The Mayor of Suceava has confirmed that his city will be hosting one of the five semi-finals being held as part of Selectia Nationala 2018.
Ion Lungu the Mayor of Suceava has revealed to local press that the city will be one of the cities hosting Selectia Nationala 2018. Mr Lungu confirmed that Suceava will be the venue for one of the five semi-finals that will be held as part of the Romanian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The show will be held at the Teatrul Matei Vișniec.
From November 15 until December 15, singers will be able to submit their songs to take part in Selectia National 2018. 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 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. A total of six cities will be selected to host Selectia Nationala 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.
Source: Suceava Live
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.