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This Sunday, TVR Romania will broadcast the first show of their pre-selection for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. Earlier this week, the broadcasters took to Facebook in broadcasting the show auditions live online. Dan Helciug has now been announced as the host of the show, hunting for Romania’s next Eurovision entry.

Dan Helciug previously performed with Zdob si Zdub, hosted ‘Popstars’ on Romanian television, and has written over ninety hits in the country.

Sergiu Bolota, a Romanian singer/songwriter, is hoping to participate in his country’s national selection this year having released the song that he hopes will not only secure him a place in the selection show, but will also take him to Kyiv to represent his country. “We Were Young” is written by Bolota himself along with the former 2015 Estonian representative, Stig Rästa. Talking to Eurovoix, Sergiu commented:

“We Were Young” is an upbeat dance number about carefree teenage years, when all you want to do is party and have fun.

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 have now performed their auditions which were 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 year’s 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 represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2006 in Athens, Greece with “Tornero”, he also tried to represent Romania last year in Stockholm.

Three former Eurovision participants are part of a five-strong jury who will be selecting the artists to will make it through to the live shows of  Selecţia Naţională 2017. Luminiţa Anghel, Ovi Jacobsen, Adrian Romcescu, Paula Seling and Andrei Tudor. Luminiţa Anghel represented Romania in 2005, while Paula & Ovi have represented the country at the Eurovision Song Contest in both 2010 and 2014.

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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.
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