Romania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times, debuting in the 1994 contest. Along with Russia and Greece, Romania has never missed a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. They have placed in the top ten on five occasions, including two third places which they received in 2005 with Luminița Anghel & Sistem and 2010 with Paula Seling & Ovi. Seling and Ovi returned to Eurovision in 2014 with ‘Miracle’ but couldn’t match their previous success, only placing 12th. Most recently band Voltaj came in 15th with ‘All Over Again’ in 2015.
Romania are back in 2016 with Selecția Națională 2016 which will be organised by TVR. The competition will consist of two shows. The first of these will be the semi-final featuring twelve songs on 4th March. Four of the qualifiers will be selected to advance based on the votes of a jury panel, while two will be selected by a public televote. The a final featuring these six songs will take place on 6th March and will be decided by a public televote.
On 11th February the twelve acts competing in the selection process were revealed:
Andra Olteanu ‘Nai Nai’
Doru Todorut feat. Irina Baiant ‘The Voice’
Dream Walkers ‘Let It Shine’
Florena ‘Behind the Shadows’
Hayley Evetts ‘Brand New Day’
Irina Popa ‘Lasă-mă, eu te las’
Jukebox ‘Come On Everybody’
Mihai Bajinaru ‘Never Too Late’
Mihai Traistariu ‘Paradisio’
Ovidiu Anton ‘Moment of Silence’
Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian ‘I’m Coming Home’