“Alcohol You” is the entry that Roxen will represent Romania with at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.
The Romanian national selection took place tonight in Buzău. Two past Eurovision entrants guided viewers through the show; Elena Gheorghe (Romania 2009) and Connect-R (Moldova 2006). During the show there were special guest performances from Loreen (Eurovision 2012 winner), Ulrikke (Norway 2020) and Sandro (Cyprus 2020).
The winning song was decided by a jury vote (50%) and public voting (50%). The jurors were:
- Luminiţa Anghel – Represented Romania at Eurovision 2005
- Crina Mardare
- Alin Opera
- Edward Sandra
- Andrei Tudor – Composer
Roxen performed all five songs in competition tonight. The results were as follows (jury + public vote):
- “Beautiful Disaster” – 0 points (0 + 0) 5th
- “Cherry Red” – 3 points (1 + 2) 3rd
- “Colors” – 3 points (2 + 1) 4th
- “Alcohol You” – 10 points (5 + 5) 1st
- “Storm” – 6 points (3 + 3) 2nd
Roxen will perform in the second half of the first semi-final on May 12.
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.