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.
What a bad lineup… Disappointed in my country so far.
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.
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.
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.
Stars are afraid of failure. They don’t deserve to jump in the bandwagon if Romania does well. The best song to win.
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!
Who are the Croatian or German singers?
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?
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.
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.
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.
Pentru di Moldova
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.
Oh, thanks for mentioning. I’ll look Embers up.
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.
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 »
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.
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 »
The same happened to Carola and Loreen. Even three of ABBA came back to Melodifestivalen as songwriters, with poor Agnetha’s song coming last.
We did have some winning songwriters back in Rotterdam, though – the Debs.
Wouter Hardy too, who won the jury vote, something he didn’t do the first time.
I don’t think the voters were thinking “oh dang that’s the guy who wrote Arcade!”
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.
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.
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
And In Your Eyes is an absolutely essential Eurovision song
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. 🙂
1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 are very good years. I hope you enjoy.
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
Omg cezar is back I am in love this national final season <3
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
So glad Lara Lee (ARIS) is back! Her song back in 2015 should’ve won 🙁
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.
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.
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?
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.
Where’s my Mihai? I can’t cope without him…jk
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
Cause that song is from France
didn’t stop two songs from italy from being selected
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
i see, the televote is once again a scam then
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
Why is Deban wearing a suit to interview Cezar in that video?! He looks like he’s popped out of his work experience placement!!
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.
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.
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
he’s the highlight for eternity cuz he’s immortal 😉
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.
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 ?!)
You can find Romania mea on youtube,it was released before December 1st,which is Romania’s national day.
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*
”Younique” is one of the worst names for a song I’ve ever heard. I already know it’s going to be so cringeworthy.
But at least they put some thoughts into it, even if it went wrong.
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.
The word play reminds me od Alcohol You… 🙂
Youniverse by Molly Sanden Melodifestivalen 2016
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.
No because it requires a certain percentage of the song being performed in french… and Time Time is only in romanian and english ?