In just under 24-hours we will learn the identity of Romania’s Eurovision 2020 representative. Ahead of the announcement, broadcaster TVR and Global Records have published the names of the three shortlisted candidates. They are Roxen, Diana V and Cezar.
Romania Eurovision 2020 shortlist
The trio were revealed in the latest instalment of the nightly show Destinaţia Eurovision. The chosen act will be confirmed in Tuesday’s episode, while the song selection process will form the focus of the last three episodes on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
All this leads to a one-artist, multi-song national final on 1 March.
But who are the final three?
Roxen is a fresh-face on the Romanian music scene. Her breakout hit came in August 2019 when she featured on Sickotoy’s “You Don’t Love Me”. That reached number three on the airplay charts and even enjoyed some success in Bulgaria. For her debut proper, “Ce-ti Canta Dragostea”, she did better again — racking up 8.5 million YouTube views since November. She’s been compared to Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish.
Diana V is an even newer name. She’s doesn’t appear to have released any major singles to date and her Instagram account appears to be only days old. Her bio simply reads “Unbothered”.
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Completing the trio is Cezar Guna. He too is fresh-faced. Despite failing to make any Voice Romania judges turn around as recently as September 2019, Cezar has already created several music videos. The most popular is “Nino Nino” with over 160,000 views.
Romania at Eurovision 2020 with Global Records
After missing out on the Eurovision grand final two years in a row, Romania is ready for change. The artist is being internally selected in conjunction with Global Records — home of INNA, Delia and Irina Rimes. However, the public will still be involved in choosing the act’s entry from a revamped five-song national final on 1 March.
The broadcaster confirmed the news in January, 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.
What do you think of the shortlist? Who do you want to see sing for Romania in Rotterdam? Let us know in the comments.