From 94 entries, Romanian broadcaster TVR has whittled that down to the lucky 45 who will compete in the semi-finals of Selecţia Naţională 2022. Among the competing acts is Romania’s Eurovision 2013 star, the countertenor Cezar Ouatu.

The 45 semi-finalists were selected by the Selecţia Naţională expert jury. The jury, made up of Alexandra Ungureanu, Ozana Barabancea, Randi, Cristian Faur and Adrian Romcescu, assessed all the entries that picked the 45 entries that will move onto the two-part semi-final stage.

And this season’s line-up has an international flavour. As well as composers and performers from Romania, there will be songs written by creatives from Moldova, the UK, Slovenia, Ireland, Iceland, Belgium, Sweden, Ukraine, Spain, Canada and the United States, and performers from from Italy, Bulgaria, Croatia and Germany.

One of the biggest names of the list is Romania’s Eurovision 2013 star Cezar Ouatu. The countertenor thrilled the audience in Malmö with his vamp-tastic performance of “It’s My Life”. This time he’ll be trying his luck again with the song “For everyone”.

There are also familiar faces from previous editions of Selecţia Naţională, including artists such as Alexa, Romeo Zaharia and Aldo Blaga. Aldo will be performing a song titled “Embers” — the same name as the UK’s nil points Eurovision entry earlier this year.

Romania’s Eurovision 2006 star — and Selecţia Naţională regular — Mihai Trăistariu is not on the list. In a Facebook post, the singer explained that while he had been looking for a song to enter, he was unable to find the right one before the entry deadline.

The format of Selecția Națională 2022

The 45 acts will compete in the semi-final stage, due to be held in February. In the first stage of the semi-finals, the music videos of the semi-finalist songs will be posted online. 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 five more acts, making a total of 20.

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.

Selecţia Naţională 2022 – Competing acts

  • Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – “Best of me”
  • Aldo Blaga – “Embers”
  • Alexa – “Hoodies and cold nights”
  • Alina Amon – “Without you”
  • Ana Lazăr – “Youngster”
  • Andra Oproiu – “Younique”
  • Andrea Stocchino – “Avere paura”
  • Andrei Petruş – “Take me”
  • ARIS – “Do Svidaniya”
  • Ayona Iordănescu – “Let me come to you”
  • Barbara – “Hypnotized”
  • Bogdan Dumitraş – “Sign”
  • Carmen Trandafir – “Măşti”
  • Cezar Ouatu – “For everyone”
  • Ciro De Luca – “Imperdonabile”
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – “România mea”
  • Dan Helciug – “241”
  • Dora Gaitanovici – “Ana”
  • Eliza G – “The other half of me”
  • Eugenia Nicolae – “Doina”
  • Fabian Ferrara – “That way”
  • Forţele de muncă – “Hai afară, frate!””
  • Gabriel Basco – “One night”
  • Giulia-Georgia Beiliciu – “Find your way”
  • Ivelin Trakiyski – “Neverending”
  • Jessie – “Regret”
  • Kyrie Mendél – “Hurricane”
  • Letiţia Moisescu – “Mirunica”
  • Leyah – “I’ll be fine”
  • Mălina – “Prisoner”
  • Miryam – “Top of the rainbow”
  • MOISE – “Guilty”
  • Oana Tabultoc – “Utopia”
  • Olivia Miheţ – “Fragile”
  • Othello – “You’re worthy”
  • Outflow – “Running in circles”
  • Petra – “Ireligios”
  • Popa Roberta-Maria – “Indigo”
  • Romeo Zaharia – “Until the fight is over”
  • Silvia Costache – “Save me”
  • Sophia – “Beautiful lies”
  • Stelian – “Remember”
  • VANU – “Never give up”
  • Vizi Imre – “Sparrow”
  • WRS – “Llamame”

What do you think? Who are you excited to see compete in the national final? Which act should Romania send to Eurovision 2022? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Eds
Eds
4 months ago

What a bad lineup… Disappointed in my country so far.

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
4 months ago

I hated Cezar’s 2013 entry which I thought was absolutely ridiculous and insane so I’m not particularly happy to see him come back. Fortunately, there’s no Mihai.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago

There’s another artist apparently returning. Two times NF participant Johnny Badulescu (Devoted, 2018; Give Up Now, 2019) is back under the name Moise, and will be performing ”Guilty”. That’s at least how it appears, given that’s definitely his photo in the artist presentation video. I liked his previous two attempts, so I’m optimistic.

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

The “Masti” song is out too.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

“Neverending” is also out. I like it.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

I can’t find it on YT. Link, please?
Edit: I found it. It’s under ”Ivel: Neverending”

… and yes, it’s nice. It’s my third out of 11 as of now.

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Yes! And yes it’s nice. It’s my second after “Never give up” at the mo.

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Lyrics for everyone!

Torino Wonderful
Torino Wonderful
4 months ago

Stars are afraid of failure. They don’t deserve to jump in the bandwagon if Romania does well. The best song to win.

Mario
Mario
5 months ago

Not a big fan of the songs that have been released so far, luckily there’s a lot more to still listen to. I’m most excited about ‘Llamame’ by WRS, I’m sure he will bring something modern and exciting to Selectia Nationala and hopefully the fire to the eurovision stage. Best of luck to all of the contestants!

Meckie
Meckie
5 months ago

Who are the Croatian or German singers?

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Meckie

Fabian Ferrara, who sings ”That Way” is German. It says so on his YT page. The snippet is out. I have no idea about Croatian ones… no one here rings a bell. Perhaps it’s one of the writers who is Croatian? Or perhaps someone is using a different stage name?

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
5 months ago

9 songs released so far. The only decent one is Never Give Up by VANU, but that one wouldn’t make it into the final of Eurovision.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Aldo is an amazing singer, and Embers does make a good job of highlighting his vocals. I like Never Give Up as well. I like the lyrics. I’ve listened to the 2 folk-pop songs in Romanian too, and they aren’t my thing, but aren’t bad either. I’ve seen the recap of the 9 songs, but I guess that I have to search for each individually, as there’s no playlist.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Okay, I’ve listened to all 10 songs that are out so far. Aldo and Vanu are the easy choices for the semi-final line-up in this bunch. Admittedly, Sparrow would come as third, as it’s calming without being dull. Regret has a standard drop which does nothing for me, but at least it’s produced well. Mirunica and Romania mea are kinds of folk songs one is used to see on SN / PdM, so whoever likes that style might be into it. The other 4 are a resounding ”No” from me.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

Pentru di Moldova

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

The title is O melodie pentru Europa. I missed. Still, I am talking about Moldova. These types of ethnopop songs are so typical for these 2 selections.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

Oh, thanks for mentioning. I’ll look Embers up.

GojoSatoru
GojoSatoru
4 months ago
Reply to  GojoSatoru

I’ve listened to Embers now. I personally like it. In my opinion it is the best so far. Even though I like it, I feel like Embers is the type of song to be liked by the jury, but disliked by the televoters.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago

I’m hoping to find a diamond in the rough here. I’ll listen to the songs when they’re all out. Cezar could be a SunStroke Project/Serhat situation where his return can capitalize on his becoming a meme after his previous Eurovision appearance, only with a better song. “Hey Mamma!” and “Say Na Na Na” didn’t make the televote’s top ten on the novelty of having their memeable performers alone, after all. Heck, “Hey Mamma!” wasn’t even SunStroke Project’s first return attempt. It was just the first return attempt that the Moldovans could tell was actually an improvement on “Run Away” and… Read more »

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

All that is to say: if Cezar has a really great song on TOP of being a relatively notable “Eurovision be wAcKy” kinda meme, his ticket is sealed. The key would be not sending him through just banking on people remembering him. That’s basically what happened to Romania when they picked Paula and Ovi the second time around.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Now this is making me kinda interested in just how much name value being a Eurovision winner really has in terms of trying a comeback as a performer or a songwriter. The most recent winner to make a comeback was Alexander Rybak, and I think that had less to do with his winning (although that definitely was a factor) and more to do with his still being incredibly popular in Norway. And mind you, that’s as a PERFORMER: he wrote NF entries before and after 2018 that didn’t win because honestly I don’t think having a Eurovision winner in the… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Joe

The same happened to Carola and Loreen. Even three of ABBA came back to Melodifestivalen as songwriters, with poor Agnetha’s song coming last.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

We did have some winning songwriters back in Rotterdam, though – the Debs.

Jonas
Jonas
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Wouter Hardy too, who won the jury vote, something he didn’t do the first time.

Joe
Joe
5 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I don’t think the voters were thinking “oh dang that’s the guy who wrote Arcade!”

Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Well, no. Songwriters need to get more attention and appreciation – their names flashing up in tiny writing for one second is not enough. Wouter Hardy is a Eurovision winner as much as Duncan Laurence is.

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

I think that Charlotte Perrelli / Nielsen even surpassed her own win in 2008, in terms of quality. Hero is a bop!
I liked Rybak’s return too. It’s a nice, cute, unpretentious song. I think that he likely got what he wanted out of it.
I am a big fan of For You (Ireland 2010), but haven’t heard Niamh’s winning entry yet, so I can’t compare. But it’s good as a standalone song.

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

It’s not a matter of the songs being decent, it’s a matter of them not objectively scoring on close to the same level as their winners

Joe
Joe
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

And In Your Eyes is an absolutely essential Eurovision song

Colin
Colin
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe

Until 2 years ago, I systematically listened to and ranked Eurovisions only since 2006. Then, outside of the main season, I went year by year back to do the same. Now I’m doing 1996. I decided not to search for the winners before their year is up to give each song equal chance at standing out.
I’ve still decided to hear it now, and it’s really lovely. 🙂

Last edited 4 months ago by Colin
Jonas
Jonas
4 months ago
Reply to  Colin

1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 are very good years. I hope you enjoy.

Doris
Doris
5 months ago

#justice4mihai

Elena
Elena
5 months ago

I’ve tried to find a few of them and my God, I just want a decent song that is not embarrasing.. the one of Vizi Imre sounds ok

Irishesc
Irishesc
5 months ago

Omg cezar is back I am in love this national final season <3

Last edited 5 months ago by Irishesc
Bart
Bart
5 months ago

Yes !! Eliza G and Cezar! Very curious about the songs of everyone! I love Eliza G voice, she also sings in Italian, and participated in Kenia Magike last year in Albania

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

Some of the songs are already on youtube. I really, really, really liked “Never give up” – also. it’s got some vibe to it as it’s from a Nordic/Scandinavian selection. That’s the only one tho. Colour me disappointed.

escxx
escxx
5 months ago

So glad Lara Lee (ARIS) is back! Her song back in 2015 should’ve won 🙁

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
5 months ago

There are some names that sound familiar; wasn’t Letitia Moisescu a participant in 2019 too? We don’t know the songs yet of course, but somehow it feels that Romania is picking up where they left off their last “big” national final, after taking a risk with Roxen which did not work out well.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
5 months ago
Reply to  Leendert Jan

Absolutely, I think Amnesia was probably the most interesting entry from Romania in years. But the performance was poor and since they didn’t qualify, I fear that TVR is going back to what they know well.

Mahrz
Mahrz
5 months ago

Ugh, I bet these all won’t look better than they sound! There’s not much interesting songs to begin with, so how is the Romanian broadcaster even able to get more interest in the contest when their own national selection just isn’t giving much anything?

Colin
Colin
5 months ago

Aldo Blaga is just awesome! If Embers is a good song, he’s the one to watch out for! 🙂

Cezar is a tremendous vocalist, and I hope that this time around, the song actually compliments his talents. If so, he could potentially do the biggest 180 in the history of ESC returnees.

Allora Adesso
Allora Adesso
5 months ago

Where’s my Mihai? I can’t cope without him…jk

raylee
raylee
5 months ago

Why that ”Time Time” song by Trei Degete is not included 🙁 It’s very fun and it had a lot of success in only 1 month. It was worth to try

Cherry Red
Cherry Red
5 months ago
Reply to  raylee

Cause that song is from France

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  Cherry Red

didn’t stop two songs from italy from being selected

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  raylee

ikr, imagine rejecting a song so popular among the public. their eurovision-related shows already get abysmal audience numbers, maybe bringing in one name people care about would have helped them a bit. tvr is shooting themselves in their foot and i don’t even feel sorry for them lol

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

i see, the televote is once again a scam then

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

Robyn Gallagher mentioned in a post some time ago lately there were very few public votes so it would be easy for fans aka family and friends to skew the voting in favour of the artist they support even if there were better songs in the run. Or something like that.

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

the televote winner in selectia nationala never got less than 3k televotes… that’s more due to abysmal viewing figures caused by tvr’s refusal to attract relevant singers than anything, though

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

All I can say is fingers crossed for the shows.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  raylee

It’s gimmiky and kitsch, maybe that’s why.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago

Why is Deban wearing a suit to interview Cezar in that video?! He looks like he’s popped out of his work experience placement!!

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago

i can’t wait to listen to these songs, there’s clearly a lot of…unintentionally hilarious material in there ! but i hope there’s also something strong enough to do well at eurovision and bring back romanians’ interest in the contest.

Abraham
Abraham
5 months ago

Trei Degete not qualifying sparked huge backlash in Romania, Cezar on other hand was pretty obvious he’ll qualify since he’s “hand in hand” with some of the juries. I’ve listened yesterday like half of the songs and 90% of them are horrendous. “Romania mea” and “Mirunica” seem to be the favourites thus far.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Abraham

Are any of these people famous in Romania?

Cherry Red
Cherry Red
5 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

Nope

finnished
finnished
5 months ago

I’m not convinced it’s a strong selection (in terms of artists at least, we haven’t heard the songs) if Cezar is the highlight of the lineup

trollo
trollo
5 months ago
Reply to  finnished

he’s the highlight for eternity cuz he’s immortal 😉

Roro31
5 months ago
Reply to  finnished

how can you tell in advance that it will be a weak selection when the songs are only in February ??? stop being always pessimistic it’s painful.

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  finnished

the titles that catalyzed my attention were romania mea (seems like it’ll be a folkloristic song) and ireligios (what could a song called irreligious possibly be about ?!)

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago

The sweet gods of Eurovision are appalled!

Geol
Geol
5 months ago

You can find Romania mea on youtube,it was released before December 1st,which is Romania’s national day.

jotka
jotka
5 months ago

Cezar is still one of my all-time favourite ESC highlights, I loved every second of that craziness. It’s not even 2022 and my hype is already real! *ESC iiis myyy liiifeee*

Apollo
Apollo
5 months ago

Younique” is one of the worst names for a song I’ve ever heard. I already know it’s going to be so cringeworthy.

Nils
Nils
5 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

But at least they put some thoughts into it, even if it went wrong.

Polegend Godgarina
5 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

i already know that song will have me cackling ! as an italian i also know the one submitted by a man with a name that’s clearly neapolitan is going to be a hilarious mess too.

123
123
5 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

The word play reminds me od Alcohol You… 🙂

Meckie
Meckie
5 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Youniverse by Molly Sanden Melodifestivalen 2016

Teeks
Teeks
5 months ago

Disappointed to see Trei Degete didn’t make the cut, I know it’s a parody (and French) but it’s fab 🙂 Still interested to see what happens here though.

Whisker
Whisker
5 months ago
Reply to  Teeks

Destination Eurovision can take it.

JusticeforTreiDegete
JusticeforTreiDegete
5 months ago
Reply to  Whisker

No because it requires a certain percentage of the song being performed in french… and Time Time is only in romanian and english ?

Whisker
Whisker
4 months ago

They can do French lyrics.