The Romanian national broadcaster TVR has confirmed to ESCToday its participation in the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lisbon, Portugal. Thus, Romania becomes a part of our #10DaysofConfirmations! The broadcaster also confirmed that their national selection Selecţia Naţională is going to be held once more in early 2018. So will their selected entry be yet again a successful Romanian appearance in the contest, as in 2017?
A country never eliminated in the semi-finals
Romania is one of the 4 countries (the other three being Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan) which has always qualified to the Grand Final of the contest since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. In 2018, Romania will be counting their 19th performance in the contest, the first time being in Dublin in 1994.
After their debut, they didn’t participate in the 1995-1997, 1999, 2001 and 2016 contests. TVR was absent in 2016 due to its suspension by the EBU from all member services in April of that year because of continuous non-payment of debts. However, the problem was solved in 2017 and Romania took part, earning a successful 7th place.
The nation stages the national selection Selecţia Naţională every year to pick its entry, with the juries and televoting each having a 50% stake in the outcome over the last few years. Romania has been singing mostly in English since 2000, but also in their national language of Romanian on several occasions.
Their best placings so far have been two 3rd places; in 2005 with Luminiţa Anghel & Sistem with their pop entry Let me try and the second in 2010 with Paula Seiling & Ovi singing Playing with fire. Their other Top 5 placing was in 2006 with Mihai Trăistariu and his pop entry Tornero coming 4th.
Beyond its continuous presence at the Final, Romania has also received several placings outside the Top 10 during its Eurovision history. However, they have never finished in last place, as their worst result is a 22nd place 19 years ago; in 1998.
Who can be the one for Romania in 2018?
What do you believe? Does Romania have to see a returning artist in 2018 for a Top 10 placing or not? And who can be the one to do it?