It’s the national final that Romania has used to select its Eurovision act since its 1993 debut. Now Romanian broadcaster TVR has confirmed that it will return to using Selecția Națională for 2022 after internally selecting its entry for Eurovision 2021.
The broadcaster confirmed that it would produce a 2022 edition of Selecția Națională to select Romania’s entry for Turin. Details of the national final format have not yet been confirmed, however TVR says it will have information at the end of the week.
Selecția Națională 2022 project manager Iuliana Marciuc said:
“I am glad that I will relive the emotions of the Eurovision competition and I hope that the return to the national selection system will be auspicious. A competition format attracts performance and offers a chance to every artist who wants to represent their country on the stage of the biggest music competition in the world.”
“For me it is a great challenge, I have the experience of several national teams, I had the honour to be the head of the Romanian delegation and I strongly believe in our ability, of the TVR team, to obtain a new qualification in the Eurovision final.”
The broadcaster launched the Selecția Națională with a flashy promotional video, highlighting past acts from Romania’s golden age of Eurovision success.
Romania and Selecția Națională
Selecția Națională has been used to select Romania’s Eurovision entry since its 1993 debut. However the format of the show tends of change from year to year. In the past decade the show has involve a single grand final, one semi-final and a grand final, and multiple semi-finals with a grand final.
In 2020, singer Roxen was internally selected. At Selecția Națională, she performed five songs with a jury and televoters selecting the entry for Eurovision.
In recent years, the Eurovision Song Contest has drastically fallen in popularity among Romanian viewers. The 2021 grand final attracted only 178,000 viewers — a tiny 0.9% of Romania’s population. Compare this with the 138,000 fans who tuned in in Iceland (38%), or the 141,000 (10.6%) who tuned in from Estonia. A revamped Selecția Națională may renew interest in Eurovision among Romanians.
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