Selecţia Naţională is returning as the Romanian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2022.
TVR has announced that Selecţia Naţională is returning having last been held in 2019. The selection returns after TVR opted to internally select Roxen for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 and then hold a song selection, while in 2021 Roxen and her song were both internally selected.
The Romanian broadcaster has announced that song submissions for Selecţia Naţională will open on November 26 and close on December 10. The full rules of the selection and its format is expected to be released in the coming days.
Iuliana Marciuc the Romanian Head of Delegation commented:
I am glad that I will live, again, the emotions of the Eurovision competition and I hope that the return to the national selection system will be auspicious. Any competition attracts performance and offers a chance to every artist who wants to represent their country on the stage of the biggest music competition in the world
For me it is a great challenge, I have the experience of several national teams, I had the honor to be the head of the Romanian delegation and I strongly believe in our ability, of the TVR team, to obtain a new qualification in the Eurovision final”, added the star TVR.
Romania has failed to make the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2017. The country which had been a consistent qualifier has finished 11th, 12th, and 13th in their Semi-Final. Roxen finished 12th in Rotterdam scoring 85 points, 30 points away from a qualification spot.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: TVR
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.