Selecția Națională

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Selecția Națională (Romanian for "The National Selection") is a song contest which takes place every year in Romania and decides who will represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest. The contest started in 1993, when Dida Drăgan took the title. The record for the most points ever given in the contest is held by the 1998 winner Mălina Olinescu, with 634 points. Since 2006, the jury points were replaced by a system combining the points attributed after the juries and tele-voting choices are made into points 1 to 8 and then 10 and 12. The winner can finish with a total of 24 points at most, as if it would get the 12 points from both the jury and the voting. Over the years, the contest was held in various venues, from TV studios to concert halls, circuses, outdoors or even in a salt mine. The recurrent venue for the Selection is the Studio 3 of TVR. The most famous winners include Luminița Anghel, Mihai Trăistariu, Elena Gheorghe, Paula Seling or Mandinga.


TVR, the Romanian public broadcaster intended to join the Eurovision Song Contest starting with the 70s decade, but as it was a communist state, Romania wasn't able to enter the contest, despite their membership to the European Broadcasting Union. After the Romanian Revolution of 1989, their first attempt to enter the contest was in 1992, after the 1990-1991 mineriads. They weren't allowed to enter as they didn't have necessary funds. Romania organized the first national selection in 1993, when eleven of over two-hundred submitted songs competed in the grand final of the first ever Selecția Națională. The election method was a jury made of ten juros. The winner was announced to be Dida Drăgan with the song "Nu pleca" (Don't leave). The next year, Dan Bittman won with the rock ballad "Dincolo de nori" (Beyond the clouds). After one-year interruption, he selection was once again organized in 1996, when Monica Anghel & Sincron failed to qualify for the Eurovision final. The contest was once again boycotted in 1997, but it has returned to the public's eyes in 1998 when Mălina Olinescu won the contest. The "every other year" concept was applied until 2002, when the selection started being organized yearly. In 2006, the points awarded by the juries have been replaced by a combination of points by both the juries and the tele-voters. Since then, choice differences occurred five times. The juries decided the winner in 2006, 2009 and 2011, with the tele-voters deciding the winner in 2007 and in 2012. There was a common winners in 2008 and 2010 solely.


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


  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,[1] as well as in 1996 when there was an audio-only pre-qualifier for all countries excluding hosts Norway.[2][3] The official Eurovision site does not count either year in Romania's list of appearances.[4] Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "note1" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  2. ^ 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.[6]


  1. ^ a b Mincan, Mihai (18 May 2013). "Prima participare a României la Eurovision: „capcana culturală" Dida Drăgan" [Romania's first participation at Eurovision: the "cultural trap" Dida Drăgan] (in Romanian). Adevărul. Archived from the original on 2 July 2014. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Entries to the Eurovision Semi-Finals (1996)". ESC-History. Archived from the original on 19 August 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  3. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy (2010). The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History. United Kingdom: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-521-1.
  4. ^ a b "Romania – Eurovision Song Contest". European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Archived from the original on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
  5. ^ O'Connor, John Kennedy (2010). The Eurovision Song Contest – The Official History. United Kingdom: Carlton Books. ISBN 978-1-84732-521-1.
  6. ^ "Romania, descalificata de la Eurovision din cauza datoriilor TVR. Ce alte urmari ar putea avea decizia EBU" [Romania, disqualified from Eurovision because of TVR's debts. See what consequences EBU's decision could have] (in Romanian). Pro TV. 22 April 2016. Archived from the original on 16 May 2017. Retrieved 15 April 2018.

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