TVR may be hosting Selectia Nationala 2018 in Cluj-Napoca, reports show.
Following the news that Romania will be taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, comes reports from Romanian media that TVR wish to hold Selectia Nationala 2018 in Cluj-Napoca. It is reported that the show will take place between January 19th and February 11th 2018. Cluj-Napoca, also known as Cluj, was seen in the music video for “Yodel It!”, Romania’s 2017 Eurovision entry by Ilinca and Alex Florea.
It has also been reported that the Cluj-Napoca City Hall will financially support the organisation of the shows with a sum of 555,000 lei. Spokesperson of the City Hall stated:
“We believe that the presence in Cluj-Napoca of such an event is one of the most important ways of promoting our city on a national and international level”
TVR states that the total budget for Eurovision 2018, including both the national selection and international participation, comes to around 1.82 million Euros. Since the introduction of the semifinals in 2004, Romania is amongst few countries that have qualified to the final every time they’ve participated.
Ilinca and Alex Florea finished 7th in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with a total of 232 points. Romania received 12 points from the Moldovan jury and 12 points from the public vote in Moldova and Ireland. Romania finished 15th in the jury vote with 58 points but 5th in the televote with 224 points.
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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.