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45 semi-finalists announced for Selecţia Naţională 2022

In February, a jury and the public will vote for 20 songs to proceed to a televised semi-final.

Romanian broadcaster TVR recently announced that a total of 94 artists applied for Selecţia Naţională 2022. Last week, it was announced that a five-member jury would shortlist the 45 best submissions to proceed to the next round. The list has now been published, and features Cezar, who represented Romania at Eurovision 2013 with “It’s My Life”.

For Selecţia Naţională 2022, around 40% of entries were written by foreign composers. These composers hail from countries including Sweden, Great Britain, Russia, Croatia, Israel, Italy, Greece, Spain and Bulgaria. In addition, the pool of artists is one of the largest for the selection to date, indicating a strong interest to bring Romania success at Eurovision 2022 in Turin.

The 45 semi-finalists are as follows:

  • Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – “Best of me”
  • Aldo Blaga – “Embers”
  • Alexa – “Hoodies and cold nights”
  • Alina Amon – “Without you”
  • Ana Lazăr – “Youngster”
  • Andra Oproiu – “Younique”
  • Andrea Stocchino – “Avere paura” (To be afraid)
  • Andrei Petruş – “Take me”
  • ARIS – “Do Svidaniya” (Goodbye)
  • Ayona Iordănescu – “Let me come to you”
  • Barbara – “Hypnotized”
  • Bogdan Dumitraş – “Sign”
  • Carmen Trandafir – “Măşti” (Masks)
  • Cezar Ouatu – “For everyone”
  • Ciro De Luca – “Imperdonabile” (Unforgiveable)
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – “România mea” (My Romania)
  • Dan Helciug – “241”
  • Dora Gaitanovici – “Ana”
  • Eliza G – “The other half of me”
  • Eugenia Nicolae – “Doina”
  • Fabian Ferrara – “That way”
  • Forţele de muncă – “Hai afară, frate!” (Come out brother!)
  • Gabriel Basco – “One night”
  • Giulia-Georgia Beiliciu – “Find your way”
  • Ivelin Trakiyski – “Neverending”
  • Jessie – “Regret”
  • Kyrie Mendél – “Hurricane”
  • Letiţia Moisescu – “Mirunica”
  • Leyah – “I’ll be fine”
  • Mălina – “Prisoner”
  • Miryam – “Top of the rainbow”
  • MOISE – “Guilty”
  • Oana Tabultoc – “Utopia”
  • Olivia Miheţ – “Fragile”
  • Othello – “You’re worthy”
  • Outflow – “Running in circles”
  • Petra – “Ireligios” (Irreligious)
  • Popa Roberta-Maria – “Indigo”
  • Romeo Zaharia – “Until the fight is over”
  • Silvia Costache – “Save me”
  • Sophia – “Beautiful lies”
  • Stelian – “Remember”
  • VANU – “Never give up”
  • Vizi Imre – “Sparrow”
  • WRS – “Llámame” (Call me)

Who were the jurors?

The jurors for this year’s pre-selection who chose the best 45 songs to progress to the next stage of the competition were:

  1. Alexandra Ungureanu
  2. Ozana Barabancea
  3. Randi
  4. Cristian Faur
  5. Adrian Romcescu

What’s next?

All 45 songs now compete in a two-part semi-final. Between the 5th and 10th of February, a jury and the public will be able to vote for their favourite acts. The jury will select 15 songs to progress to the second part of the final, while the public will select five songs via Facebook.

On February 12 a televised semi-final will be held, featuring the first live performances from the 20 shortlisted songs. During the show, a jury will select the 10 finalists, announcing their points after each performance.

On March 5, the final of Selecţia Naţională 2022 will take place, where 10 artists will battle it out for the ticket to Turin. The winner will be determined by a combination of a public and jury vote.

Are you excited by the latest news regarding Selecţia Naţională? Who would you like to see represent Romania next? 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 follow us on Spotify and YouTube to see our reactions to the news from the 2022 national final season!

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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 working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.

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