TVR has this evening made an open call for song submissions to take part in Selectia Nationala 2018, the Romanian selection process for Eurovision 2018.
Romania’s national broadcaster has announced the date on which the submissions window for the countries selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. From November 15 until December 15, singers will be able to submit their songs to take part in Selectia National 2018. Those wishing to take part in the selection can submit their songs to:
Once all of the songs have been submitted, the singers will be invited to two days of auditions in Bucharest. On December 21 and 22, auditions will be held at the TVR studios, with a jury selecting the singers and songs progressing to the semi-finals in 2018.
The semi-finals and the final of Selecita National 2018 will be held during January and February 2018 across Romania. With six different cities across the country playing host to the selection process. The newly expanded Selectia Nationala is part of a series of programs created by TVR to mark the 100th anniversary of the Great Union Day, the national holiday of Romania. The centenary will occur on 1 December 2018.
In recent years, the Romanian national final has been organised in Brasov, Craiova, Baia Mare and Bucharest. It is still to be confirmed which Romanian cities will host shows in 2018.
In 2017, Romania reached 7th place in the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 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. Some of the best Romanian performances in the contest include the 3rd place in 2005 for Luminita Anghel & Sistem, 3rd place in 2010 for Paula Seling and Ovi and 4th place in 2006 for Mihai Trăistariu with Tornero.
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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.