A total of 72 songs have been submitted to TVR for Eurovision 2018.
Romanian broadcaster TVR has revealed that they have received 72 submissions for Eurovision 2018. As with previous years, Romania is using Selecţia Naţională to select their next Eurovision entry. The submission window opened on 15th November this year and closed just a few days ago.
TVR has revealed the names of a few artists that will compete in the selection, such as Feli, Jukebox, Eduard Santha and Xandra, as well as stating that there are multiple foreign composers entered into the competition from the likes of Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Spain, and Moldova.
Two former Romanian Eurovision participants are also competing again this year. MIHAI, who placed 4th at the contest in 2006, and Alex Florea, who placed 7th this year are due to take part.
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!
A preselection stage is currently underway, with all 72 artists auditioning in front of an audience and a jury panel, who will select the 60 artists who will compete in the shows.
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.