It’s interesting to note the history of Romania’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, and the challenges the country faced in its early years.
While Romania has been a regular participant in the contest since its debut in 1994, it’s worth remembering that the country had to go through a pre-selection process the previous year in order to qualify for the contest. Unfortunately, Romania was unable to make it through that pre-selection round in 1993, and had to wait until the following year to make its official Eurovision debut.
The song “Dincolo di Nori” by Dan Bittman may not have achieved a high placement in the contest, but it was a significant moment for Romania to be represented on the Eurovision stage and to showcase its musical talents to a wider audience. Since then, Romania has had a number of strong performances in the contest, including a third-place finish in 2005 with the song “Let Me Try” by Luminita Anghel and Sistem.
Overall, Romania’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has been an important part of its cultural identity and a way to celebrate its musical traditions on an international stage. It will interesting to see what the country will bring to the contest in future years.
It’s interesting to see the differences in Romania’s approach to the Eurovision Song Contest compared to some of its neighbouring countries. While Moldova, Hungary, and Bulgaria have often incorporated folkloric elements into their Eurovision entries, Romania has tended to focus more on modern and up-to-date songs.
Despite this difference in approach, Romania has been very successful in qualifying for the Eurovision Grand Final, with an impressive 86% success rate. However, the country has had more mixed results in terms of its final placements, with only six Top 10 finishes to date.
One notable setback for Romania in the contest came in 2016, when the country’s entry was disqualified due to financial issues with its broadcaster, TVR. This meant that Ovidiu Anton was unable to perform his song “Moment Of Silence” in Stockholm, a disappointing turn of events for both the artist and Romanian fans of the contest.
3rd place, Luminita Anghel & Sistem with “Let Me Try” (Kiev 2005)
3rd place, Paula Seling & Ovi with “Playing With Fire” (Oslo 2010)
- Debut: 1994
- Participations: 22
- Victories: 0
- Finals: 19 (14 since 2004)
- Chances to reach the final: 86% (78% since 2004)
- Top 10: 6
- Chances to reach the Top 10: 27% (11% since 2004)
- Last place: 0
Taxi with “The Moon”, Rank 17 (Stockholm 2000)
Nico & Vlad with “Pe-o Margine De Lume”, Rang 20 (Belgrade 2008)
Mandinga with “Zaleilah”, Rank 12 (Baku 2012)