Thursday, August 30, 2007

Romania: TVR considers internal selection for 2008


The Romanian national selection is about to change after the scandals, the problems and the accusations of plagiarism that took place the previous years. According to the Romanian national television, they are already thinking to follow in the steps of other countries , such as Greece with Helena Paparizou in 2005. Specifically, TVR consider selecting the artist internally and then having the song chosen by televoting in a national final.

Dan Manoliu, the coordinator of the national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest has confirmed that they already working on this idea. He didn’t mention all the details but he specified that everything is going to be according to the EBU regulations.We don’t want the same thing to happen again that’s why we decided to change the format, but it is not final yet.” declared Dan Manoliu.

Adrian Romcescu, composer of the song Eu cred (Marina Olinescu-Romania 1998) and of the hit Ramai cu mine with Andra that won the first prize at the Mamaia festival 2005, considers that the new format has advantages and disadvantages.First of all it seems a little undemocratic, because if you choose one artist you exclude this way other singers with great voices. On the other hand, it is very good to bet on a singer that has great voice and experience. TVR don’t want to risk any more.” explained Adrian considering though that there will also be scandals this year.

Local media report that Andra, who tried her hand last year with Simplu, is a hot favourite to represent Romania in Belgrade. Mihai Alexandru, father and manager of the Romanian pop singer Andra, declared that he had no idea of the new regulations.
It is good and bad at the same time. If they choose Andra next year there will also be other good artists for upcoming editions. Every composer will give his best and the songs will all be excellent. I also work this way myself. When Andra prepares her album, we work with several composers simultaneously ”, declared Mihai.

Other composers and jury members of previous national finals have also reacted positivelt to the new format, so it remains to be seen which way TVR will finally choose to go.

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