Earlier this week, Romanian broadcaster TVR confirmed it would return to its national final Selecția Națională. Now TVR has revealed details of the 2022 national final and opened the entry period. The show will involve a two-part semi-final system and one grand final.
Selecția Națională project manager shared her enthusiasm for the new edition of the national final. She confirmed that the competition would be open to songwriters from outside Romania:
“I hope that the return to Selecția Națională will be auspicious, and the artists will take advantage of this opportunity to try their chance to represent Romania at Eurovision. We will strongly promote the registration period, including among music schools and production houses. We are also waiting for projects made by composers from abroad, in order to increase the registration volume and, implicitly, the level of competition.”
Entries are now open for Selecția Națională 2022
Entries for Selecția Națională are open now and will close on 19 December. Entries cost 200 lei (around 40 euros). Applicants are required to submit both the studio version of the song and a basic video recording of the artist singing the song a cappella.
On December 21 and 22, the broadcaster’s five-person selection jury will assess the entries. The jury will select 45 songs for the semi-finals, looking at the musical form, musical arrangement, originality, diversity among songs and overall quality.
The 45 semi-finalists will be publicly announced on 23 December.
The format of Selecția Națională 2022
The semi-finals involve a two-part process. The first part uses an online vote. The music videos of the 45 songs will be posted online and 20 songs will progress to the next stage of the semi-finals.
An expert jury will vote to select the first 15 acts to pass to the next stage. A public vote on the Romanian Eurovision Facebook page will be used to select the other five acts. The public vote will be held from 9 to 10 February 2022.
The second stage of the semi-finals will involve a live show held on 12 February 2022. The 20 semi-finalists will perform their songs live. The performances will be voted on by a jury alone with no televote. The top ten placed acts will then progress to the grand final.
The grand final of Selecția Națională will be held on 5 March 2022. The ten finalists will perform their songs live and the winner will be decided by a combination of jury vote and public SMS votes. Viewers are only able to vote for each entry once per phone number.
And then Romania will have decided who’ll be travelling to Turin in May for Eurovision 2022.
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