Romania changes their gameplan: Internal selection and public vote

Ester Peony took part on behalf of Romania at Eurovision 2019

Romanian public broadcaster TVR is changing their national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. Romania previously used the format ‘Selecția Națională’, but this year they are moving to an internal selection process combined with a public vote.

A jury will select an artist with 5 songs and during a national final, the Romanian public gets to vote for their favourite song. The winning song will represent the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 in Rotterdam.

This year’s Romanian representative will be appointed by a special jury. The jury will take into account criteria like vocals, artistry, empathy and expressiveness. After selecting the artist a songwriting camp will take place. During this camp, some of the best Romanian composers and artists will write songs for the chosen artist.

Out of the songs written during the camp, the best 5 tracks will be selected by experts with various professional backgrounds (e.g.: composers, songwriters, musicologists, tv/radio producers, music directors). The experts will take the following criteria into consideration: sound, originality, style diversity and message.

On 1 March, the 5 selected songs will be performed by the chosen artist in Romania’s national final. During the show, the Romanian public will be able to vote for their favourite song. Both a jury and the public will pick their favourite song to represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2020. Jury and public will have an equal 50% share in the final outcome. In case of a tie, the public vote will prevail.