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.

What do you think of the two-part semi-final system? Who would you like to see compete in the contest? Tell us your thoughts below!

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BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

Speaking of countries with 40 plus entries I. The running, why haven’t we gotten an article on the results on the second quarter final for eesti laul? Yes, I already know who qualified because of Wikipedia, but I’d like to see WiFi’s take on it, and the comments it would generate.

Sabrina
Sabrina
1 month ago

It may not be the year with more national finals, but it’s possibly the year with more hours dedicated to national finals. Albania – 3 nights Australia – 1 night Croatia – 1 night Denmark – 1 night Estonia – 7 nights Finland – 1 night France – 1 night Germany – 1 night Iceland – 3 nights Ireland – 1 night Israel – 1 night Italy – 5 nights Latvia – No information yet, in 2020 were 2 nights Lithuania – No information yet either, but in 2021 were 6 nights Malta – 2 nights Moldova – Any info… Read more »

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

This is a super complicated method of choosing their song that will either result in a mess or an amazing son. That said, I’m surprised they’re letting the public hear 45 songs, is that the most we’ve heard from a national final> (Not even Melodifestivalen has this many). If anyone is confused by the format, this is what I understand it as: –45 semi-finalist will be announced. There will be a vote and 20 of these songs will move on –Of the 20, 15 will be chosen by a Jury while 5 will be chosen by the Public. –A second… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
1 month ago

Has Romania learned anything? Let’s hope there’s at least one song that is good enough to make the final after all this mess is done

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

what a mess, they are back to the messy national finals. They should have kept the same selection as they did in 2020. Roxen had great songs in 2020, they just chose the wrong song in 2021 and the staging was messy. Alcohol you and Cherry red were great modern songs. Romania should have done a similar method for another young artist

Erasmus
Erasmus
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

yeah they are crazy for going back to this mess tbh. we can only hope that an artist from Global Records applies…

Edu
Edu
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

If only they couldn’t ruin the live Cherry red perfo 🙁

Dawid
Dawid
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

Song was amazing. Performance was awful. Dress was laughable

James
James
1 month ago

Quite a complex method to choose a song for Eurovision.

Esc addict
Esc addict
1 month ago

Will we have the 45 songs posted online too on 23 december ?
So if I understood well, the jurors will choose during the first phase of the SF 15 acts out of 45, and only after the online voters could choose 5 acts among the remaining 30. Maybe I’m wrong.

Last edited 1 month ago by Esc addict