Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013

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Eurovision Song Contest 2013
Country  Romania
National selection
Selection process Selecția Națională 2013
50% Televoting/SMS
50% Judging panel
Selection date(s) Semi-final 1:
23 February 2013
Semi-final 2:
24 February 2013
Final:
9 March 2013
Selected entrant Cezar
Selected song "It's My Life"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (5th, 83 points)
Final result 13th, 65 points
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
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Romania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden. The Romanian entry was selected through Selecția Națională 2013, a televised selection process organised by the Romanian broadcaster Romanian Television (TVR). Cezar represented Romania with the song "It's My Life", which qualified from the second semi-final of the competition and finished in 13th place in the final, scoring 65 points.[1][2]

Selecția Națională 2013[edit]

On 13 January 2013, TVR released details regarding the national selection. A submission period between 14 January and 3 February was made available for all interested singers and songwriters to apply.[3][4] At the close of the submission period, artists were required to attend one of five auditions held in cities across the country: Iaşi (6 February), Cluj-Napoca (8 February), Timișoara (10 February), Craiova (12 February) and Bucharest (14 February).

148 songs were submitted at the close of the deadline with entries being received from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Israel, Sweden and France in addition to Romania.[5] A professional jury was to select the best 24-28 songs and announce them on 18 February.[3][4] Instead, on 14 February, 32 semifinalists were named by TVR.[6] Dan Manoliu, manager of the Romanian selection, cited the high quality of the entries received as the reason for increasing the number of competing entries from the maximum that was originally announced.[7]

The semifinalists were subsequently drawn into two semifinals held on 23 and 24 February with the qualifying entries proceeding to the final on 9 March.[3][4][8] The three shows were hosted by Eurovision Song Contest 2010 participants Paula Seling and Ovi with singer Andreea Bănică and actor/comedian Marius Rizea joining them to present the program in the role of the members of ABBA.[5]

The jury panel for the semifinals and final consisted of composers George Natsis, Eduard Cârcotă, Andrei Tudor, Mihai Ogăşanu, Crina Mardare and musical director Sanda Cepraga.[9][10] Music critic Dana Dorian was a member of the jury in both of the semifinals, while radio presenter Ştefan Naftanailă was a member of the jury in the final.[11]

Semifinal 1[edit]

The first semifinal took place on 23 February 2013. Of the sixteen entries competing, six proceeded to the final: "Un Refren" performed by Casa Presei, "Criminal Mind" performed by FreeStay, "Unique" performed by Luminița Anghel, "It's My Life" performed by Cezar, "Emilia" performed by Electric Fence and "Hello" performed by Tudor Turcu.[12] The result was decided through the 50/50 combination of a jury vote and a public televote.

Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Viewers Jury Total Place
Televote Points Votes Points
01 Tudor Turcu "Hello" Călin Pop (m/l), Norbert Kovacs (m/l) 2,105 7 17 2 9 6
02 Casa Presei "Un Refren" Gabriel Basarebescu (m), Robert Turcescu (l) 6,886 12 10 1 13 3
03 Electric Fence "Emilia" David Ciente (m/l), Elena Luminița Vasile (m/l),
Antonio Eduard Antemir (m), Lucian Indre (m)
1,862 5 43 6 11 4
04 Diana Hetea "I believe in love" Jonas Gladnikoff (m/l), Johnny Sanchez (m/l), Sara Ljunggren (m/l),
Michael James Down (m), Anders Kollerfors (m)
578 0 20 3 3 12
05 Station 4 "Your heart is telling me so" Mihai Alexandru (m/l), Marian Stancu (l), Constantin Axinte Amza (l) 1,274 3 9 0 3 11
06 Edict "Buddy Buddy" Valeriu Cataraga (m), Anatol Neagu (l) 274 0 9 0 0 16
07 FreeStay "Criminal Mind" Matei Alexandru Mihai (m/l), Florin Ristei (m/l) 1,542 4 44 7 11 5
08 Maximilian Muntean "Broken Heart" Petru Călinescu (m/l) 778 1 3 0 1 14
09 Brigitta & Mihai feat. TIPS "One heart" Tudor Nițu (m), David Ciente (m), Brigitta Szebenyi (l) 734 0 34 5 5 9
10 Natalia Barbu "Confession" Ana Sîrbu (m/l), Radu Sîrbu (m) 850 2 4 0 2 13
11 Spin & Cezar Dometi "Silver lining" Cătălin Tuță Popescu (m), Răzvan Cârligeanu (l) 689 0 31 4 4 10
12 Liviu Mititelu "La donna di nero" Liviu Mititelu (m/l) 2,028 6 0 0 6 8
13 Cezar Florin Ouatu "It's my life" Cristian Faur (m/l) 2,401 8 52 10 18 2
14 Tammy "Firebird" Zoltan Pop (m/l) 613 0 0 0 0 15
15 Luminița Anghel "Unique" Rafael Herrero (m/l), Jose Juan Santana Rodriguez (l) 3,038 10 80 12 22 1
16 Anthony "Dream girl" Marcus Frenell (m), Frederik Randquist (m), Hanif Sabzevari (m/l),
Jimi Thiesen (m), Michael James Down (m)
703 0 44 8 8 7

Jury[edit]

Detailed Jury Votes - Semifinal 1
Draw Song George
Natsis
Alexandra
Cepraga
Eduard
Cârcotă
Crina
Mardare
Andrei
Tudor
Dana
Dorian
Mihai
Ogăşanu
Total Points
01 "Hello" 4 0 3 7 0 0 3 17 2
02 "Un Refren" 0 3 4 0 0 3 0 10 1
03 "Emilia" 10 8 6 3 8 6 2 43 6
04 "I believe in love" 0 2 0 8 4 0 6 20 3
05 "Your heart is telling me so" 3 0 2 1 2 1 0 9 0
06 "Buddy Buddy" 2 3 1 0 0 2 1 9 0
07 "Criminal mind" 7 7 8 2 7 5 8 44 7
08 "Broken heart" 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0
09 "One heart" 6 4 0 12 5 0 7 34 5
10 "Confession" 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 4 0
11 "Silver lining" 1 2 5 5 1 7 10 31 4
12 "La donna di nero" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 "It's my life" 5 10 10 4 10 8 5 52 10
14 "Firebird" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 "Unique" 12 12 12 10 12 10 12 80 12
16 "Dream girl" 8 1 7 6 6 12 4 44 8

Semifinal 2[edit]

The second semifinal took place on 24 February 2013. Of the sixteen entries competing, six proceeded to the final: "Seven" performed by Narcis Iustin Ianău, "Spinning" performed by Elena Cârstea Muttart, "Run away with me" performed by Ovidiu Anton, "The Best Thing In Life Is To Love" performed by Cristian Prăjescu, "What Is Love" performed by Al Mike featuring Renee Santana and "Paralysed" performed by Andrei Leonte.[13] The result was decided through the 50/50 combination of a jury vote and a public televote.

Draw Artist Song Lyrics (l) / Music (m) Viewers Jury Total Place
Televote Points Votes Points
01 Ovidiu Anton "Run away with me" Ovidiu Anton (m/l) 1414 4 42 5 9 6
02 Leticia "We are one" Radu Alexandrescu (m/l), Sandu Ștefan (m/l) 792 0 0 0 0 16
03 Mosquito "Feel the same" Gabriel Băruța (m), Edi Enache (l) 654 0 26 3 3 12
04 Alin Văduva "Storyline" Kevin Borg (m/l), Simon Gribe (m/l), Alin Văduva (m/l),
Aidan O'Conner (m/l)
447 0 10 2 2 14
05 Al Mike feat. Renee Santana "What is love" Mihai Alexandru (m/l), Alexandra Niculae (l) 1030 3 68 10 13 3
06 Diana Matei "Ma Ma He" Diana Matei (m/l), Gabriel Alexandru (m/l) 963 2 0 0 2 13
07 9 Gardens "All for naught" Cary Shields (m/l), Dan Secheli (m), Florin Ștefan (m),
Radu Iaszberenyi (m)
468 0 43 6 6 10
08 The Zuralia Orchestra "Sukar Transylvania" Aurel Mirea (m/l) 2455 8 6 0 8 7
09 ABCD "Final de război" Cristina Haios (m/l), Gabriel Maga (m) 771 0 45 7 7 9
10 Elena Cârstea Muttart "Spinning" Elena Cârstea Muttart (m/l), Cristian Faur (m) 2112 6 71 12 18 1
11 Narcis Iustin Ianău "Seven" Narcis Iustin Ianău (m/l), Dan Horațiu Dumitraș (m) 3108 12 1 0 12 4
12 Claudiu Mirea "I feel so high" Daniel Alexandrescu (m/l), Claudiu Mirea (m/l) 821 0 26 4 4 11
13 Andrei Leonte "Paralyzed" Mike Eriksson (m/l), Johnny Sanchez (m),
Michael James Down (m), Jonas Thander (l)
1585 5 49 8 13 2
14 Cristian Prăjescu "The best thing in life is to love" Sergiu Rudichi (m/l) 2678 10 8 0 10 5
15 Jul "Wake me up" Victor Bouroșu (m), Cristian Paul Iacob (l) 910 1 3 0 1 15
16 Phaser "Pour toi et pour moi" Florin Pop-Magda (m), Tinu Vidaicu (m), Lucian Oprișan (m),
Arnold Birta (m), Carina Dumitru (m/l), Radu Racz (m), Corian Păun (m)
2418 7 8 1 8 8

Jury[edit]

Detailed Jury Votes - Semifinal 2
Draw Song George
Natsis
Alexandra
Cepraga
Eduard
Cârcotă
Crina
Mardare
Andrei
Tudor
Dana
Dorian
Mihai
Ogăşanu
Total Points
01 "Run away with me" 8 8 3 2 6 7 8 42 5
02 "We are one" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
03 "Feel the same" 1 7 2 4 5 4 3 26 3
04 "Storyline" 3 1 5 1 0 0 0 10 2
05 "What is love" 10 10 12 6 8 10 12 68 10
06 "Ma Ma He" 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
07 "All for naught" 6 6 10 8 4 2 7 43 6
08 "Sukar Transylvania" 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 6 0
09 "Final de război" 7 5 7 7 7 6 6 45 7
10 "Spinning" 12 12 8 5 12 12 10 71 12
11 "Seven" 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0
12 "I feel so high" 2 3 4 10 2 3 2 26 4
13 "Paralyzed" 5 4 6 12 10 8 4 49 8
14 "The best thing in life is to love" 4 0 0 0 3 1 0 8 0
15 "Wake me up" 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0
16 "Pour toi et pour moi" 0 2 1 0 0 5 0 8 1

Final[edit]

The final took place on 9 March 2013. Six songs from each semifinal, all together 12 songs, competed with the 50/50 combination of a jury vote and a public televote determining the winner. Cezar was the winner with the song "It's My Life".[2]

Draw Artist Song Viewers Jury Total Place
Televote Points Votes Points
01 Casa Presei "Un Refren" 8,552 10 19 2 12 4
02 Narcis Iustin Ianău "Seven" 1,879 5 2 0 5 8
03 FreeStay "Criminal Mind" 1,168 0 39 5 5 9
04 Elena Cârstea Muttart "Spinning" 1,754 4 47 7 11 5
05 Luminița Anghel "Unique" 7,469 8 65 10 18 3
06 Ovidiu Anton "Run away with me" 536 0 20 3 3 11
07 Florin Cezar Ouatu "It's My Life" 9,774 12 47 8 20 1
08 Cristian Prăjescu "The best thing in life is to love" 1,672 3 10 0 3 10
09 Electric Fence "Emilia" 3,619 7 67 12 19 2
10 Al Mike feat. Renee Santana "What is love" 1,608 2 46 6 8 7
11 Tudor Turcu "Hello" 3,260 6 27 4 10 6
12 Andrei Leonte "Paralyzed" 1,276 1 17 1 2 12

Jury[edit]

Detailed Jury Votes - Final
Draw Song George
Natsis
Alexandra
Cepraga
Andrei
Tudor
Crina
Mardare
Eduard
Cârcotă
Ştefan
Naftanăilă
Mihai
Ogăşanu
Total Points
01 "Un Refren" 4 3 4 2 0 6 0 19 2
02 "Seven" 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0
03 "Criminal Mind" 8 5 6 3 6 8 3 39 5
04 "Spinning" 7 7 7 5 7 7 7 47 7
05 "Unique" 12 12 10 7 12 0 12 65 10
06 "Run away with me" 2 4 3 4 2 0 5 20 3
07 "It's my life" 3 8 12 1 10 5 8 47 8
08 "The best thing in life is to love" 6 0 0 0 1 3 0 10 0
09 "Emilia" 10 10 8 12 5 12 10 67 12
10 "What is love" 5 6 5 6 8 10 6 46 6
11 "Hello" 1 2 2 10 4 4 4 27 4
12 "Paralyzed" 0 1 1 8 3 2 2 17 1

Controversy[edit]

The winning song inspired the creation of a protest group on Facebook that sought to boycott the results of the national selection and call into question jury member Ştefan Naftanailă's votes, who gave zero points to Luminița Anghel.[14][15] Dan Manoliu, manager of the selection, was also surprised with Ştefan Naftanailă's votes, however, he stated that the results meet the criteria for the competition.[11]

At Eurovision[edit]

Cezar at the second semi-final dress rehearsal in Malmö.

Romania was allocated to compete in the first semi-final on 14 May for a place in the final on 18 May.[16] In the second semifinal, the producers of the show decided that Romania would close the semi-final and perform 17th, following Switzerland.[17]

Romania qualified from the second semi-final, placing 5th and scoring 83 points.[18][19] At the second semi-final winners' press conference, Romania was allocated to perform in the second half of the final.[20] In the final, the producers of the show decided that Romania would perform 14th, following the Netherlands and preceding United Kingdom.[21] Romania placed 13th in the final, scoring 65 points.[1]

Points awarded to Romania[edit]

Points Awarded to Romania (Semi-Final 2)[19]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points Awarded to Romania (Final)[1]
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

Points awarded by Romania[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Leon, Jakov (16 May 2013). "We have ten more finalists!". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
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  20. ^ Brey, Marco (16 May 2013). "Second Semi-Final Winners' Press Conference". Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 
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