Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Eurovision Song Contest 2017
Country  Romania
National selection
Selection process Selecția Națională 2017
Selection date(s) Audition stage:
5-11 February 2017
Semi-final:
26 February 2017
Final:
5 March 2017
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2016 2017

Romania will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 after having been forced to take a one-year break in 2016 when they got disqualified.[1] The song that will represent Romania will be chosen through the national preselection Selecția Națională 2017.

Background

Prior to the 2017 Contest, Romania had participated in the Eurovision Song Contest seventeen times since its first entry in 1994.[2] Its highest placing in the contest, to this point, has been third place, which the nation achieved on two occasions: in 2005 with the song « Let Me Try » performed by Luminița Anghel and Sistem and in 2010 with the song « Playing with Fire » performed by Paula Seling and Ovi. To this point, Romania has qualified to the final on every occasion that they participated since the introduction of semi-finals to the format of the contest in 2004. In 2015, « De la capăt » by band Voltaj placed 15th in the final.[3] In 2016, their entry, « Moment of Silence » by Ovidiu Anton, was forcibly withdrawn from competition shortly before the contest due to repeated non-payment of debts by Televiziunea Română (TVR) to the EBU, though it remained on the official album.

Before Eurovision

TVR opened a submission period for artists and composers to submit their entries between 20 December 2016 and 22 January 2017. A total of 84 entries were received, all of which would get to participate in the televised audition stage. These auditions will be held on the 27th, 28th and 29 January and broadcast on a number of Romanian TV channels between February 5 and 11. From these songs, 15 songs will qualify to the semi-final held on February 26, where a jury will determine which 10 songs will qualify for the final held on March the 5th. The winner will then be determined by 100% televoting.[4]

Competing entries

On January 26, 2017 TVR announced that out of the 84 entries that had been submitted, only 72 would participate in the first stage of the national selection.[5] Later the entry « I Know » was withdrawn from the competition by its singer Lora. The 15 competing entries were revealed on 12 February 2017.[6]

Artist Song (English Translation) Songwriter(s)
Alexandra Crăescu « Hope » Carlos Manuel De Abreu Fernandes
Ana-Maria Mirică « Spune-mi tu » (Tell me) Liviu Elekes, Roxana Elekes
Cristina Vasiu « Set the Skies on Fire » Jonas Thander, Calle Kindbom, Tony Sánchez-Ohlsson
D-lema « Adventure » Alex Luft (m/l), Denisa Demian (m/l)
Eduard Santha « Wild Child » Eduard Santha (m/l), Marius Pop (m)
Elizé & No Stress « Fără bariere » (Without barriers) Vladimir Pocorschi (m), Eliza Manda (l)
Ilinca ft. Alex Florea « Yodel It! » Mihai Alexandru (m), Alexandra Niculae (l)
Instinct « Petale » (Petals) Daniel Alexandrescu (m), Vlad Alecu (m/l), Theea Eliza Miculescu (l)
Maxim « Adu-ți aminte » (Remember) Adrian Sînă (m/l), Anca Cojocaru (l), Andrei Vitan (l)
MIHAI « I Won’t Surrender » Mihai Trăistariu, Michael James Down, Primož Poglajen, Niklas Hast
Ramona Nerra « Save Me » Ramona Nerra, Terri Bjerre, Toddi Reed
Tavi Colen & Emma « We Own the Night » Anastasia Sandu (l), Cătălin Tuță-Popescu (m/l)
Tudor Turcu « Limitless » Bogdan Tomoșoiu, Tudor Turcu, Marius Marin
Xandra « Walk On By » Jonas Gladnikoff, Will Taylor
Zanga « Două sticle » (Two bottles) Alexandra Penciu (m/l)

Semi-final

The semi-final took place on 26 February 2017, at Studioul Pangratti, in Bucharest, and was hosted by Iuliana Tudor and Dan Helciug, while Ioana Voicu was the greenroom correspondent. The jury eliminated five of the semi-finalists; the other 10 went on to the final.[7] The highlighted semi-finalists qualified for the final.

Order[8] Artist Song Jury vote Total Place
A. Tudor P. Seling Ovi L. Anghel A. Romcescu
1 Elizé & No Stress « Fără bariere » 0 0 2 3 2 7 11
2 Cristina Vasiu « Set the Skies on Fire » 7 7 4 7 7 32 4
3 Tudor Turcu « Limitless » 0 5 0 0 1 6 12
4 Ramona Nerra « Save Me » 3 1 3 6 6 19 6
5 Instinct « Petale » 6 3 5 5 5 24 5
6 Eduard Santha « Wild Child » 2 6 7 4 0 19 7
7 Tavi Colen & Emma « We Own the Night » 1 0 1 2 4 8 9
8 Zanga « Două sticle » 5 0 0 0 0 5 13
9 Ilinca ft. Alex Florea « Yodel It! » 12 12 12 12 12 60 1
10 Alexandra Crăescu « Hope » 0 4 0 1 0 5 14
11 Maxim « Adu-ți aminte » 0 2 6 0 0 8 8
12 D-lema « Adventure » 0 0 0 0 0 0 15
13 MIHAI « I Won’t Surrender » 10 8 10 8 8 44 3
14 Ana-Maria Mirică « Spune-mi tu » 4 0 0 0 3 7 10
15 Xandra « Walk On By » 8 10 8 10 10 46 2

Final

The final will take place on 5 March 2017, at Studioul Pangratti, in Bucharest, and will be hosted by Iuliana Tudor and Dan Helciug, while Ioana Voicu will be the greenroom correspondent. The winner will be determined solely by the public vote.[9]

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