The Romanian national final, Selecţia Naţională, will take place in February to choose Romania’s next Eurovision entry. The twelve finalists, their entries and the running order they will be performing in have been revealed by TVR.
Earlier this month, submitted entries were presented to a preselection jury. This jury chose 12 songs to advance to the next stage.
The running order for Selecţia Naţională 2023 was also drawn this week in Bucharest. An urn with 36 numbers was used to determine the order, each act drew a number at random, with the lowest number performing first and the highest number performing last.
- Deiona – “Call on Me”
- Andrada Popa – “No Time for Me”
- Ocean Drive – “Take You Home”
- AMIA – “Puppet”
- Andrei Duţu – “Statues”
- Theodor Andrei – “D.G.T. (Off and on)”
- Steven Roho x Gabriella x Formaţia Albatros – “Lele”
- Aledaida – “Bla Bla Bla”
- Adriana Moraru – “Faralaes”
- Maryliss – “Hai Vino” (Come on)
- JaxMan (Erin Dăneţ) – “Bad&cool”
- Andreea D Folclor Orchestra – “Periniţa mea” (My little girl)
Andrei Duţu was confirmed as the final participant and has been allocated the song “Statues”, which was originally submitted without a singer.
The final round of Selecţia Naţională will take place on February 11. This will be a single television and online show where all 12 pieces will be performed live. The winning song will be decided exclusively through a public televote. The song with the highest number of votes will be the winner and will represent Romania at Liverpool 2023.
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
Romania have traditionally been a strong performer in the Eurovision Song Contest. Prior to 2018, they were one of a handful of countries that had never failed to qualify in the modern semi-final system from 2004 onwards. They had scored bronze-medal positions in 2005 and 2010 with Luminița Anghel and Sistem, and Paula Seling and Ovi respectively.
However, they have recently had a change of fortunes, experiencing three non-qualifiers in 2018, 2019 and 2021. This was changed again when their entrant for 2022, WRS, returned Romania to the final, placing 18th with 65 points.
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