TVR is the public television broadcaster in Romania and also a member of the European Broadcasting Union thus making it a possible participant in the Eurovision Song Contest, a musical event which they have been taking part consecutivelly since 2003 and also on another two occasions, in 1994 and 1998. The preparations for the national final to be held on Saturday 10th March in Bucharest have begun with submissions reaching the spectacular number of one hundred and nine (109) but only forty six (46) have submitted everything in order with all of the others having missing documents. The broadcaster is giving them the opportunity to send in the required material by today at 09:30 am local time as the judging phase will commence at 10:00 am. It seems that one half of the 2010 team that representated Romania, Ovi has also been called as part of the jury panel.
The list of the submitted entries can be accessed here and one could easily notice an interesting mixture of artists and songwriters starting off with none other than the local lyricist, Gerard James Borg who has worked on two entries, with one being accepted thus far entitled ‘The Best a Man Can Get’ written alongside Mats Tarnfors and Lucian Oros who will also be performing the song. Other names who have submitted entries include the songwriter of the 2005 Irish Eurovision entry ‘Love’ being Karl Broderick, and Marc Paelinck who has already been at the international showcase writing ‘What If We’ for Chiara on behalf of Malta in 2009 and also ‘Sister’ for Sergio and the Ladies on behalf of Belgium in 2002 and fan-favourite Xandee with One Life two years later.