TVR has announced this morning that a jury will select the song that Roxen will perform at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
For the first time Romania has opted to use a jury to select its entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, with the public having no say in the song Roxen will perform. The selection which kicks off today will see Roxen record a number of demos and send them off to jury members to assess. The jury will then select the song they want to see at Eurovision.
TVR explains that decision to use a jury to select its entry is down to budget restraints at the broadcaster as well as COVID-19 social distancing rules which limited the ability to hold a selection.
Roxen commented that:
I had a completely atypical year, a lot of challenges and a competition that lasted for almost two years. But in the end, the most important thing is to be healthy and see each other well. I am also looking forward to finding out which song I will represent Romania with this year at Eurovision. Whatever it is, I hope you like it and enjoy it. I can’t wait to start the journey back to Rotterdam and recharge, together, with the best energy.
Liana Stanciu, Head of Delegation added:
The Eurovision Song Contest will probably be the first music event on the planet, after a year in which the music industry suffered and live music on stage fell silent. Musicians from 41 countries will be more united than ever in Rotterdam and more eager than ever to demonstrate what a miraculous and healing power music can have.
Who is Roxen?
Larisa Roxana Giurgiu (Roxen) was born on January 5 2000 in Cluj-Napoca in northwestern Romania. At the age of 7, she began singing and participating in numerous competitions and festivals, and has since gone on to release two songs which have featured in the Romanian radio charts: “You Don’t Love Me” and “Ce-ti canta dragostea” (What love sings to you). According to Media Forest weekly charts, Roxen is the 3rd most played artist on Romanian radio stations.
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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.