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.”
“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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