Olympic gymnast Catalina Ponor will be revealing the results of the Romanian jury in the Grand Final of Eurovision 2019.
TVR has revealed that Olympic gymnast Catalina Ponor will be the Romanian spokesperson at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Catalina told TVR that:
It is a great joy to represent Romania in this unique role. I know very well what it means to their country in a competition and the emotion that lives in you in these moments. I am with Roxen, with Romania at Eurovision!
Catalina represented Romania at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2012, and 2016, she became the first Romanian gymnast to win an Olympic medal at the games in London.
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 that 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.