Earlier this month, Romania‘s broadcaster TVR confirmed they would be ditching their traditional national final and would instead internally select their act for Eurovision. Now TVR has confirmed that 20-year-old singer Roxen will be Romania’s representative in Rotterdam.
TVR confirmed the news this evening. Roxen shared her excitement, saying, “I am glad and grateful for this opportunity. At this moment, everything my energy and attention go to Eurovision, for which I want to prepare myself as best I can.”
Earlier this week, TVR confirmed that three artists had been shortlisted for the national final: Roxen, Diana V and Cezar. Roxen was the lucky artist who made the final cut
Her song for Eurovision will be selected at the revamped national final Selecția Națională. Roxen will sing five potential Eurovision songs at the grand final on 1 March. Romania’s song for Rotterdam will be selected by a combination of jury vote and televote. It will be an even 50/50 split.
Roxen’s potential Eurovision songs will be released on 21 February.
Who is Roxen? Meet Romania’s act for Eurovision 2020
Larisa Roxana Giurgiu was born in Cluj in the Transylvania region. She has been involved with music from a young age. She described her dream of performing: “As a child, I participated in various competitions and festivals, but I always wanted to make music at the highest level and dreamed of performing on stage and addressing the audience.”
Roxen is currently the third most played artist on Romanian radio. Her music and style has seen her compared to artists like Billie Eilish and Dua Lipa.
In September, Roxen was a featured vocalist on SICKOTOY’s “You Don’t Love Me”. The track is a dark, driving piece with English lyrics. The song was playlisted internationally and so far has clocked up over 4.5 million YouTube views.
In November, Roxen released her solo debut single “Ce-ti Canta Dragostea”. The electronic track has a folk-pop tinge with Romanian lyrics. To date, it has enjoyed more than 8.7 million views on YouTube.
Roxen isn’t just interested in music. She is passionate about painting, meditation, travel, dance and reading. She says she would like her music “to travel beyond the planet earth in the universe.”
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