Submissions for Selecţia Naţională 2018 opened on 15 November and will remain open until 15 December.
As previously reported, the format of the show to select Romania’s Eurovision entry for 2018 has been significantly revamped.
Throughout January and February 2018, 6 shows will take place in various cities across Romania with the first show due to be broadcast from Suceava.
The newly expanded Selecţia Naţională 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 expansion of the contest will allow for a total of 60 songs to compete in the 5 semi-finals, 12 in each show. According to the official rules of the show, 15 songs will advance to the Grand Final of Selecţia Naţională 2018 on 25 February 2018. The victor will follow in the footsteps of Ilinca and Alex Florea who reached 7th place in Eurovision 2017 with Yodel It!
After the entries have been received by TVR on 15th December, a preselection stage will take place between the 18th and 20th December. The rules of the contest provide that each participant will play their song at the preselection in front of the audience and the jury in a show screened and broadcast according to the decision of TVR (i.e on-line, on air etc).
The songs which have been selected to participate in the semi-finals will be announced after the pre-selection round on 22 December.
A full set of rules and regulations can be found at the official TVR Eurovision website.
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.