Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

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Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country  Romania
National selection
Selection process Eurovision Selecţia Naţională 2011
50% jury
50% televoting
Selection date(s) 31 December 2010
Selected entrant Hotel FM
Selected song "Change"
Finals performance
Semi-final result Qualified (4th, 111 points)
Final result 17th, 77 points
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2010 2011 2012►

Romania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany and selected their entry through a televised national final, organised by Romanian broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR).[1] "Hotel FM" were victorious with their song "Change" and thus represented the country in the 2011 contest.[2][3]

National Final 2011[edit]

On 1 October, Romanian national television announced that the national final would take place on the New Year's Eve show (31 December). 13 acts were to complete in a televised show. The deadline for entries was set for 5 November.[4] On November 15, TVR published the 13 songs along with videos produced by the broadcaster. The national final winner was to be declared by jury and televoting.[1][5] Johnny Logan was appointed as head of the jury.[6]

Paula Seling, Ovi, the 2010 Romanian representatives and Gianina Corondan, hosted the national final.[7]

The winning composer was awarded this time a BMW 3 Series (E90).[8] It was for the second year that the national selection winner - the composer - received a car.

Former Eurovision winners Johnny Logan as well as Niamh Kavanagh were the special guests of the evening. Chiara Siracusa also made an appearance.[6]

Selecţia Naţională 2011[edit]

Logo of this year's selection

During a press conference held by TVR, 13 finalists were announced.[9] The draw of the running order took place at Marina Almasan-Socaciu's TV show, Ne vedem la TVR!, on 20 November.[10] Although leading the televoting Distinto, Ianna & Anthony Icuagu didn't win the jury votes, so they won't win the ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The winner was Hotel FM with the song "Change.[2][3]

Selecţia Naţională 2011 - 31 December 2010
Draw Artist Song Televote Jury Total Place
1 Adi Cristescu "One by One" 2 2 4 8
2 Dalma "Song for Him" 0 3 3 11
3 Leticia "Dreaming of You" 4 6 10 6
4 Silvia Ștefănescu "I Can't Breathe Without You" 1 1 2 12
5 Blaxy Girls "It's So Fine" 6 0 6 7
6 Claudia Pavel "I Want U to Want Me" 3 0 3 10
7 Laurențiu Cazan "We Can Change The World" 5 7 12 5
8 Dan Helciug "My Facebook Girl" 0 4 4 9
9 Distinto, Ianna & Anthony Icuagu "Open Your Eyes" 12 5 17 2
10 Direcția 5 "Cinema Love" 7 10 17 3
11 Rallsa "Take me down" 0 0 0 13
12 Hotel FM "Change" 10 12 22 1
13 Mihai Alexandru featuring B-Body & Soul "Bang Bang" 8 8 16 4

Before Eurovision[edit]

A special concert took place on April 9 in Bucharest. Four Eurovision contestants performed their entries live at the Nichita Stanescu hall. The concert was broadcast live by TVR 1 and TVR International while a live webcast was provided by Kati Wolf, the Hungarian entry, was also invited, but she was busy, and couldn't perform at this special concert.

Düsseldorf, venim! - 9 April 2011
Country Artist Song
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind"
 Moldova Zdob si Zdub "So lucky"
 Romania Hotel FM "Change"
 Slovakia TWiiNS "I'm still alive"

Promo tours[edit]

Artists from five countries visited Romania during their Eurovision promo tours:

Country Artist Song Date
 Bulgaria Poli Genova "Na inat" March 19
 Russia Alexey Vorobyov "Get You" April 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" April 9
 Moldova Zdob si Zdub "So lucky" April 9
 Slovakia TWiiNS "I'm still alive" April 9

At Eurovision[edit]

Romania competed in the second half of the second semi-final of the contest, on 12 May. It qualified for the great final, with a total of 111 points (the fourth country). During the 14 May final, Romanian performed the 17th and ended up on the same position, in a tie with Russia, with a total of 77 points. It received the maximum 12 points from Moldova and Italy, 10 points from Belgium, 8 points from Spain, 6 points from: Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Israel, 5 points from Turkey, 4 points from Netherlands and Denmark and 1 point from Austria, Hungary, Ireland and Estonia.

Split Results[edit]

  • In the Semi-final 2 Romania came 4th with 111 points: the public awarded Romania 3rd place with 121 points and the jury awarded 5th place with 85 points.
  • In the Final Romania came 17th with 77 points: the public awarded Romania 14th place with 79 points and the jury awarded 13th place with 86 points.

Points awarded by Romania[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "National final on New Year's Eve". ESCDaily. 1 October 2010. Retrieved 1 October 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Webb, Glen (1 January 2011). "Hotel FM victorious in Romania". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 1 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Busa, Alexandru (2011-01-01). "Hotel FM to represent Romania in Düsseldorf". Retrieved 2011-01-02. 
  4. ^ Kalimeris, Aris (2010-10-02). "Romania: New Year's Eve with champagne & Eurovision". Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  5. ^ Coroneri, Alenka (2010-10-01). "TVR kicks off national selection". Retrieved 2010-10-02. 
  6. ^ a b Busa, Alexandru (2010-12-06). "Niamh Kavanagh & Chiara guests at Romania's final". Retrieved 2010-12-06. 
  7. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-10-16). "Paula & Ovi to host the Romanian national final". Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  8. ^ Siim, Jarmo (2010-10-25). "Romanian lineup revealed on 15 November". Retrieved 2010-10-25. 
  9. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-10). "Romania : Finalists for 2011 Eurovision selection announced". Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  10. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-20). "Romania : Draw for the running order completed". Retrieved 2010-11-20. 

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