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Romania’s most recent edition of Selectia Nationala included a semi-final with twenty songs. But for Eurovision 2023, they’re cutting things down. Selectia Nationala 2023 will feature just 12 acts in a grand final, that is scheduled for February 11.

Writing on their official web site, the broadcaster confirmed that it will accept song submissions between November 14 and December 11.

Then a professional jury consisting of — at most — seven people will evaluate the songs and decide on the dirty dozen for the show. They will listen to the songs between December 14 and December 16.

Songwriters do not have to have found an artist. They can submit demo versions that do not include a singer. If the song is selected, TVR will suggest potential artists to the songwriting team.

As we previously reported, the winner will be selected by 100% televote. There will be no jury.

Many fans have speculated that this could be a reaction to tensions from Selectia Nationala 2022, as the jury and televoters did not agree. 

Dora Gaitanovici won the televote, but placed sixth with the jury, ultimately losing to jury fave WRS.

Who do you want to see on the stage? Let us know down below!

 
 
 
 
 
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Antananarivo
Antananarivo
10 days ago

I hope there will be another choice for Dora. Her song “Ana” this year was great.

Colin
Colin
15 days ago

While Romania is downsizing, Croatia is upsizing. Dora 2023 will have 28 songs, 2 semi-finals, and a final. Voting will again be split 50/50 between regional juries and televoters.

Antananarivo
Antananarivo
15 days ago

Please another chance for Dora. She already was great this time

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
15 days ago

This NF is dreadful.

raylee
raylee
16 days ago

WRS was disgusting and the song was cheesy

Sir Stevia
Sir Stevia
15 days ago
Reply to  raylee

You can call the song whatever you want but calling WRS disgusting is the real disgusting thing here…

Thallo
Thallo
16 days ago

Thank god! 90% of those songs in Romania’s selection last year were unlistenable.

I hope WRS set an example for Romania at Eurovision. Romania just knows how to do club/dance music well. They have countless artists known all over Europe for their dance music, so I hope they use that to their advantage and vote for more acts like WRS.

Colin
Colin
15 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I wouldn’t go as far as 90% of them but about 45-55%, which were indeed embarrassing. But I would say that 80-90% of them weren’t competitive at ESC, and that, surprisingly, Llamame turned out pretty well on stage.

Jofty
Jofty
15 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Club? Dance? For me, Llamame was pure Schlager. Not
quite Guetta or Tiesto.

Una
Una
16 days ago

There was much more to the drama of SN 2022 than the disagreement between the public vote and the jury vote in the final.

Also, TVR seemed to have lost their minds over the *irregular voting patterns*.

Never in my life have I seen so much arrogance from a broadcaster in one Eurovision year alone and all that broadcast on TV on taxpayers’ money nonetheless. Shame on TVR. It seems they have an inside name for EBU: “kingdom” or such. “Imparatie”.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
16 days ago

Oh thank God they’re cutting things out. Listening to 40+ songs for a national final was just way overkill. Too many songs blended together for me. Good luck to Romania next year.

Una
Una
16 days ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

SN 2022 was clearly damage control after the huge failure of 2021. They needed to show that the 2022 contestant was able to perform live unlike the one from 2021. So they started off with 40+ songs for a ten-song final just to show “growth” of the eventual winner. They started with the live voice in the first studio recording, then the semifinal (bigger production) and then the final (bigger prodution than in the semi-final). And then they clearly wanted to put on a “show” in the big contest. WRS had it in his pocket. Global Records (*Roxen’s label*) seemed… Read more »

Yep
Yep
16 days ago
Reply to  Una

Maybe fact check a bit? WRS is also part of Global Records

Una
Una
16 days ago
Reply to  Yep

Read again.