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Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011

Eurovision Song Contest 2011
Country Romania
National selection
Selection processEurovision Selecţia Naţională 2011
50% jury
50% televoting
Selection date(s)31 December 2010
Selected entrantHotel FM
Selected song"Change"
Finals performance
Semi-final resultQualified (4th, 111 points)
Final result17th, 77 points
Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest
◄2010 2011 2012►

Romania participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany and selected their entry through a televised national final, organised by Romanian broadcaster Televiziunea Română (TVR).[1] "Hotel FM" were victorious with their song "Change" and thus represented the country in the 2011 contest.[2][3]

National Final 2011

On 1 October, Romanian national television announced that the national final would take place on the New Year's Eve show (31 December). 13 acts were to complete in a televised show. The deadline for entries was set for 5 November.[4] On November 15, TVR published the 13 songs along with videos produced by the broadcaster. The national final winner was to be declared by jury and televoting.[1][5] Johnny Logan was appointed as head of the jury.[6]

Paula Seling, Ovi, the 2010 Romanian representatives and Gianina Corondan, hosted the national final.[7]

The winning composer was awarded this time a BMW 3 Series (E90).[8] It was for the second year that the national selection winner - the composer - received a car.

Former Eurovision winners Johnny Logan as well as Niamh Kavanagh were the special guests of the evening. Chiara Siracusa also made an appearance.[6]

Selecţia Naţională 2011

Logo of this year's selection

During a press conference held by TVR, 13 finalists were announced.[9] The draw of the running order took place at Marina Almasan-Socaciu's TV show, Ne vedem la TVR!, on 20 November.[10] Although leading the televoting Distinto, Ianna & Anthony Icuagu didn't win the jury votes, so they won't win the ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011. The winner was Hotel FM with the song "Change.[2][3]

Selecţia Naţională 2011 - 31 December 2010
Draw Artist Song Televote Jury Total Place
1 Adi Cristescu "One by One" 2 2 4 8
2 Dalma "Song for Him" 0 3 3 11
3 Leticia "Dreaming of You" 4 6 10 6
4 Silvia Ștefănescu "I Can't Breathe Without You" 1 1 2 12
5 Blaxy Girls "It's So Fine" 6 0 6 7
6 Claudia Pavel "I Want U to Want Me" 3 0 3 10
7 Laurențiu Cazan "We Can Change The World" 5 7 12 5
8 Dan Helciug "My Facebook Girl" 0 4 4 9
9 Distinto, Ianna & Anthony Icuagu "Open Your Eyes" 12 5 17 2
10 Direcția 5 "Cinema Love" 7 10 17 3
11 Rallsa "Take me down" 0 0 0 13
12 Hotel FM "Change" 10 12 22 1
13 Mihai Alexandru featuring B-Body & Soul "Bang Bang" 8 8 16 4

Before Eurovision

A special concert took place on April 9 in Bucharest. Four Eurovision contestants performed their entries live at the Nichita Stanescu hall. The concert was broadcast live by TVR 1 and TVR International while a live webcast was provided by Kati Wolf, the Hungarian entry, was also invited, but she was busy, and couldn't perform at this special concert.

Düsseldorf, venim! - 9 April 2011
Country Artist Song
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind"
 Moldova Zdob si Zdub "So lucky"
 Romania Hotel FM "Change"
 Slovakia TWiiNS "I'm still alive"

Promo tours

Artists from five countries visited Romania during their Eurovision promo tours:

Country Artist Song Date
 Bulgaria Poli Genova "Na inat" March 19
 Russia Alexey Vorobyov "Get You" April 2
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Dino Merlin "Love in Rewind" April 9
 Moldova Zdob si Zdub "So lucky" April 9
 Slovakia TWiiNS "I'm still alive" April 9

At Eurovision

Romania competed in the second half of the second semi-final of the contest, on 12 May. It qualified for the great final, with a total of 111 points (the fourth country). During the 14 May final, Romanian performed the 17th and ended up on the same position, in a tie with Russia, with a total of 77 points. It received the maximum 12 points from Moldova and Italy, 10 points from Belgium, 8 points from Spain, 6 points from: Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Israel, 5 points from Turkey, 4 points from Netherlands and Denmark and 1 point from Austria, Hungary, Ireland and Estonia.

Split Results

  • In the Semi-final 2 Romania came 4th with 111 points: the public awarded Romania 3rd place with 121 points and the jury awarded 5th place with 85 points.
  • In the Final Romania came 17th with 77 points: the public awarded Romania 14th place with 79 points and the jury awarded 13th place with 86 points.

Points awarded by Romania

Points awarded to Romania (Semi-Final 2)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point
Points awarded to Romania (Final)
12 points 10 points 8 points 7 points 6 points
5 points 4 points 3 points 2 points 1 point

See also


  1. ^ a b "National final on New Year's Eve". ESCDaily. 1 October 2010. Archived from the original on 28 January 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b Webb, Glen (1 January 2011). "Hotel FM victorious in Romania". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b Busa, Alexandru (2011-01-01). "Hotel FM to represent Romania in Düsseldorf". Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  4. ^ Kalimeris, Aris (2010-10-02). "Romania: New Year's Eve with champagne & Eurovision". Retrieved 2010-10-02.
  5. ^ Coroneri, Alenka (2010-10-01). "TVR kicks off national selection". Retrieved 2010-10-02.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ a b Busa, Alexandru (2010-12-06). "Niamh Kavanagh & Chiara guests at Romania's final". Retrieved 2010-12-06.
  7. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-10-16). "Paula & Ovi to host the Romanian national final". Retrieved 2010-10-17.
  8. ^ Siim, Jarmo (2010-10-25). "Romanian lineup revealed on 15 November". Retrieved 2010-10-25.
  9. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-10). "Romania : Finalists for 2011 Eurovision selection announced". Retrieved 2010-11-10.
  10. ^ Busa, Alexandru (2010-11-20). "Romania : Draw for the running order completed". Retrieved 2010-11-20.

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