Romania joins the Eurovision 2019 preparations as the submissions are in and details for Selecția Națională 2019 have been presented by broadcaster TVR.
Yet another country is getting ready for the 2019 Eurovision season: this time we’re heading to Romania! Broadcaster TVR has unveiled details regarding the received submissions and the format of the country’s upcoming national selection, Selecția Națională 2019.
TVR has received 126 potential entries for the national selection, as the online admission’s deadline closed on December 10th. An impressive number of submissions, it marks a 70% rise in comparison to last year’s edition. Under the banner Împlinește visul!, or Make the dream come true!, a professional jury of music directors, radio and television broadcasters, plus other music professionals, will judge the 126 entries and decide which songs will partake in the Selecția Națională 2019 semi-finals.
Participants, two semi-finals and wildcards
The professional jury will select up to 24 entries to compete in the semi-finals, which have been reduced to two shows, indicating at least 12 acts will take to the stage in each semi. In either of the semi-finals, which will be held in January 2019 in two Romanian cities yet to be announced, a national jury plus the televoting public will determine the finalists: 5 acts by jury, 1 by televote.
The selected semi-finalists will be announced on Thursday 20 December.
About the Grand Final
The Grand Final of Selecția Națională 2019 is set for February 2019 and will take place in Romania’s capital city Bucharest. In the Grand Final, the national jury will be replaced by an international jury, who will decide the eventual winner alongside the televoting public.
Romania at Eurovision 2018
The band The Humans won Selecția Națională 2018 and thus represented Romania at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal. The group performed the heartfelt rock song Goodbye, sung by charismatic lead vocalist Cristina Caramarcu, in semi-final 2. Unfortunately, The Humans just missed out on the Grand Final, placing 11th with 107 points in the semi.