TVR has announced that Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen will be performing at Selecţia Naţională.
The final of Selecţia Naţională will have a guest performer by former Eurovision winner Loreen. The Swedish singer who shot to fame following her 2012 victory with “Euphoria” will take to the stage of the Romanian national final on March 1.
The hosts of the show have also been announced by the Romanian public broadcaster. Two past Eurovision entrants will be guiding viewers through the show; Elena Gheorghe (Romania 2009) and Connect-R (Moldova 2006).
Singing for Romania will be 20 year old Roxen, who was internally selected by TVR following a songwriting camp to select from three artists.
During the national final on March 1, the five songs will be performed by the selected artist. The winning song will be decided by a jury vote (50%) and public voting (50%). In case of a tie, the public vote will take preference.
The five songs are as follows:
- “Storm” (written by Minelli and Viky Red)
- “Colors” (written by Julie Frost, Breyan Isaac and Alex Cotoi)
- “Cherry Red” (written by Theea Miculescu, Sebastian Barac, Marcel Botezan and Costel Dominteanu)
- “Beautiful Disaster” (written by Julie Frost, Breyan Isaac and Alex Cotoi)
- “Alcohol You” (written by Ionut Armas, Breyan Isaac, Viky Red)
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.