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Romania: Selects for Eurovision 2019 on February 17

The final of Selecția Națională 2019 will be held on February 17 in Bucharest, as TVR reveals new Head of Delegation.

TVR has confirmed the dates of Selecția Națională 2019 today, with Romania set to select their entry for Tel Aviv on February 17. The selection will begin at the end of this month, with the first of two semi-finals. The full dates of the contest are:

  • Semi-Final One – January 27 – Iasi
  • Semi-Final Two – February 10 – Arad
  • Final – February 17 – Bucharest

Smaranda Vornicu-Shalit has also been announced as the new Head of Delegation for Romania at Eurovision. She stated;

To be nominated as part of the TVR team for the Eurovision 2019 project is an honor and a great responsibility. I wish that the experience gained on the occasion of the Golden Stag International Festival be supported by this shared dream of us, whether we are talking about artists and fans, the general public and the organizers. We all want the best possible outcome for Romania in the finals in Tel Aviv!

For the first time in Selecția Națională history, an international jury will help select the Romanian Eurovision representative. They make up 50% of the vote. The other 50% will come from public voting. In case of a tie, the international jury will decide who will represent Romania in Tel Aviv.

The Humans represented Romania at the 2018 contest in Lisbon where they narrowly missed out on qualifying for the grand final, finishing 11th with their song “Goodbye”. This marked the first time that Romania has failed to qualify for the grand final since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004.

Source: TVR

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.

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