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🇷🇴 Romania: Roxen releases alternative versions of Selecția Națională entries

Check out the Crystal Freckles Session versions on her YouTube channel

Last week, Romania’s TVR released the five entries Roxen will be performing at Selecția Națională on Sunday. The songs were accompanied by lyric video visuals. Roxen has released ‘Crystal Freckles session’ versions of the five entries.

While we’re due to hear the five entries live on Sunday (March 1), Roxen has released new session versions of the songs. You can watch the videos via the links below:

Selecția Națională 2020

Roxen will perform five songs at the Selecția Națională 2020, the titles of which, along with their songwriters, can be found below:

  • “Alcohol You” (written by Ionut Armas, Breyan Isaac, Viky Red)
  • “Storm” (written by Minelli and Viky Red)
  • “Beautiful Disaster” (written by Julie Frost, Breyan Isaac and Alex Cotoi)
  • “Colors” (written by Julie Frost, Breyan Isaac and Alex Cotoi)
  • “Cherry Red” (written by Theea Miculescu, Sebastian Barac, Marcel Botezan and Costel Dominteanu)

The songs were all born out of a songwriting camp, which was attended by both Romanian and non-Romanian songwriters. Julie Frost, who wrote two of the shortlisted songs, is a notable Eurovision name, having co-written Lena’s winning “Satellite” for Eurovision 2010.

Three artists – Roxen, Diana V and Cezar – were shortlisted and Roxen was selected internally as Romania’s representative by a special jury panel at the songwriting camp, where the songs for Romania’s national final were born. The three artists were shortlisted in collaboration with Romanian record label Global Records. 

The winning song will be selected by Romanian public together with a jury made up of music professionals. As we reported earlier, the final will take place on March 1st. TVR have confirmed that Sandro, Loreen and Ulrikke will be performing at the final.

Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest

Romania first debuted at Eurovision back in 1994 with Dan Bittman, who finished in 21st place with 14 points. After failing to qualify in 1996, the country returned in 1998, finishing 22nd. Since 2002, they have never missed a contest and throughout their history enjoyed good results and qualification rates. However, they have yet to win the contest. 

So far, their best result is the 3rd place achieved twice in 2005 by Luminita and Sistem in Kyiv and in 2010 by Oviand Paula Seling in Oslo. In more recent years, they broke their qualification streak in 2018, when The Humans finished 11th with 107 points in the second semi-final. 

In Tel Aviv, Ester Peony delivered an enchanting performance of her song “On a Sunday”, but failed to qualify. She finished in 13th place on 71 points, which is Romania’s worst result to date. Will 2020 see a turn around of their fortunes?

Which song would you like to see Romania send to Rotterdam? Will you be tuning in to Selecția Națională 2020? Let us know! Be sure to stay updated by following @ESCXTRA on Twitter@escxtra on Instagram and liking our Facebook page for the latest updates! Also, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to see our reactions to the news in the run up to Rotterdam!

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Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently studying a Bachelor of Science in Politics & International Relations at the University of Exeter.

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