Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

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Eurovision Song Contest 2019
Country Romania
National selection
Selection processSelecția Națională 2019
Selection date(s)Semi-finals:
27 January 2019
10 February 2019
Final:
17 February 2019
Selected entrantEster Peony
Selected song"On a Sunday"
Selected songwriter(s)Ester Alexandra Crețu
Alexandru Șerbu
Ioana Victoria Badea
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2018 2019

Romania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 with the entry On a Sunday performed by the singer Ester Peony who wrote the song together with Alexandru Șerbu and Ioana Victoria Badea. The song was selected through a national final organized by the Romanian broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR).

Background[edit]

Prior to the 2019 Contest, Romania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest nineteen times since its first entry in 1994.[1] Its highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been third place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 2005 with the song "Let Me Try" performed by Luminița Anghel and Sistem and in 2010 with the song "Playing with Fire" performed by Paula Seling and Ovi. In 2018, Romania failed to qualify to the final, placing 11th in the second semi-final with the song "Goodbye" performed by The Humans. This marked the first time that Romania failed to qualify to the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of semi-finals in 2004.[2]

Before Eurovision[edit]

Selecția Națională 2019[edit]

As a consent from a conference regarding changes to be implemented for Romania's next Eurovision participation following 2018's "failure",[3] Selecția Națională 2019 has been announced as the national selection organized by TVR and its regional studios in order to select the country's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[4] Romania had previously confirmed its participation in the contest on 20 September 2018.[5] Selecția Națională 2019, having the slogan "Împlineşte visul!" ("Fulfill the dream!"), consisted of three shows: two semi-finals in Arad and Iași and a final in Bucharest.[4] They were sponsored by Ford.[6]

Competing entries[edit]

TVR opened a submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries between 9 November and 10 December 2018, during which a total of 126 entries were received.[4][7] 24 semi-finalists for Selecția Națională 2019 were announced by TVR on 20 December 2018, chosen by an 11-piece professional jury consisting of:[4]

  • George Balint – Realitatea Muzicală music journalist
  • Felix Crainicu – Radio România Actualități host
  • Horea Ghibuţiu – unsitedemuzica.ro music journalist
  • Bogdan Miu – DigiFM music journalist and host
  • Bogdan Pavlică – Radio România Actualități host
  • Răzvan Popescu – Radio ZU host
  • Andreea Remeţan – Virgin Radio Romania host
  • Gabriel Scîrlet – TVR musical director
  • Oliver Simionescu – Kiss FM disc jockey
  • Liana Stanciu – TVR music journalist
  • Dragoş Vulgaris – Pro FM and Chill FM music journalist

Soon after, Dan Bittman withdrew his entry "Pierd" from the contest due to conflicting schedules.[8] Out of the nine submissions received and rated by the aforementioned jury,[9] Bella Santiago's "Army of Love" and Linda Teodosiu's "Renegades" replaced the latter as wildcards.[10] After the announcement of the two wildcard acts, Mihai withdrew his entry "Baya" from the contest; he cited the unclear organization of the Selecția Națională, as well as allegedly "favoured" contestants as reasons.[11] Xandra would also later withdraw her song "Independent" for unknown reasons.[12]

Shows[edit]

11 songs competed in the first semi-final and 12 songs in the second semi-final, with the five entries in each attracting the most points from a national jury — consisting of Adi Cristescu, Mihai Georgescu, Crina Mardare, Andy Platon and Mugurel Vrabete[38] — qualifying for the final. A further one entry from the remaining, non-qualified ones with the most votes from the audience were passed into the final.[39] A six-piece international jury was made up for the final; the entry receiving the most jury and televoting points won the contest.[39] The jury consisted of:[40]

Semi-final 1[edit]

  Jury qualifier   Public vote qualifier

Semi-final 1 – 27 January 2019[41][42]
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Vote Result
Votes Place Votes Place
01 Trooper "Destin" 36 3[b] Advanced
02 Berniceya "The Call: Dynasty of Love" 8 9 104 6 Eliminated
03 Ommieh and Anakrisez "Rock This Way" 23 8 262 4 Eliminated
04 Teodora Dinu "Skyscraper" 27 5 Advanced
05 Dya and Lucian Colareza "Without You (Sin ti)" 37 4[b] Advanced
06 Nicola "Weight of the World" 27 6 255 5 Eliminated
07 Steam "The Way It Goes" 6 10 394 3 Eliminated
08 Vaida "Underground" 26 7 1,825 1 Advanced
09 Claudiu Mirea "We Are the Ones" 48 1 Advanced
10 The Four "Song of My Heart" 5 11 661 2 Eliminated
11 Bella Santiago "Army of Love" 47 2 Advanced
Semi-final 2[edit]

  Jury qualifier   Public vote qualifier

Semi-final 2 – 10 February 2019[43][42]
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Vote Result
Votes Place Votes Place
01 2 Gents "Ielele" 18 7 295 2 Eliminated
02 Georgy "Tears" 5 10 191 4 Eliminated
03 Olivier Kaye "Right Now" 30 5 Advanced
04 Xonia "Discrete" 14 9 154 5 Eliminated
05 TMW "Make Me Your Man" 1 12 254 3 Eliminated
06 Johnny Bădulescu "Give Up Now" 16 8 142 6 Eliminated
07 Echoes "High Heels On" 3 11 141 7 Eliminated
08 Aldo Blaga "Your Journey" 19 6 539 1 Advanced
09 Letiția Moisescu and Sensibil Balkan "Daina" 37 4 Advanced
10 Laura Bretan "Dear Father" 54 1 Advanced
11 Ester Peony "On a Sunday" 41 3 Advanced
12 Linda Teodosiu "Renegades" 52 2 Advanced
Final[edit]

The final featured guest performances by Emmelie de Forest ("Sanctuary" and "Only Teardrops"), winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2013, as well as Inis Neziri ("Piedestal" and "Man's World"), as well as by Netta Barzilai ("Toy" and "Bassa Sababa").[6]

Final – 17 February 2019[44][45]
Draw Artist Song Jury Public Vote Total Place
Votes Points
01 Linda Teodosiu "Renegades" 36 771 6 42 4
02 Olivier Kaye "Right Now" 26 151 1 27 8
03 Laura Bretan "Dear Father" 48 4,685 12 60 2
04 Teodora Dinu "Skyscraper" 7 139 0 7 12
05 Claudiu Mirea "We Are the Ones" 19 134 0 19 9
06 Aldo Blaga "Your Journey" 10 455 4 14 10
07 Ester Peony "On a Sunday" 62 356 3 65 1
08 Letiția Moisescu and Sensibil Balkan "Daina" 35 572 5 40 5
09 Bella Santiago "Army of Love" 50 1,161 8 58 3
10 Trooper "Destin" 19 1,425 10 29 7
11 Dya and Lucian Colareza "Without You (Sin ti)" 8 332 2 10 11
12 Vaida "Underground" 28 988 7 35 6

At Eurovision[edit]

The Eurovision Song Contest 2019 will take place at Expo Tel Aviv in Tel Aviv, Israel and will consist of two semi-finals on 14 and 16 May and the final on 18 May 2019. According to Eurovision rules, all nations with the exceptions of the host country and the "Big 5" (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom) are required to qualify from one of two semi-finals in order to compete for the final; the top ten countries from each semi-final progress to the final.

Romania was drawn to participate in the first half of the second semi-final in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Semi-final[edit]

Voting[edit]

Voting during the three shows involved each country awarding two sets of points from 1-8, 10 and 12: one from their professional jury and the other from televoting. Each nation's jury consisted of five music industry professionals who are citizens of the country they represent, with their names published before the contest to ensure transparency. This jury judged each entry based on: vocal capacity; the stage performance; the song's composition and originality; and the overall impression by the act. In addition, no member of a national jury was permitted to be related in any way to any of the competing acts in such a way that they cannot vote impartially and independently. The individual rankings of each jury member as well as the nation's televoting results were released shortly after the grand final.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ielele is the definite form of iele, which are mythical creatures in Romanian mythology akin to nymphs or fairies. The song is sung bilingually in English and Romanian.
  2. ^ a b It is unclear why Trooper was ranked above Dya and Lucian Colareza, despite getting one point less.

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