Decision time in Romania! Tonight the TV public and an expert jury will together choose the singer and song to represent the country in Vienna this coming May.
The national final will be held in a hall with a capacity of 4000 in Craiova, a city in the South of Romania. The city is fighting for the title of European Cultural Capital in 2021.
The 12 Acts and their Songs
The running order of the show is as follows:
1. Voltaj – De la capăt
2. Băieţii – Dragoste în lanţuri
3. Tudor Turcu – Save Us
4. Aurelian Temişan feat. Alexa – Chica Latina
5. Rodica Aculova – My Light
6. Blue Noise – Love Won’t Run Away
7. Ovidiu Anton – Still Alive
8. Lara Lee – Superman
9. Super Trooper – Secret Place
10. Luminiţa Anghel – A Million Stars
11. Cristina Vasiu – Nowhere
12. CEJ – We Were In Love
Among the finalists are several familiar faces, one of them already known to the Eurovision Song Contest audience: Luminiţa Anghel reached the third place in the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv. Her song Let Me Try was written by Cristian Faur, who is also the composer of this year's entry.
Voltaj is a very popular band in their home country, and their song De la capăt has a serious theme: The loneliness of children. Aurelian Temişan has been a household name in the Romanian show business for more than 20 years now.
There are also internationally famous artists participating, like the "ex-Rednex" band CEJ, and Rodica Aculova from Moldova. The lyricist of her song is Lidia Scarlat, writer of the Moldovan 2014 Eurovision Song Contest entry, and commentator for TRM in previous years. "Eurovision becomes chronic once you try it", she comments, laughing, on her long history and changing roles around Eurovision.
Alina Şerban and Andrei Boroşovici (pictured above) will be on stage presenting the show, while Ioana Voicu will be in the backstage and Florina Ghenescu in the Green Room.
Alina Şerban is a TV host working for TVR Craiova, one of the regional stations of TVR, the Romanian public broadcaster. Andrei is also a TV host, from TVR Timişoara.
Ruslana, winner of the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest, will be coming as a guest performer. She will be singing during the voting process, after the contest and before announcing the winner.
Last year's Romanian representative OVI will be singing for the public in Craiova, even though his act will not be live on TV. It will be recorded and broadcast one day later on TVR1.