The Romanian Head of Delegation has stated that the broadcaster is open to making changes to their selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
Smaranda Vornicu-Shalit, the Head of Delegation for Romania, has told escKaz that the broadcaster is open to making changes to their selection process. The comments come after this years selection process proved controversial, due to the weighting of the international jury compared to the public televote.
Ms Vornicu-Shalit said that they would consider changes to the weighting of the televote to the jury, or even possibly an internal selection process. However for now, no decisions have been taken looking forward to next year.
Who is Ester Peony?
Ester Alexandra Crețu known professionally as Ester Peony was born in 1994 in Campulung, Romania. At the early age of 7 years old her parents immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 2001 where Peony spent only 4 years. She relocated to Romania after that and started writing music for artists before getting recognition, in 2014 she released her first single called “Cuminte de Crăciun”. She obtained recognition for her YouTube covers in 2015 which earned her a deal with a very popular record label, Cat Music to which she is now signed.
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.