TVR has revealed this afternoon that a total of 84 songs have been submitted to represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.
In total 84 songs have been submitted to represent Romania at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The eighty four hopefuls will now be invited to auditions which are to be held from January 27 to January 29, from which 15 semi finalists will be selected to compete in the selection.
Among the artists who have submitted songs in this years selection are Lora, Mihai Trăistariu, Florin Chilian, Maxim, Ioana and Distinto, Tavi Colen and Emma, Tudor Turcu, Nora Deneș, Cristina Vasiu, Teodora Dinu and Ramona Nerra. Fans of the Eurovision Song Contest will recognise Mihai Trăistariu, he represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece with “Tornero”, he also tried to represent Romania last year in Stockholm.
Iuliana Marciuc the Producer of Selecției Naționale 2017, stated:
I thank those who have joined Selecției Naționale 2017 for the confidence given to us and we assure them that all our efforts these days focus on auditions which will take place from January 27 to 29.
The dates of the Romanian selection shows are as follows:
- Semi Final – February 26
- Final – March 5
Romania’s selection will consist of two shows. The first being a semi final made up of 15 songs these participants will be announced at the latest by February 15. A combination of jury voting and public televote will decide the 10 artists who will make it through to the final. The final will then be held with 10 songs competing, the winner will be decided by televote and a jury.
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Romania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the country had tried to participate in 1993 but failed to get through the pre-qualifying round. At the 1994 contest Dan Bittman finished 21st in the final scoring 14 points, Romania didn’t make it through to another final until 1998. Romania’s best results in the contest are two third place finishes. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem finished 3rd scoring 158 points, while Paula Seling & Ovi finished 3rd in Oslo with the song “Playing with Fire”. Romania missed the 2016 contest due to TVR being removed from the EBU.