TVR has revealed the twelve artists who will be competing in the first semi-final of the Romanian selection process for Eurovision 2019.
The twelve artists competing in the first semi-final of Selectia Nationala 2019 have been revealed by TVR. The running order draw for the semi-final is still to take place, but the singers competing in the semi-final are now known;
- Bella Santiago – Army of love
- Laura Bretan – Dear Father
- Trooper – Destiny
- Ommieh x Anakrisez – Rock This Way
- Teodora Dinu – Skyscraper
- The Four – Song of My Heart
- Berniceya – The Call: Dynasty of Love
- Steam – The Way It Goes
- Vaida – Underground
- Claudiu Mirea – We Are The Ones
- Nicola – Weight of The World
- Dya & Lucian Colareza – Without You (sin ti)
TVR has not confirmed the artists competing in semi-final two, however the artists not yet allocated to a semi-final are;
- Letitia Moisescu & Sensibil Balkan – Daina
- Xonia – Discrete
- Johnny Badulescu – Give up now
- Echoes – High heels on
- 2 Gents – Ielele (Fairies)
- Xandra – Independent
- TWM – Make me your man
- Ester Peony – On a Sunday
- Olivier Kaye – Right now
- Georgy – Tears
- Aldo Blaga – Your journey
- Linda Teodosiu – Renegades
Six acts will qualify for the Grand Final from each of the two-semi finals. The semi-finals of Selecția Națională will take place in Arad and Iași on January 20 and 27 respectively. In each of the two semi-finals, a national jury will select up to five songs to qualify for the final and public voting will pick one more. TVR also reserves the right to select one wildcard act. This means that no more than 13 entries will compete in the final.
The final will be held on February 17 in Bucharest. 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.
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.