Romania is one step closer to selecting its entry for Eurovision 2022. Broadcaster TVR confirmed that 94 entries were received for the country’s national final Selecția Națională 2022. The entries include former Romanian Eurovision stars as well as newcomers.
The broadcaster also confirmed that around 40% of the entries came from foreign composers and performers. Entries had been received from creatives hailing from countries including Sweden, the UK, Russia, Croatia, Israel, Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria.
Selecția Națională project manager Iuliana Marciuc spoke positively of the entries, saying:
“I am glad that many artists, Romanian and foreign, have responded positively to the challenge we have launched and I thank them for the trust they have given us. I think the jury won’t have an easy task in the next two days, when it will decide the semi-finalists of this year’s edition.”
She also confirmed that the entries include some of Romania’s former Eurovision stars, as well as newcomers:
“Soloists and composers who have represented Romania at Eurovision, with experience in this competition, have returned, but we also have new artists, established or less known, who have the opportunity to win a place on the stage of the biggest profile competition in the world. It is a real chance for everyone.”
While none of the returning hopefuls are known as this stage, Romania’s 2006 singer Mihai Trăistariu (aka M I H A I) has been a regular participant in Selecția Națională in recent years, eager to return to the Eurovision stage.
The format of Selecția Națională 2022
The 94 entries will next be assessed by an expert jury, made up of Alexandra Ungureanu, Ozana Barabancea, Randi, Cristian Faur and Adrian Romcescu. The jury will first select the acts that will compete in the two-stage semi-final process. The semi-finalsts will be announced this Thursday, 23 December.
The first stage of the semi-finals will be held from 5 to 12 February 2022 and will use an online vote. The music videos of the semi-finalist songs will be posted online and 20 songs will progress to the next stage of the semi-finals.
The 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 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 the jury alone with no televote. The top ten placed acts will then progress to the grand final.
The grand final of Selecția Națională 2022 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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