Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest

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Romania
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Member station TVR
National selection events
Participation summary
Appearances 19 (18 finals)
First appearance 1994
Best result 3rd: 2005, 2010
Worst result 11th (SF): 2018
External links
TVR's official website
Romania's page at Eurovision.tv
Song contest current event.png For the most recent participation see
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Romania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 19 times after making its debut in 1994. The country had originally attempted to debut in the contest one year earlier, but came last in the pre-qualifying round. Poor placements followed until 2002, resulting in several relegations. Over the years, Romania placed six times within the top 10; their best result to date was achieved by Luminița Anghel and Sistem in 2005, and by Paula Seling and Ovi in 2010, with both finishing third. Romania's most recent Grand Final appearance in 2017 saw Ilinca and Alex Florea reaching seventh place.

Since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004, Romania has only once failed to qualify for the Grand Final in 2018. In 2016, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) suspended broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) from all EBU member services due to the repeated non-payment of debts, which in turn disqualified their entry from participating in the contest. The Selecția Națională, a song contest which takes place every year in Romania, is used to select the country's entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. Its voting system and format have continuously changed over the years.

Contest history[edit]

Paula Seling and Ovi (pictured) placed third with their 2010 entry "Playing with Fire", marking Romania's best result in the contest alongside 2005's Luminița Anghel and Sistem.[1]

Romania unsuccessfully attempted to debut in the 1993 contest, selecting Dida Drăgan and her song "Nu pleca" for the pre-qualifying round Kvalifikacija za Millstreet; Drăgan came in last place.[2] The country's first official participation occurred one year later when Dan Bittman's "Dincolo de nori" placed 21st in the contest's Grand Final, resulting in Romania's relegation for the next edition.[1] The following years saw similar low placements and further relegations.[1][3]

In 2002 and 2003, Monica Anghel and Marcel Pavel, and Nicola scored Romania's first top 10 results, placing ninth and tenth, respectively. Following this, the country reached better placements in 2005 and 2006, claiming the third and fourth position with Luminița Anghel and Sistem, and Mihai Trăistariu, respectively. The first remains Romania's best result in the contest alongside Paula Seling and Ovi's 2010 entry "Playing with Fire". Apart from the aforementioned exceptions, the country placed inside the top 20 from 2004 to 2015, returning to the top 10 in 2017 when represented by Ilinca and Alex Florea.[1]

Romania has participated in the contest 19 times, having almost never failed to qualify for the final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004, except for 2018.[1] Also, in 2016 the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) suspended broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR) from all EBU member services due to the repeated non-payment of debts and the threat of insolvency. This in turn disqualified their 2016 entry, "Moment of Silence" sung by Ovidiu Anton from participating in the contest.[4] In 2008, Nico and Vlad won Romania's sole Marcel Bezençon award for "Pe-o margine de lume", in the Composer Award category.[5]

Selection process[edit]

The Selecția Națională is a song contest which takes place every year in Romania, selecting the Romanian entrant for the Eurovision Song Contest. Its first edition was held in 1993, with the winner chosen by 1100 households in Romania and Moldova.[6][7] In 1994 and 1996, regional jury panels were introduced;[8][9][10][11] televoting data was added to their scores in 1998.[12][13] 2000 marked the only year when Romania's entrant was selected solely by televoting.[14][15] From 2001 to 2015, the votes of a jury panel and televoting were used to determine the winner,[16][17][18] while from 2016 to 2018, the public could choose from songs selected by the jury.[19][20] The format of Selecția Națională continuously changed throughout the years. In 1993, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2015, the winner was selected during one single show.[6][21] One semi-final was introduced in 2016 and 2017;[19][22] the number of semi-finals increased to two in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2013,[23][24] and to five in 2018.[20]

Contestants[edit]

Table key
  Winner
  Second place
  Third place
  Last place
  Withdrew/Disqualified
Year Artist[1] Language Title Final Points Semi Points
1993[a] Dida Drăgan Romanian "Nu pleca" Failed to qualify 7 38
1994 Dan Bittman Romanian "Dincolo de nori" 21 14 No semi-finals
1995 Did not participate
1996[a] Monica Anghel and Sincron Romanian "Rugă pentru pacea lumii" Failed to qualify 29 11
1997 Did not participate No semi-finals
1998 Mălina Olinescu Romanian "Eu cred" 22 6
1999 Did not participate
2000 Taxi English "The Moon" 17 25
2001 Did not participate
2002 Monica Anghel and Marcel Pavel English "Tell Me Why" 9 71
2003 Nicola English "Don't Break My Heart" 10 73
2004 Sanda English "I Admit" 18 18 Top 11 Previous Year[b]
2005 Luminița Anghel and Sistem English "Let Me Try" 3 158 1 235
2006 Mihai Trăistariu English, Italian "Tornerò" 4 172 Top 11 Previous Year[b]
2007 Todomondo English, Italian, Spanish, Russian, French, Romanian "Liubi, Liubi, I Love You" 13 84 Top 10 Previous Year[b]
2008 Nico and Vlad Romanian, Italian "Pe-o margine de lume" 20 45 7 94
2009 Elena English "The Balkan Girls" 19 40 9 67
2010 Paula Seling and Ovi English "Playing with Fire" 3 162 4 104
2011 Hotel FM English "Change" 17 77 4 111
2012 Mandinga Spanish, English "Zaleilah" 12 71 3 120
2013 Cezar English "It's My Life" 13 65 5 83
2014 Paula Seling and Ovi English "Miracle" 12 72 2 125
2015 Voltaj Romanian, English "De la capăt (All Over Again)" 15 35 5 89
2016[c] Ovidiu Anton English "Moment of Silence" Disqualified[c]
2017 Ilinca and Alex Florea English "Yodel It!" 7 282 6 174
2018 The Humans English "Goodbye" Failed to qualify 11 107

Voting history[edit]

As of 2015, Romania's voting history is as follows:[27]

Commentators and spokespersons[edit]

Year Commentator Dual commentator Spokesperson Ref.
1994 Gabriela Cristea None Cristina Țopescu [28][29]
1998 Leonard Miron Anca Țurcașiu [30][31]
1999 Did not participate [30]
2000 Andreea Marin [30][32]
2001 Unknown Did not participate [30]
2002 Unknown Leonard Miron [33]
2003 [34]
2004 Andreea Marin [35]
2005 Berti Barbera [36]
2006 Andreea Marin Bănică [37]
2007 [38]
2008 Leonard Miron Alina Sorescu [30][39]
2009 Unknown [40]
2010 Leonard Miron Gianina Corondan Malvina Cservenschi [30][41][42]
2011 Liana Stanciu Bogdan Pavlică [43][44]
2012 Leonard Miron Gianina Corondan Paula Seling [30][45][46]
2013 Liana Stanciu None Sonia Argint-Ionescu [47][48]
2014 Unknown Unknown [49]
2015 [50]
2017 Liana Stanciu Radu Andrei Tudor [51][52]
2018 Liliana Ștefan [53][54]

Photogallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Romania unsuccessfully attempted to participate in 1993 when there was a pre-qualifying round for seven countries hoping to make their debut in the contest,[2] as well as in 1996 when there was an audio-only pre-qualifier for all countries excluding hosts Norway.[3][25] The official Eurovision site does not count either year in Romania's list of appearances.[1]
  2. ^ a b c According to the then-Eurovision rules, the top ten non-Big Four countries from the previous year along with the Big Four automatically qualified for the Grand Final without having to compete in semi-finals. For example, if Germany and France placed inside the top ten, the 11th and 12th spots were advanced to next year's Grand Final along with all countries ranked in the top ten.
  3. ^ a b Romania initially intended to enter the contest in 2016, however due to the non-payment of debts, TVR was disqualified by the EBU from competing at the Eurovision Song Contest.[26]

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  35. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2004. Istanbul, Turkey. 12–15 May 2004. 
  36. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2005. Kiev, Ukraine. 19–21 May 2005. 
  37. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2006. Athens, Greece. 18–20 May 2006. 
  38. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2007. Helsinki, Finland. 10–12 May 2007. 
  39. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2008. Belgrade, Serbia. 20–24 May 2008. 
  40. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2009. Moscow, Russia. 12–14 May 2009. 
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  49. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Copenhagen, Denmark. 6–10 May 2014. 
  50. ^ Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Vienna, Austria. 19–23 May 2015. 
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