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 In 2006, the points awarded by the juries have been replaced by a combination of points by both the juries and the tele-voters.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. Since 2010, the two semi-finals before the grand final were abolished, so only 12 to 18 songs are now able to participate in the one-night contest, held on Saturdays.[needs update]

The most recent edition of the contest was won by The Humans, with the song "Goodbye", which is set to compete in the second semi-final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, held in Lisbon, Portugal.


Year Artist Song Place at ESC Points at ESC
1993 Dida Drăgan "Nu pleca" Did not qualify N/A
1994 Dan Bittman "Dincolo de nori" 21 14
1996 Monica Anghel & Sincron "Rugă pentru pacea lumii" Did not qualify N/A
1998 Mălina Olinescu "Eu cred" 22 6
2000 Taxi "The Moon" 17 25
2002 Marcel Pavel & Monica Anghel "Tell Me Why" 9 71
2003 Nicola "Don't Break My Heart" 10 73
2004 Sanda Ladoși "I Admit" 18 18
2005 Luminița Anghel & Sistem "Let Me Try" 3 . 1 (SF) 158 . 235 (SF)
2006 Mihai Trăistariu "Tornerò" 4 172
2007 Todomondo "Liubi, Liubi, I Love You" 13 84
2008 Nico & Vlad Miriță "Pe-o margine de lume" 20 . 7 (SF) 45 . 94 (SF)
2009 Elena Gheorghe "The Balkan Girls" 19 . 9 (SF) 40 . 67 (SF)
2010 Paula Seling & Ovi "Playing with Fire" 3 . 4 (SF) 162 . 104 (SF)
2011 Hotel FM "Change" 17 . 4 (SF) 77 . 111 (SF)
2012 Mandinga "Zaleilah" 12 . 3 (SF) 71 . 120 (SF)
2013 Cezar "It's My Life" 13 . 5 (SF) 65 . 83 (SF)
2014 Paula Seling & Ovi "Miracle" 12 . 2 (SF) 72 . 125 (SF)
2015 Voltaj "De la capăt" 15 . 5 (SF) 35 . 89 (SF)
2016 Ovidiu Anton "Moment of Silence" Disqualified Disqualified
2017 Ilinca feat. Alex Florea "Yodel It!" 7 . 6 (SF) 282. 174 (SF)
2018 The Humans "Goodbye"

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