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The Eurovision season is well and truly amongst us. With less than a month to go before all participating countries have to enter their selection for Malmo 2013 there has been a flurry of activity around the continent. Romania is the latest country to announce final details of its own national song contest, the winner of which will enter the stage in Malmo in the second half of semi final 2 on 16th May 2013.
TVR, the Romanian broadcaster has announced that 32 songs will now compete over the weekend of the 23/24 of February with 12 songs progressing to a grand final on the 09th March 2012.
TVR had initially announced that 28 songs would compete in the national selection process, however, due to the ‘high quality’ of submissions received; TVR has extended the limit by 4 to 32 songs altogether. That’s a marathon of songs by anyone’s standards and indicates how seriously Romania takes the contest.
For the first time, TVR have opened up the selection criteria to allow composers from all over Europe to submit songs to the national contest. Each semi-final and the final will be decided by a 50/50 mix of jury and popular vote. One of my favourite entries from Romania’s recent participation; Paula Seling and Ovi will present all 3 shows, which will be broadcast live and TVR and TVR+ and on Eurovision.tv. Most of the participants have uploaded their songs on Youtube and TVR will officially present all 32 songs on Monday 18th February.
The singer and song titles are listed below with some of the contestants for a sample of the song and acts on offer in Romania
01: Cristian Prajescu – The Best Thing In Life Is To Love
02: Diana Hetea – I Believe In Love
03: Phaser – Pour Toi Et Pour Moi
04: Narcis Iustin Ianau – Seven
05: Tudur Turcu – Hello
06: 9 Gardens – All For Naught
07: Natalia Barbu – Confession
08: FreeStay – Criminal Mind
09: Casa Presei – Un Refren
10: The Zuralia Orchestra – Sukar Transylvania
11: Edict – Buddy Buddy
12: Diana Matei – Ma Ma He
13: Luminta Anghel – Unique
14: Maximilian Munteanu – Broken Heart
15: Letitia Moisescu – We Are One
16: Tamara Sofi – Firebird
17: Georgiana Moraru – Wake Me Up
18: Cristina Haios – Final De Razboi
19: Station 4 – Your Heart Is Teling Me So
20: Ovidiu Anton – Run Away With Me
21: Alin Vaduva – Storyline 22: Mosquito – Feel The Same
23: Electric Fence – Emilia
24: Brigitta & Mihai (Featuring TIPS) – One Heart
25: Claudia Mirei – I Feel So High
26: Spin & Cezar Dometi – Silver Lining
27: Liviu Catalin Mititelu – La Donna Di Nero
28: Anthony – Dream Girl
29: Andrei Leonte – Paralysed
30: Cezar Florin Ouatu – It’s My Life
31: Elena Cirstea Muttart – Spinning
32: Renee Santana – What Is Love
Can any of this year’s contestants reach the heights of Paula Seling and Ovi – ‘Playing With Fire’?
Only time will tell.
Source TVR and Eurovision Ireland
Author – Alan Cromie
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