Next Up: 2021 – Romania

Roxen will represent Romania in Eurovision 2021, that much we know. But will her new entry be as popular with bookmakers as her 2020 song “Alcohol you”?

In today’s episode we look at Romania in 2021. For a full review of their potential entry for 2020, check out this article on our partner website Eurovision Union. Check out our thoughts for next year below.

Key takeaways: Romania excels in electronic music

After years of seeing Romania struggle with semi alternative rock songs and an admittedly successful Yodel entry, broadcaster TVR finally changed its strategy. With the abolition of their national final, the choice for a famous singer from the electronical music scene seems only logical. Romania has produced huge dance and club hits for decades. Who has never danced to songs of Inna or Edward Maya? And did you know that one of the best selling Eurovision artists from the last 15 years is Elena Gheorge from Romania?

Choosing Roxen, in short, was a good and logical choice. She is famous in Romania and abroad with highly contemporary pop songs, both dance & club hits as well as modern ballads such as “Alcohol You”.

How should Romania proceed with ROXEN in Eurovision 2021?

Roxen is a great dancer and performer – just like for example Sweden’s Eric Saade – but she is not the strongest vocalist Romania has ever sent. Several live performances of “Alcohol You” were edgy, and this would have caused problems for TVR in Rotterdam.

While the song will change for 2021, the fact that Roxen will have to sing live, is most likely not going to change. The Romanian delegation has an extra year to prepare her well for this – and to also select a song that is energetic, contemporary and yet at an accessible level for the woman who needs to perform it. It’s a huge challenge, high risk, but also potentially high reward.

This was supposed to be Romania’s Eurovision 2020 entry

About “Next Up: Eurovision 2021”

In our series Next Up: 2021, we look ahead to the Eurovision Song Contest 2021. After the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, all participating countries now face the choice: Stick with their Eurovision singer, or come up with a new preselection or internal selection.

We make an analysis based on what we know so far. What will this country do, or most likely do? And is that the wise choice, looking at the fact that the Eurovision Song Contest remains a music competition?