and modern rhythms entitled “LUPII”. This year, he returns to a new position as a member of the international jury.”

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Alex
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Alex

Laura is NOT HOMOPHOBIC how many times do I have to tell y’all???

Isa
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Isa

Dear Lord… so many empty words!…

esc stan
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esc stan

in other news croatia released snippets of the songs

Dawidek
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Dawidek

Please guys vote for everything but not laura homophobic bretan 😉 peace and love..and enjoy !!!

Adriana
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Adriana

She is not homophobic,im glad Deban and William is there,they will clarify that for all of you.

NickC
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NickC

Good Luck guys. Give us a surprise winner 🙂

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

It seems that we’re going to have lots of hateful comments on Sunday, regardless of the winner, and that’s not a Eurovision spirit.

Hibish
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Hibish

Let’s be honest. It is the Eurovision spirit when fans are on each other’s throats.

BB111
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BB111

OMG Wiwibloggs im from Romania…12 points GOES TO LAURA BRETAN…Don’t f…it up.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

I also want Bella to win, eventhough I’m not that passionate about her song. But please guys, don’t be disrespectful towards Laura, don’t be so immature.

wizard
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wizard

I’m not so sure about that. In the end, “Dear Father” is an ideologically difficult entry because it implicitly propagates a fundamentally christian belief that is viewed ciritcally even by Roman-Catholic Theologians. And if the public is not aware of that, I hope the jury will be.

Weißbrot
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Weißbrot

Yeah I know, but I really don’t think the message is on the nose enough for the EBU to investigate it. Also, the message doesn’t change the fact, that people shouldn’t be so rude and hate on her so much.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Hardly. The song is written in such a bland way with one worn-out phrase after another , it’s purely her singing which makes it interesting. It propagates the message: “Look how beautifully I can sing these meaningless words” and it is working.

wizard
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wizard

I just think, it’s so bland to make the message subtle enough. That doesn’t make it less dangerous. It’s not good to be rude to an artist in public though. That makes it even more important to criticize a song with good arguments. And that’s very simple in this case.

Ori
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Ori

Look at them Bella fans bashing Laura. You guys will be disappointed this Sunday.

just me
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just me

Bellas Debut-Single is composed by Serban Cazan: who is a member of the international jury.. stop corruption tvr

Colin
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Colin

Congrats, William and Deban. 🙂 I wish you pick the song YOU think is the best, regardless of the hype or the opinion of others. You have a huge responsibility now and I am sure you will rock at it. All the best! 🙂

christoph
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christoph

We should not let a homophobe like Laura Bretan into Eurovision Song Contest! For all those saying she is not homophobic, YES she is. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/o42JTxRTfdI . And then please read about the Romanian 2018 referendum on wikipedia. Someone who miltates against same sex marriages means he views them as inferior to heterosexuals and wants to take away a FUNDAMENTAL right they should have. This is clear homophobia. If someone said they support only the marriage between white persons and campaigned against black and white marrying in such a referendum, wouldn’t that be racist? She is homophobe. Period. We don’t… Read more »

Adriana
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Adriana

That wasnt a gay marriage referendum ,stop spreading lies .

christoph
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christoph

YES IT WAS. People, just inform yourseld. Go on wikipedia and read about the 2018 Romanian referendum
This is litteraly the first phrase from wikipedia:
“A referendum took place in Romania on 6 and 7 October 2018 regarding the definition of the family in the Romanian Constitution. The referendum asked voters whether or not they approve a change to the family’s definition as provided by Article 48 of the Constitution, to prohibit same-sex marriage.”

How can you lie about it when there is wikipedia and the internet with hundreds of articles about it? Do you think people are so stupid? Lol

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

Wekipedia is not a valid source of information, anyone can edit the page and it’ll look legit.

Markus
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Markus

You know that there are references right? That’s how wikipedia works..

Jiji
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Jiji

Stop the hate, pls

Alex
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Alex

Your argument is invalid christoph.

Villu
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Villu

Wait, what the hell should mean that public acts as a 7th juror? That public decides only 1/7 of votes? If so, it sounds San Remo type of rigging all over again.

Adriana
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Adriana

WiWIBLOGGS can you switch the comments off on this Topic,people tend to become agressive with their comments.Thank you.

florinho
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florinho

the romanian from the jury has made bella first single this is pure corruption.. bella will win because tvr wants that

Joe
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Joe

Why wouldn’t they pick Bella? No-brainer.

Joe
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Joe

Wait who’s Laura again? Been a minute since I heard all the songs.

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

The young lady with the really impressive voice who managed to get me interested in a selection I never cared for despite having a message I don’t relate to at all.

Skiwalko
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Skiwalko

Yes! Now that’s one (or should I say two) more reason to watch Selectia Nationala on Sunday. Choose wisely guys, that’s quite a responsibility!

Lucian
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Lucian

Serban Boiler??? :)))))))))) F..K google translate! He’s name is CAZAN.

Brooklyn
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Brooklyn

LOL

Camille
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Camille

I hope they would choose Bella, but i’m afraid they’ll pick Laura..

Jordy
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Jordy

I don’t hope that homophobic Laura wins. Bella Santiago FTW!

Adriana
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Adriana

She is not homophobic .

Danny
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Danny

She’s not homophobic… smh… this hate is too much

christoph
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christoph

For all those saying she is not homophobic, YES she is. Watch this video: https://youtu.be/o42JTxRTfdI . And then please read about the Romanian 2018 referendum on wikipedia. Someone who miltates against same sex marriages means he views them as inferior to heterosexuals and wants to take away a FUNDAMENTAL right they should have. This is clear homophobia. If someone said they support only the marriage between white persons and campaigned against black and white marrying in such a referendum, wouldn’t that be racist? She is homophobe. Period. We don’t need these intolerant, thrid world views into the Eurovision Song Contest,… Read more »

Adriana
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Adriana

She is not homophobic.

BB111
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BB111

Bella is good but Laura song is better. Romanians dont care about the homophobic nonsense..So dont get high hopes. The “homophobic” comments even help more Laura…You forget that Romanian society is very antigay…like 9o% anti….

Danny
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Danny

LAURA BRETAN FTW!!!!!!!

Nikko
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Nikko

Romania is currently number 4 in the odds. This is because of Laura Bretan. Not Bella Santiago, nor Linda Teodosiu, nor anyone else

Adriana
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Adriana

Yes they are 4 ,at some point was 3 ,i think mostly people arround the world react with so much shock to Laura song ,youtube is full with reactions .

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Wait so the televote will only be one seventh of the outcome? That’s a lot of power to give to a small jury, even for a country with historically low televoting numbers. A big risk considering that Romania has only one entry that might do very well for them. And no, it is not “Army of Love”. Take it from an antichrist like me: it’s Laura.

Paule
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Paule

Well, that would make the NF exciting again. Laura winning the televote is extremely obvious, because she is super famous in Romania…

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

Well, her not winning would make the voting at Eurovision much less exciting for Romania.

Adriana
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Adriana

Good for Romania ,you saw last year the outcome from the Televote.

Paule
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Paule

Will the public score really count as a 7th jury member so that it will count as 1/7? Or will it be 50/50 for the points?

RMNA
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RMNA

Just as a 7th jury member.

Jack Gallagher
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Jack Gallagher

Thats so awesome to hear! Congrats guys!

Roelof Meesters
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Roelof Meesters

Debat and William how much do I need to pay you to vote for Bella Santiago?

Dave
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Dave

Both Laura and Bella are 6/10 for me. So I don’t care which one will be chosen. Neither of those will bring something interesting to Tel Aviv. One of them is heavily inspired by Cyprus 2018, the other one by Estonia 2018. But both of them are good at what they are doing.

Adriana
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Adriana

Laura is not inspiared by Estonia 2018 ,your so wrong there.

Victorielle
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Victorielle

I hope they send Bella Santiago. That girl rocks the stage. Great voice, great performer.

Ivan
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Ivan

And the worst song.

Jiji
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Jiji

Eurovision 2020 in Romania

Mr. Vanilla Bean
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Mr. Vanilla Bean

I spoke to god today and he told me he wants Laura to win. Just so you know who to vote for. He also wants a cinnamon roll for coffee.