This year, Romania decided to try something new. The artist, Roxen, was internally selected by the broadcaster. From what I gather, Roxen (pronounced Roxén, rather like Roxanne - and unlike vixen) is a 20 year old singer with a very short career behind her. While she was passionate about music from an early age and took piano and singing lessons, she only broke in August last year, when she featured on Sickotoy's single You Don't Love Me, which had some European success. She had a couple of own singles since. Wikipedia describes her style as deep house, and notes that multiple observers have compared her to Dua Lipa and Billie Eilish. Five different songs were written especially for Eurovision, and she will perform all five of them in a televised show on 1 March at 7pm WIM, and will be available to watch here. Each performance will have its own special staging. The songs are (in running order): 1. Beautiful Disaster 2. Cherry Red 3. Colors (HFA for the spelling) 4. Alcohol You 5. Storm The show will be hosted by Elena Gheorghe (Romania ESC representative in 2009) and Connect-R (Moldova ESC representative in 2006, alongside Arsenium and Natalia Gordienko). Loreen will provide a guest performance (a 20 minute show), while other guests include Ulrikke (Norway 2020), Natalia Gordienko (Moldova 2020) and Sandro (Cyprus 2020). The first two will perform their Eurovision entries - but it is yet unclear if the latter will perform his for the first time. The winning song will be decided by jury and televote (50%-50%), where the televote prevails in case of a tie. The fanosphere, both in Romania and abroad, seems divided between Cherry Red and Alcohol You, with the others barely getting a mention in comments. Of the two, Cherry Red seems to get slightly more mentions. It's hard to judge without hearing her live and without a sense of the staging, but overall, I think she's an OK singer, and the songs are all objectively alright and competently produced (even if the genre is not one I enjoy). I personally thought Colors or Beautiful Disaster were better sounding, but between the two hyped favourites, I definitely prefer Alcohol You, as I find Cherry Red the least interesting and the most commercial of all of them.