Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012

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Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Country  Romania
National selection
Selection process Selecția Națională 2012
Selection date(s) 10 March 2012
Selected entrant Mandinga
Selected song "Zaleilah"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (3rd, 120 points)
Final result 12th, 71 points
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Romania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Romanian entry was selected through a national final, organised by the Romanian broadcaster Romanian Television (TVR). Mandinga represented Romania with the song "Zaleilah", which qualified from the first semi-final and went on to place 12th in the final, scoring 71 points.[1][2]

Background[edit]

Logo of Selecția Națională 2012

In mid-January 2012, Romania's participation remained unconfirmed. The online portal of one of Romania's newspapers, Cotidianul, assumed that Romania was not going to enter the 2012 edition of the contest, but TVR officials did not confirm this claim.[3] It was subsequently announced that Romania would take part in the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest.[4] TVR pressured the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to lower the entry fee and stated that participation was only possible if 40% of all the costs that may occur could be funded by a sponsor.[5]

It was announced that TVR had tried to convince Inna to represent Romania in the 2012 Contest by internal selection, but she refused the offer as she was busy with the I Am the Club Rocker Tour.[6][7]

TVR has announced that prospective participant should submit their entry between February 6 and February 23 which will then initiate the process of verification that the rules have been obeyed and this will then lead the songs to proceed to a short-listing process by a jury of mass-media professionals. If rules are found not to have been obeyed, the entries will be automatically disqualified. If the jury considers the artist as not appropriate for the song, they will recommend another artist from the list for the final. A participation fee of 150 RON (€34.50) is being perceived. The grand final will took place in Bucharest on March 10.[8]

Irish songwriter Karl Broderick submitted his song "Twilight" in the competition to select Romania's Eurovision Song Contest entry after correctly predicting that Jedward would win the Irish selection with their song "Waterline". Broderick told RTÉ, "The song is a nod to the popular films of the same name, about vampires, so I thought it would be interesting to send the song to the home of Transylvania. They (Romania) came third two years ago."[9]

Selecția Națională 2012[edit]

In November 2011, a rumor started on the internet that Romania will withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest 2012. None of the TVR officials commented the rumors until mid-January, 2012 when it was officially announced that Romania will compete in that year's edition of the contest. The plan of a national final was partly abolished, as TVR approached Inna to represent Romania in the competition. She eventually refused the participation, claiming full agenda and schedules in the time prior to the final as the only reason for her resignation. As the internal selection didn't go well, in late January it was announced that TVR opened a pre-selection of entries for the fifteenth edition of Selecția Națională.

On February 6, SRTV published a wishlist for composers, encouraging them to compose entries for the following 84 artists.[10]

Mihai Trăistariu (left) and Elena Gheorghe (right) represented Romania in the Contest in the past and they confirmed to return for the 2012 Selection.
Paula Seling (left) and Ovi (right) received the best place Romania ever gained in the contest, when they came third in 2010. They will compete in the National Final again, in 2012.

Aurelian Temișan
Akcent
Alex Velea
Alexa
Alexandra Stan
Alexandra Ungureanu
Alin Vaduva
Alina Eremia
Annamarie Dancs
Anda Adam
Andra
Andreea Bănică
Antonia
Blaxy Girls
Bogdan Bradu
Cătălin Josan
Claudia Pavel
Corina
Costi Ioniță
Cristian Sanda
Cristina Vasiu
Dalma Kovács
Dan Bălan
Delia
Desperado
Direcția 5
DJ Project
Dya

Edward Maya
Elena Gheorghe
Ellie White
Fly Project
Giulia
Holograf
Horia Brenciu
Hotel FM
Inna
Ionuț Ungureanu
Irina Popa
Jasmine
Kamelia
Keo
Laurențiu Cazan
Laurențiu Duță
Leo Iorga
Liviu Teodorescu
Lora (Wassabi)
Loredana Groza
Lucia Dumitrescu
Luminița Anghel
Mandinga
Marcel Pavel
Maria Radu
Mihai Trăistariu
Miki
Monica Anghel

Mona and Liviu Hodor
Morandi
Natalia Barbu
Nico
Nicola
Noni
Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu
Pasager
Pasha
Paula Seling
Pepe
Proconsul
Răzvan Krivach
RedBlonde
Silvia Ștefănescu
Simona Nae
Smiley
Ștefan Bănică, Jr.
Tabasco
Taxi
Tavi Colen
The Marker
Tica Alexe
Tony Tomas
Tara
Voltaj
Vunk
Zero

Notes:

  • Candidates in bold confirmed their participation.
  • Candidates crossed turned down the offer; Both White and Inna cited upcoming projects as the reason for their absence, promising a return in 2013.[6][11]
Selecția Națională 2012 - 10 March 2012
Draw Artist Song Televote Jury Total Place
1 Cătălin Josan "Call my name" 10 8 18 3
2 Ana Mardare "If you find simple words to say" 0 6 6 8
3 Vicky Red "If you ever feel" 4 0 4 10
4 RPK "Singura care" 0 0 0 15
5 Lucian Oros "The best a man can get" 5 0 5 9
6 Raluca Ocneanu "Time is on my side" 0 4 4 11
7 Electric Fence "Șun-ta" 7 12 19 2
8 Ovidiu Anton "I walk alone" 2 7 9 5
9 Miss Mary "Rollin" 0 2 2 14
10 Mandinga "Zaleilah" 12 10 22 1
11 T&L "Twilight" 6 0 6 6
12 Ioana Bianca Anuța "Girls don't cry" 8 1 9 4
13 Tasha "Say my name" 1 5 6 7
14 Bianca Purcărea "Don't say sorry" 3 0 3 12
15 Ana Mardare "This must be love" 0 3 3 13

At Eurovision[edit]

During the Semi-Final Allocation draw which was held on 25 January 2012, it was announced Romania were scheduled to compete in the first half of the first semi-final on 22 May.[12] On 20 March 2012 the Running Order draw was held, which determined the order of which the participants performed. Romania is set to perform 6th in the first semi-final.[13] Romania performed 6th in the first semi final, and at the close of the voting, qualified to the final. "Mandinga" achieved 3rd place with 120 points. In the final on May 26, Romania performed 14th. Romania ended up in 12th position scoring at the end of voting, with 71 points.

Points Awarded to Romania[14][edit]

Points Awarded to Romania (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points Awarded by Romania[14][edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final". Eurovision.tv. 
  2. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon (10 March 2012). "It's Mandinga for Romania". Eurovision.tv. 
  3. ^ "Romania might not take part in the Eurovision Song Contest 2012". cotidianul.ro. Retrieved January 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oficial, România participă la Eurovision 2012". Evenimentul Zilei. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "România depinde de sponsori pentru Eurovision". Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "TVR ar fi schimbat regulamentul Eurovision pentru Inna. Ea a refuzat să reprezinte România". Retrieved January 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ http://www.gandul.info/magazin/ce-a-raspuns-inna-cand-a-fost-intrebata-daca-participa-la-eurovision-2012-9144016
  8. ^ Busa, Alexandru (1 February 2012). "News - Romania: National final on March 10th". Retrieved 3 February 2012. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Romania to go Irish for Eurovision?". RTÉ Ten (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 5 March 2012. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Romania: Rules and Regulations Published". February 6, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Ellie White doesn't want to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest". February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  12. ^ Hondal, Victor. "Insignia exchange and semifinal allocation draw.". EscToday.com. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Results of the 2012 Running Order draw revealed!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  14. ^ a b Eurovision Song Contest 2012
  15. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Semi-Final (1), Eurovision
  16. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2012 Grand Final, Eurovision