OGAE Poll 2024: The results from Finland, Austria and Romania| Croatia is the winner!

Every year since 2007, OGAE International conducts the OGAE Poll, which includes the votes of its members from 42 different countries. Last fan clubs to reveal their votes are those of Finland, Austria and Romania! Read more

Romania: The final deadline for Eurovision 2024 decision, is on January 25!

The list of countries participating in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Malmö, Sweden, in May of next year, was made public last month. Romania is not included on the list. With a total budget of EUR 80 million for 2024, Romanian public television faces financial challenges that make its participation unclear.

As we informed you a few days ago, TVR, the public broadcaster, had a deadline until January 22, in order to confirm their decision. However, earlier today, the Romanian website, Fanatik, states that some final extra time was given, and the decision will be taken after a meeting of the council of the channel, until the 25th of January.

Dan Turturică, the General Director of TVR, stated onn this matter:

“We will have a board meeting on January 25. We have a delay from the EBU to give a final answer by the end of this month. We will have the board meeting where we will have a vote. This is not a decision for me to make alone. It’s a decision that has to be put to a vote because it involves some great costs and will be taken by open vote by all 13 members of the Board of Directors. On the 25th, the decision will be put to the vote and after that we will announce the results.”

It is calculated that Romania pays around 180 thousand euros for its participation fee, then adding the cost of the staging and the accomodation of the delegation in Sweden, that add tens of thousand of euros in the budget.

As you exclusively read in Eurovisionfun, in case Romania indeed competes in Eurovision 2024, there two female names, that are in talks with TVR, for a possible internal selection in this year’s contest.

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Romania: EBU still in talks with TVR regarding the country’s participation in Malmö!

A month ago, EBU revealed the list of the participating countries for Eurovision 2024.

Romania was not included in the list, while it was highlighted by the EBU that a decision regarding Romania’s participation had not been taken yet. In fact, EBU granted the Romanian broadcaster with an extension on early December, while the country’s fate at Eurovision still remains unknown.

Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2024 still remains under discussion, as TVR confirmed through Eurovoix. Specifically, TVR is awaiting the approval of the 2024 state budget, which includes funding for Romania‘s public broadcaster. Any information regarding the deadline given to TVR has not yet been disclosed.

Romania’s representative in Eurovision 2023, was Theodor Andrei, with his song “D.G.T. (Off and On)” which did not make it to the Final, ending up dead last in the semi-final with nul points.

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Romania: Mihai Trăistariu found a song and is now looking for a country to represent in Eurovision 2024!

A few days ago, the EBU, published the list of countries taking place in Eurovision Song Contest 2024, and even though Romania was not present in the list, it was mentioned that coversations are still underway.

TVR, the public broadcaster of Romania, revealed that they received extra time from the EBU, in order to pay the participation fee. This means that the decision on taking part or not in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, depends on the approval of the state budget for 2024 and the amount of money that will be allocated to the broadcaster.

Who will the representative be if Romania takes place?

Mihai Trăistariu, representative of the country in Eurovision 2006, has stated that he is interesting in returning to the Eurovision Song Contest, however, after TVR and EBU’s announcement, he went on to make some infuriated statements, having in mind that his country might not be present in the coming contest.

Even more, he revealed that he found the coveted song that is set to bring Romania back to the its successful self.

“I am extremely angry! I, since September, received a song from Finland from some producers, which I thought was brilliant and I said: that’s it, I found the song, after years of searching! And look, when I also found the song, I found out that it is possible that we will no longer participate in Eurovision! I kind of expected it! I don’t know why they can’t handle a failure. I understand that this boy got 0 points, but what does that mean, that is, if Romania does not qualify for the World Cup in soccer, we will never go again? It’s impossible, sometimes it’s good, sometimes it’s bad. It was good with me and Luminița, we had top results, so it is possible! But if we send any of these, normally we will only get 0 points! I kept screaming and shouting: stop sending unprepared, unripe children! I will also see which countries still allow foreigners, because I have the right track and I will enroll in another country if I have no choice “

The Romanian artist represented his country in the 2006 contest, with the song “Tornerò”, which ended up in 4th place and evolved into a huge success in the whole lot of Europe. He also tried to represent his country again in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with no success.

Romania’s representative in Eurovision 2023, was Theodor Andrei, with his song “D.G.T. (Off and On)” which didn’t manage to qualify, ending up in 15th place of the second semi-final:

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Romania: TVR received extra time from the EBU to pay the participation fee!

The EBU published then list of participating countries, taking part in Eurovision 2024 and even though Romania was abscent, it was mentioned that discussions are still underway, regarding their participation. More information was given away earlier today, on what really happened on Romania’s participation, and if that is possible. Read more

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: 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.

Stay tuned on EurovisionFun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2024!

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.

Will Mihai Trăistariu overturn the tables for Romania and help his country regain its old prestige in Eurovision? Stay tuned on EurovisionFun for all news! 

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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