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Moldova: jurors explain why they did not give any points to WRS

Moldova and Romania are not only culturally similar but they also celebrate their brotherhood in Eurovision.  In fact, Moldova delivered a song with a message about Romania-Moldova unity for Eurovision 2022.  However, the Moldovan jury did not award a single point to Romania.  In contrast, Romania received 10 points from the Moldovan televote.

The huge difference between the jury taste and the televote have raised more than an eyebrow.  However, the Moldovan jury offered their version of the story in an interview with TVR Moldova.  For the Moldovan jury the result was a matter of musical preferences and that “there were other songs among the 24 that were better than the Romanian song”.

I am a Romanian citizen and I like Romania, but that does not mean that if my mother sang, I would have given it the highest grade. I would have given it to the one who sings well.  (…) I love Romania, but I will vote as I like “, said the lyricist Radmila Popovici for TVR Moldova.

Conductor Adriano Marin who was also a member of the Moldovan jury shared a similar view about the final result:

You put 24 countries in an order of preference, from 1 to 24 (…)  For me, the UK was the first, Ukraine, about the first ones.  (Romania was in my preferences), but in the middle.

Moldovan Jury vote

Adriano Marian, soloist Cristina Scarlat, conductor Ilona Stepanov, soloist Natan and lyricist Radmila Popovici were part of the Moldovan jury.  They awarded points to the following countries

12 points to Ukraine

10 points to United Kingdom

8 points Sweden

7 points Switzerland

6 points Australia

5 points Estonia

4 points Belgium

3 points Spain

2 points Portugal

1 points Azerbaijan

Romanian Jury vote controversy

The Romanian jury result was also highly controversial.  According to the EBU statement, there were irregularities in the jury vote which resulted in the nullification of the Romanian vote.  According to the rules, the EBU replaced the Romanian vote with a substitute aggregated result.

Notwithstanding this official statement  TVR revealed the jury result they intended to give in the final.  Sanda Ladoși, Luminița Anghel, Ovi Jacobsen, Liviu Elekeș and Mihai Pocorschi made the Romanian jury.  The juror voted as follows:

12 points to Moldova

10 points to Greece

8 points Poland

7 points the Netherlands

6 points Azerbaijan

5 points Australia

4 points Italy

3 points Spain

2 points Finland

1 points Lithuania

Moreover, TVR requested EBU concrete reasons why theyr jury vote was replaced.

 

Moldova participated in the Eurovision Song Contest with Zdob şi Zdub & Advahov Brothers and their song Trenulețul (The little train).  Their song talks about a train line that goes from the capital of Moldova Chișinău to the capital of Romania Bucharest.  They received 253 points in the final finishing in 7th place.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUqf_zO2QaI&ab_channel=EurovisionSongContest

Source: Elle

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Romania: WRS releases new rehearsals teaser!

Romanian representative WRS has released a teaser of his final rehearsals ahead of the official Eurovision rehearsals starting in just a few days.

WRS and his team seem to have prepared a new choreography for his performance in Turin, different from his national final one, at least in the verses. You can watch the video below:

We remind you that Romania’s performing 13th in the running order of the Second Semi-final on May 12th!

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Romania: WRS goes to Turin with “Llamame”!

This year’s final of the Selecţia Naţională 2022, the show through which Romania chooses its representative in the Eurovision contest, has just ended. We know now that WRS will go to Turin, with the song Llamame!

After dozens of tracks, pre-selection auditions and a semi-final, the final took place and the ten finalists battled for a ticket to Turin, Italy.

The presenters of Selecţia Naţională 2022 were Eda Marcus and Aurelian Temișan. The team of presenters was completed by Ilinca Băcilă, representative of Romania at Eurovision 2017, who was with the contestants in the Green Room.

The contestants

The ten artists who participated tonight in the final of the Selecţia Naţională 2022 were:

Andrei Petruş – Take me
Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – All This Love
Gabriel Basco – One night
VANU – Never give up
Petra – Ireligios
MOISE – Guilty
Cream, Minodora, Diana – Romania mea
Kyrie Mendél – Hurricane
Dora Gaitanovici – Ana
WRS – Llamame

The guests appearances

Seven of this year’s Eurovision competitors performed at the 2022 Romanian national final:

  • Zdob și Zdub ( Moldova)
  • Ronela Hajati (Albania)
  • Vladana  (Montenegro)
  • We Are Domi  (Czech Republic)
  • Andrea – (North Macedonia)
  • Stefan – (Estonia)
  • Intelligent Music Project – (Bulgaria)

The 2016 Ukrainian Eurovision representative, Jamala, also gave an emotional performance of her Eurovision winning entry ‘1944’ during the show.

 

 

Results

The final result was judged solely by the preference of a jury, with the voting of the television audience having a symbolic character. More specifically, the five members of the jury gave their own score having a sum of 290 points. Then, the first of the TV audience received 12 points with the points of the rest being calculated in comparison with this twelve based on the percentage difference from the votes of the audience.

The television audience acted as a sixth member of the jury, which consisted of:

Alexandra Ungureanu
Ozana Barabancea
Randi
Cristian Faur
Adrian Romcescu

The final results were as follow:

Audience

Total results

In top3 was announced in random order:

Kyrie Mendél – Hurricane
Dora Gaitanovici – Ana
WRS – Llamame

Third place: Dora Gaitanovici – Ana

Second place: Kyrie Mendél – Hurricane

Winner: WRS – Llamame

 

So, the big winner of the Selecţia Naţională 2022 wasWRS  and will represent Romania in Eurovision 2022 with the song “Llamame”!

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Romania: The finalists of the Selecţia Naţională 2022!

The semifinal of Selecţia Naţională 2022 has just ended! We now know the ten finalists who will claim the Romanian representation in Turin, in the final of the Selecţia Naţională 2022, which will take place on March 5th.

The show

Hosts of Selecţia Naţională 2022 are Anca Mazilu and Bogdan Stănescu. The team of presenters is completed by Ilinca Băcilă, representative of Romania at Eurovision 2017, who was with the contestants in the Green Room.

The 20 artists who were selected to compete in today’s semifinal, performed live the entries and were judged exclusively by the five-member jury, which determined the results.

The order of appearance of the 20 contestants was as follows:

1. Alex Parker feat. Bastien– All This Love
2. Aldo Blaga – Embers
3. PETRA– Ireligios
4. Vizi– Sparrow
5. Vanu– Never give up
6. Mălina – Prisoner
7. WRS– Llamame
8. Andrei Petruș– Take me
9. MØISE– Guilty
10. Gabriel Basco– One night
11. Cream, Minodora, Diana – România mea
12. Oana Tăbultoc– Utopia
13. Kyrie Mendel– Hurricane
14. Dora Gaitanovici– Ana
15. Cezar Ouatu– For everyone
16. Andra Oproiu– Younique
17. E-an-na– Malere
18. Eugenia Nicolae feat. Cazanoi Brothers– Doina
19. Eliza G – The other half of me
20. ARIS– Do Svidaniya

Results

The members of the jury who determined 100% of the results of the semifinal were:

  • Alexandra Ungureanu
  • Ozana Barabancea
  • Randi
  • Cristian Faur
  • Adrian Romcescu

The ten artists who succeeded and qualified for the final on March 5 are:

  1. Alex Parker feat. Bastien
  2. PETRA
  3. Vanu
  4. WRS
  5. Andrei Petruș
  6. MØISE
  7. Gabriel Basco
  8. Cream, Minodora, Diana
  9. Kyrie Mendel
  10. Dora Gaitanovici

The final verdict for the representative of Romania in Eurovision 2022 will be received by the audience and a jury. Romania will participate in the second semifinal, appearing in the second half of the semifinal.

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Romania: Selecţia Naţională 2022 semifinal tonight!

Romania’s selection process for Eurovision 2022 is continuing. A few days after it was decided which artists will be participating in the semifinal of Selecţia Naţională 2022, it is time for the show.

Twenty artists are competing to qualify for the grand final on March 5th, in which Romania’s representative in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest will be selected.

Ten of today’s participants will compete in the final of Selecţia Naţională 2022, with the selection of the ten finalists being made solely by the preference of the jury.

The contestants

The twenty artists who will be participating tonight in the semifinal of Selecţia Naţională 2022 are the following:

  1. Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – All This Love
  2. Aldo Blaga – Embers
  3. Andra Oproiu – Younique
  4. Andrei Petruş – Take me
  5. ARIS – Do Svidaniya
  6. Cezar Ouatu – For everyone
  7. Claudia, Minodora, Diana – România mea
  8. Dora Gaitanovici – Ana
  9. Eliza G – The other half of me
  10. E-an-na – Malere
  11. Eugenia Nicolae – Doina
  12. Gabriel Basco – One night
  13. Kyrie Mendél – Hurricane
  14. Mălina – Prisoner
  15. MOISE – Guilty
  16. Oana Tabultoc – Utopia
  17. Petra – Ireligios
  18. VANU – Never give up
  19. Vizi Imre – Sparrow
  20. WRS – Llamame

In the final, which will take place on March 5th, the winner and Romania’s representative in Turin will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting.

The presenters of Selecţia Naţională 2022 will be Anca Mazilu and Bogdan Stănescu. The team of presenters will be completed by Ilinca Băcilă, representative of Romania in Eurovision 2017, who will be with the contestants in the Green Room.

The semifinal of Selecţia Naţională 2022 starts at 20:00 CET and will last four hours. You can watch it on the TVR1 frequency by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Romania: The 20 finalists advancing to the semifinal of Selecția Națională 2022!

The online voting for the first part of the Selecția Națională 2022 semifinal has officially been complete.

The public had the right to choose their favorite entry to qualify for the semifinal. Only 5 participants were selected from the online voting, while the other 15 were selected by a jury consisting of: Alexandra Ungureanu, Ozana Barabancea, Randi, Cristian Faur and Adrian Romcescu.

The finalists

The 20 finalists are the following:

  • Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – All This Love
  • Aldo Blaga – Embers
  • Andra Oproiu – Younique
  • Andrei Petruş – Take me
  • ARIS – Do Svidaniya
  • Cezar Ouatu – For everyone
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – România mea
  • Dora Gaitanovici – Ana
  • Eliza G – The other half of me
  • E-an-na – Malere
  • Eugenia Nicolae – Doina
  • Gabriel Basco – One night
  • Kyrie Mendél – Hurricane
  • Mălina – Prisoner
  • MOISE – Guilty
  • Oana Tabultoc – Utopia
  • Petra – Ireligios
  • VANU – Never give up
  • Vizi Imre – Sparrow
  • WRS – Llamame

Out of the above, the 5 ones chosen by the televote are the following:

  • Vizi Imre – Sparrow
  • Oana Tabultoc – Utopia
  • Mălina – Prisoner
  • E-an-na – Malere
  • Andra Oproiu – Younique

The second part of the semifinal will be held on Saturday, February 12th and will be televised. The jury will select ten songs to advance to the final.

In the final, which will take place on March 5th, the winner and Romania’s representative in Turin will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Romania: The jury has concluded for the first part of the Selecţia Naţională 2022 semi-final!

Romanian broadcaster TVR has announced that the jury’s vote which will determine the songs from the first part of the Selecţia Naţională 2022 semifinal that will be passing to the next stage has been completed.

The jury has been tasked to rate all 45 candidates competing for a place in Saturday’s second part of the semifinal. 15 of them will win the ticket for the second part of the semifinal, provided that the public did not also choose them.

Specifically, the public voting for the first part of the semifinal will start tomorrow afternoon at 19:00 CET, with the public choosing 5 songs for the second part of the semi on Saturday. The 15 songs that emerged after the jury vote will be the 15 songs that scored the highest in the juries and that, at the same time, did not make it into the audience’s top 5.

We remind you that the songs bidding to represent Romania are the following:

  • 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”
  • Bogdan Dumitraş – “Sign”
  • Carmen Trandafir – “Măşti” (Masks)
  • Cezar Ouatu – “For everyone”
  • Ciro De Luca – “Imperdonabile” (Unforgivable)
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – “România mea” (My Romania)
  • Dan Helciug – “241”
  • Dora Gaitanovici – “Ana”
  • E-an-na – “Malere”
  • 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)

The second part of the semifinal will be held this Saturday, February 12 and will be televised. The jury will select ten songs to advance to the final.

In the final, which will take place on March 5th, the winner and Romania’s representative in Turin will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Romania: Filming for the Selecţia Naţional semi-final is underway!

The filming of the live performances of songs competing in the semi-final of Selecţia Naţional in Romania is underway at a TVR studio in Bucharest. The 46 participants have been filming their live performances since Thursday.

The performances of the artists will be uploaded online on February 5 and later, on February 9 and 10, the public will be able to vote for their favorite. The jury will select 15 songs to advance to the second part of the semi-final, while the audience will select 5 songs.

The songs competing in the national final are the following:

  • 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”
  • E-an-na – “Malere”
  • 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)

The second phase of the semi-final will take place on February 12, which will also be televised. There, the 20 songs that will have been selected will compete for the ten places of the final, while the verdict will belong exclusively to the members of the jury.

In the Grand Final, to be held on March 5, the 10 best songs will perform again and the winner will be selected by a combination of jury and audience votes. As in previous years, the televoting score will have the same weight as the score given by each member of the jury.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Romania: Listen To The Songs For Selecția Națională 2022!

TVR has released all of the forty-six songs that are competing in Selecţia Naţională 2022 to represent Romania at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 in Turin. TVR has published a YouTube playlist of all of the studio versions of the songs.

You can listen all songs here:

The songs competing in the Romanian selection are:

  • 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”
  • E-an-na – “Malere”
  • 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)

We remind you that a committee of experts will select 15 songs, while the remaining 5 entries will be selected through the Romanian page for Eurovision on Facebook. The songs will be posted after a special recording in the studios of the Romanian public television in early February.

The second phase of the semifinal will take place on February 12, which will also be televised. There, the 20 songs that have been selected, will compete for the ten places of the final and the verdict will belong exclusively to the members of the committee.

In the Grand Final, to be held on March 5, 2022, the 10 best songs will reappear and the winner will be selected by a combination of jury and audience votes. As in previous years, the televoting score will have the same weight as the score given by each member of the jury.

Source: eurovoix

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Romania: Everything that was discussed on the special show about the analysis of the bad results!

As we informed you in our previous article, the Romanian public television (TVR) organized on July 5 in prime time, a special show, where the series of bad results of the country in the contest were discussed, while solutions were also sought.

Wrong choice of artists and lack of direction the two big thorns

The show presented by the journalist and former head of the Romanian mission in the competition, Marina Almăşan, and participated many people from the music industry, but also former eurostars, such as The Humans, Ovi, Paula Seling, but also Mihai Traistariu , focused mainly on this year ‘s failure of Roxen.

Most of the panel members criticized Roxen for her choice, both on TVR and on the record label Global Music, as they mentioned her complete lack of experience, but also her mediocre vocal skills did not help her to stand out and qualify for final.

Almost everyone agreed that it was wrong for TVR to leave the project entirely to the record company, since while both the guy and the fans pointed out the mistakes, the record company did nothing to correct them (I do not know if this reminds you of something…) .

The other big problem that many were left with was the issue of directing. Mihai Traistariu stated that unfortunately TVR does not seem to be able to successfully undertake the staging of the Romanian entries. What has been suggested by many is the collaboration with foreign directors, something that many countries are already doing. In fact, it is worth noting at this point that the names of Sacha Jean Baptiste were mentioned, but also of Fokas Evangelinos.

Romania will be present in 2022

It seems that Romania will be present in Italy next year, at least that is what was said on the show. The most probable scenario is the return to the national final, the well-known Selectia Nationala and the subsequent support of the song that will be selected by TVR, so that at least in the next competition the country will return to the final. The format supported for the Selectia Nationala is 50% audience – 50% juries.

The observations of the Romanians are correct and we are happy because they largely agree with what we proposed and wrote in our relevant editorial. If the respective national public broadcaster is not interested and does not deal, no external partner and no record company can bring a good result. The examples are endless.

See the case of France. From the moment the external partner they had for both the Junior Eurovision and the regular Eurovision contest left, they won and took second place respectively. See the case of Switzerland, which with a stable team in recent years manages to star. On the other hand, see what happened in the United Kingdom, the BBC’s complete indifference, brought BMG to things as a machine god…. The result is one last place with an absolute 0 in the audience and juries! Of course, there is also the example of ERT, which since 2019 has taken the project in its hands and has literally achieved leaps in relation to the recent past.

The secret recipe for success by Christer Bjorkman

This is the solution for Romania and for all the other countries that have bad results. A conscious group, which will aim not just to participate, but the good result and which of course will methodize and organize everything related to the selection of the song, whether it is through a national final or through an assignment, aiming at its 3 minutes May and nothing else. Far from meaningless comments and complaints of the fans, without looking at bets and without being influenced by record and external factors.

In this year’s interview, Christer Bjorkman “revealed” the secret for a successful participation in the competition:

“Three things must have a participation to go well. A good song, a bright and good performer and a careful stage presence. The first is the hardest to find. But if you have the other two, then you can do very well. ”

So the choice of the right artist, as well as the careful stage presence, are two elements that every broadcaster can work and carefully build, so that it has more chances of success in the competition. ERT has understood it very well and the Romanians probably seemed to understand it. What do you say, will they go better next year?

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