Eurovision Eurovision 2019 Romania

Romania: TVR announces national final format changes

TVR has revealed they will select the next Romanian representative following a different format from previous years. Selecţia Naţională 2020 will feature a single performer and five different songs written specifically for the selected artist.

After two years of unsuccessful results, the Romanian Public Television (TVR) has decided to select their entry for Rotterdam from a national selection similar to the ones used previously by countries like Germany, Finland, Greece or Spain. The broadcaster will select a performer based on vocal abilities, artistic performance, musical empathy, expressiveness. Then, the best Romanian composers will take part in a songwriting camp where they will write songs based on the artist’s specific voice type, vocal range and personality.

5 songs will be selected for a national final by composers, lyricists, musicologists, tv/radio music-show producers and music directors. The chosen performer will deliver all five tracks live on TV on March 1st. An equal combination of the voting of a professional jury panel and the audience will determine the song that the Romanian representative will perform in Rotterdam.

By opting for this new selection mechanism, Romania joins other countries that have successfully used similar processes in deciding their representative for the Eurovision Song Contest. Statistics show that, in the last 15 years, every other ESC edition had at least one performance selected in this manner in the top 3, said TVR.

What do you think about the new Romanian format?


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