Romania: It is very likely that they will participate in Eurovision 2024!

Over the last few months, there were rumours circulating on the internet that Romania would probably withdraw from the upcoming edition of Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Malmö, Sweden.

However, an emergency ordinance document from the Romanian government has been leaked, citing the approval of the annual budget that the romanian broadcaster tvr needs to cover their expenses. The document states the following:

Through the annual budgetary law, the funds required by the romanian society of radiotelevision needed for various aquisitions of equipment necessary for broadcasting, materials needed for the development of broadcasting activities, security and for payment of fees to international governmental organisations, including the financial obligations to the european broadcasting union (contributions, taxes, dues, subscriptions, licenses for broadcasting rights of cultural, entertainment, news and sports related events) are approved“.

This practically could mean that the goverment of Romania has already allocated a budget for TVR to pay the participation fee to EBU and consequently pave the path for Romania towards their participation in next years contest!

This year, Romania was represented by Theodor Andrei with “D. G. T” who came last in the 2nd Semi-Final.

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Romania: Mihai Trăistariu is ready for Eurovision 2024!

What if Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2024 still remains uncertain? A former representative of the country says he is ready to represent the country again and even has a song ready. Read more

Romania: TVR on the country’s participation or not in the contest!

In the last few days, rumours have been circulating on the internet which claim that Romania will withdraw from the upcoming edition in Malmö, but this has never been confirmed by the responsible officials.

According to internet users, the main reasons why Romania will not participate are a lack of budget on the part of TVR and a general disappointment after last year’s result.

With the application period closing on 15 September, the only public response from the Romanian broadcaster was that “the matter is still under discussion”. Of course, broadcasters are not obliged to publicly declare their decision, as the EBU regulations allow them to withdraw their application without penalty until 11 October, after which date we will be in the clear of all participating countries.

Earlier today, members of the Romanian website Spectacola contacted TVR to understand the station’s intentions regarding the European Contest.

According to them, “TVR’s leaders are in discussions with the EBU, but the Eurovision issue has not been sufficiently examined to allow a definitive decision to be taken”.

It is therefore understood that a final decision on Romania’s participation in the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 has not yet been made, with TVR highlighting:

“At the moment, we are in contact with the organisers (EBU) and all options remain open!”

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Source: Spectacola

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Romania: Eurovision 2024 participation lies on the decision of the Minister of Finance!

Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2024 seems in jeopardy, as the latest developments indicate.

The limited budget allocated to the Romanian Public Broadcaster (TVR), which covers just the minimum necessary expenses, is insufficient for the country’s participation in Malmö. According to information shared on the Twitter account of the Eurovision Romania community, the president of TVR has submitted a revised budget to the Romanian Minister of Finance. If this budget is approved by the Minister of Finance, Romania will be able to participate in the contest. However, if it does not happen, the country will not take part in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest.

Therefore, the decision of the Romanian Public Broadcaster regarding its participation in Eurovision 2024 depends solely on whether the Minister of Finance approves a larger budget for TVR. Based on the currently available finances, participation in the contest is not feasible.

An announcement is expected in the coming days, regarding whether the additional budget requested by the president of TVR has been approved or not.

The last time Romania did not participate in Eurovision was in 2016, when  EBU did not accept the country’s entry, even though it had already been selected, due to  TVR’s non-payment of debts to the organization.

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Romania: A potential withdrawal in 2024?

Regardless, Ovi’s(Romania 2010,2014) and Mihai Trăistariu’s(Romania 2006) intention to be involved with Eurovision in 2024, rumors have spread the past hours about a possible withdrawal of Romania from Eurovision.

According to Libertatea, TVR sources claim that Romania does not plan to participate in next year’s edition in Malmö. The reason behind the rumored withdrawal is financial issues. No official statement has been made yet from TVR, though the rumors are still circulating.

TVR’s response regarding the participation of Romania in 2024 is the following:

The subject of participation in Eurovision 2024 was not discussed at the level of SRTv management, which is why, for now, no decision has been made in this regard.

Romania’s participation has to be first approved by the Board of Directors, as the budget needed exceeds 100.000 euros and be confirmed to EBU till the 15th of September.

The alternative perspective

The story doesn’t end there. According to the official Eurovision Romania Community, TVR has not confirmed its position yet regarding its participation. The most likely scenario is that Romania will take part in Sweden next year. Meanwhile, it is unknown in which way the Romanian entry will be chosen, as there are some options that the broadcaster is considering at the moment. Furthermore, TVR has already proceeded to the creation of the 2024 Eurovision website.

Bearing in mind the fixed charges needed to be covered from TVR, leaving limited budget for the artistic team and the bad result in Liverpool, a withdrawal could seem like a reasonable scenario. The lack of funds killed the chances of Theodor Andrei’s qualification this year. He was left with no budget, producing even his own official video-clip. He ended up second to last in his semifinal, with nul points.

The information given by the Romanian sources are indeed contradictory. We will have to wait until the official announcement of the participation countries, which is expected in late October.

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Sources: Libertatea, ERCommunity

Romania: Mihai Trăistariu is willing to participate in Eurovision 2024!

It seems that Ovi (Romania 2010,2014) is not the only Romanian former Eurovision artist that is preparing for Eurovision 2024.

Mihai Trăistariu recently announced that he is willing to participate in Eurovision 2024 and therefore is looking for the composer of his entry. Specifically, he posted the following on his Facebook account:

I’m looking for a composer with a current sound, with whom to work a wow song for Eurovision 2024. Recommendations?

Although, his return will come true under one condition. Trăistariu does not plan to pay the composer for the song that will make.

As he has stated:

I don’t pay anything because I’ve never paid for a song. I follow the same principle that I’m Mihai Trăistariu and whoever wants to send me a good song, gives it to me. “Tornero” was not paid.

His unwillingness to pay the composer in advance derives from his belief that in case his song wins and represents Romania in Eurovision both of them will profit. The same thing occurred with “Tornero”:

I’ve never paid for my hits and I don’t want to teach songwriters that way, because that’s how it seems natural to me. Noted artists are given songs as gifts, because they earn from the royalties afterwards.

The composer of “Tornero”, Eduard Cârcotă, earns even today half of the copyrights. And, if I made a few hundred thousand euros, he made maybe millions. I have 140 songs on my albums and I haven’t paid for a single one!

The Romanian artist represented his country in the contest back in 2006, with the song “Tornero”, which finished in fourth place and became a massive European hit. He has also tried again to represent Romania in multiple occasions, in 2016,2017,2018 and 2019 without success.

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Source: b1tv

Romania: Will Ovi return to Eurovision in 2024?

Through a Facebook post, Ovi (Ovi Jacobsen) disclosed that he is currently in the studio working on a potential Eurovision 2024 entry!

Along with Paula Seling, the well-known singer has twice flown the Romanian flag. In fact, they placed third in their initial entry with the song “Playing with fire” in 2010, which is at the moment Romania’s second-best finish. They also performed the song “Miracle” at their second appearance in 2014, finishing in 12th place and just two points outside the top 10.

Romania has not revealed any plans regarding its participation in the 68th edition of the competition up until this point. Consequently, we are unaware of whether its entry, if the country participates as normal, will be picked via selecția națională or using a different procedure.

Furthermore, there isn’t a clear indication in the post as to which country is the subject of the submission or whether Ovi’s contribution is confined to songwriting or also includes singing the song.

These inquiries will receive an answer in the upcoming months!

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Romania: Theodor Andrei speaks out against TVR and shares his experience in the contest.

Theodor Andrei represented Romania at Eurovision 2023 with the song “D.G.T. (Off and On)” however he did not make it to the Grand Final.

During an interview with Romanian artist The Watcher, for the YouTube series Fără Perdea, Theodor said that as a big fan of the contest, he was excited to perform on the Liverpool stage. However, he spoke about how his dream slowly but surely turned into a nightmare due to his partnership with Romanian national broadcaster TVR.

Theodor explained how he had been thinking about taking part in Eurovision for several years, trying to find the right song. He confessed that hearing thousands of voices singing the Romanian lyrics of “D.G.T. (Off and On)” during the Eurovision pre-parties in Amsterdam and London remains one of his favourite achievements of his career so far. But he then claimed that TVR, which is responsible for the Romanian delegation at Eurovision, turned his dream into a nightmare.

Theodor Andrei speaks out against TVR.

In Selecția Națională, the selection show for Eurovision in Romania, Theodor participated by presenting an original set he designed himself. He had the intention to modify and improve it for Eurovision, however TVR seems to have rejected all the ideas and suggestions he submitted. The set he presented in Liverpool was designed exclusively by the TVR team, as seen by the viewers. It is also claimed that the broadcaster imposed a slower revamp of the song “D.G.T. (Off and On)” on Theodor, which did not meet his wishes and ideas.

According to Theodor, the budget given to TVR for Eurovision was not properly utilized for his entry, and TVR also refused to fund a music video for his song. So he decided to create a self-financed video. However, this caused further tensions between him and the national broadcaster. Theodor claims that TVR banned him from publishing it and even threatened him and his family. The music video was a success and sparked criticism against TVR.

So far, Romania’s national broadcaster has not responded to Theodor’s accusations.

Theodor will appear in London in July for a concert organised by Platform ’96. Theodor will perform at Stage 002 on 28 July. The event will take place at The Water Rats, a renowned venue steeped in musical history. Bob Dylan, The Pogues and Oasis performed their first concerts at this venue. Theodor will be joined on stage by British alternative rock band Glass Bridges and London-based rock band Minerva.


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Romania: Over 380,000 euros spent for Eurovision 2023!

Libertatea reports that the Romanian broadcaster spent a total of 382,500 for its participation in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The total amount is made up of the cost of the National Final, the entry fee and the costs related to the Liverpool performance.

The biggest expense for TVR was the €180,000 entry fee to the EBU, which contributes to the funding of the Contest. Then €63,000 was spent on the Romanian National Final, from which Theodor Andrei was selected for Liverpool. The full breakdown of costs is as follows:

  • €180,000 – Participation fee
  • €80,000 – Staging and associated costs for the performance in Liverpool
  • €63,000 – National Final
  • €25,000 – Broadcasting costs in Romania
  • €23,500 – Accommodation in Liverpool
  • €11,000 – Transport and other costs

Theodor Andrei represented Romania in Liverpool with “D.G.T. (Off and on)”. In the semi-final he scored 0 points in both televote and jury and became the first entry in Romania’s Eurovision history failing to score any points.

Source: Libertatea 

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Eurovision 2023: See the results of Press Poll just before the grand final!

As we informed you, Press Poll 2023 has begun. After all countries have had all technical rehearsals, it is now time for the accredited to vote for the country that believes she will be the winner of the 67th Eurovision Song Contest.

Below are the results of the final of today’s 13/5 at 21:45:

In the vote for the winner, Finland leads, Sweden is second, and Spain is third!

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Source: Ogae International