TVR has announced that the final of Selecţia Naţională will take place on March 5, with the selection being held over the course of four months.
A total of forty-five songs will compete to represent Romania at Eurovision 2022, with the selection process kicking off in December and running until March. Between December 21 and 22 a jury formed of five members will listen to all of the songs received into the selection. They will select a total of 45 songs progressing to the next stage of the selection, the results will be announced no later than December 23.
All 45 songs will then compete in a two-part semi-final. From February 5 to 10 a jury and the public will be able to vote online for their favourite acts. The jury will select 15 songs to progress to the second part of the final, while the public will select 5 songs.
On February 12 a televised semi-final is then held, with the first live performances from the twenty shortlisted songs. In this show a jury will select ten songs to go through to the final, they will announce their points after each performance.
On March 5 the final of Selecţia Naţională will be held, the winner representing Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin, Italy. The winner will be determined by a combination of public vote and jury voting.
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.
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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.