After missing out on the Eurovision grand final two years in a row, Romania‘s broadcaster is ready for change. TVR confirmed today that its artist for Eurovision 2020 will be internally selected. However, the public will still be involved in choosing the act’s entry from a revamped five-song national final.
The broadcaster confirmed the news today, explaining that extensive research had been done before making the decsion. The broadcaster studied the selection methods used by other European public broadcasters, including those of Spain, Greece, Russia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, the UK and France.
TVR also looked at Romania’s Eurovision results in 2018 and 2019, where the country placed 11th and 13th respectively. The broadcaster decided that a “new approach” was needed for selecting its act for Rotterdam.
Romania goes internal…
TVR will internally select its artist for Eurovision 2020. The broadcaster says a special jury will select the artist “on the basis of criteria such as vocal abilities, interpretation, musical empathy, expressiveness.”
But Romanian Eurovision fans won’t be missing out on a national final. Once the artist is selected, they will be matched with five songs, again selected by an expert jury. The jury will consider the “musical form of the piece, musical arrangement, originality, stylistic diversity and the message.”
The artist will perform those five songs at a national final, due to be held on 1 March.
…and has a national final
Romania’s song for Rotterdam will be selected by a combination of jury vote and televote. It will be an even 50/50 split, a change from last year’s jury which only gave one-seventh of the overall vote to the televote. In case of a tiebreak, the public favourite will decide the winner.
The broadcaster says it has looked to other countries who have successfully internally selected their artist for Eurovision and notes that internally selected acts usually feature in the Eurovision top three every year.
However, Finland may serve as a cautionary tale. In 2018 and 2019 broadcaster YLE used the same method, with internal selection for the artist and a national final for the song. This led to Saara Aalto placing second to last in the 2018 grand final and Darude finishing last in his semi-final. Finland has since returned to its traditional national final format.
TVR has recently struggled with low ratings for Selecția Națională, with only 340,000 people watching the 2019 national final, including a disappointingly low 40,000 viewers in the lucrative 18-49 demographic.
The broadcaster does not appear to have selected the artist yet. Details of the grand final location have also not been confirmed by TVR, however the mayor of the south-eastern city of Buzău has frequently talked about his city agreeing to host the show.
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