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Romania: TVR is considering suing EBU!

A few days after the Eurovision 2022 Grand Final, EBU issued an announcement regarding voting irregularities during Semi-Final 2 ,in which the Romanian jury was among the juries detected for “irregular voting patterns”. The national broadcaster of Romania, TVR, has publicly reacted against the decision and the CEO of the broadcaster stated that participation for next year was up for a debate, while an online poll was launched asking audience members to vote if they want Romania to participate again in the contest.

The CEO of TVR, Dan Turturică, has made some further comments on the issue, saying that Romanian television is considering suing the European Broadcasting Union after the situation in the Eurovision final. He believes that EBU changed the rules “during the game” and he adds that currently an internal investigation is conducted by TVR, to identify why the Romanian jury votes were invalid while decisions will be made on the situation.

Mr. Turturică also added that while TVR is analyzing the regulations, there needs to be a careful treatment without damaging the relationship of the broadcaster with EBU.

 

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all the latest updates on the issue!

Source: Stiripesurse.ro

Romanian broadcaster launches online poll about the future of the country in the contest

As we previously reported, Romanian national broadcaster TVR is considering to withdraw from the contest after the announcement of EBU regarding irregular voting patterns of 6 national juries in the semi-final, including the Romanian jury.

As part of the show which TVR will broadcast tonight called Referéndum, the broadcaster has launched an online poll, asking audience to vote if they want Romania to participate again in Eurovision.

 

As of the time these lines are written, more than 5800 have voted and the results so far are:

YES – 53%

NO – 38%

DONT KNOW/DONT CARE – 7%

 

The poll and whether Romania should participate in Eurovision 2023 will be discussed on Monday 23rd of May at 9Pm on TVR 1. You can watch the show live through the video below:

 

Do you think Romania will take part in Eurovision 2023? Tell us in the comments!

Romania: TVR debates Eurovision participation!

The Romania/EBU saga continues!

Romania is considering leaving the Eurovision Song Contest after the EBU replaced its jury votes together with other five countries.  The EBU questioned the validity of the Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino jury votes.

In a public statement Mr. Dan Cristian Turturică, the president-general director of TVR said that a future participation of Romania in the festival is open up to debate.

TVR 1 will broadcast a debate on the subject in the tv program Referéndum moderated by Mihai R ădulescu.  The question to the public will be: Do you want Romania to participate again in Eurovision?

TVR also invited EBU representatives to the program to further explain its accusations against the jury votes of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino.

TVR will broadcast their Eurovision debate tonight at 21.00 on TVR1.

Source: Facebook/ Dan Cristian Turturică

President and CEO of TV Romania: I will support not to participate in Eurovision and the option of suing EBU!

The President and CEO of TVR announced on Friday evening that he will support the TVR’s governing bodies to stop public television from participating in Eurovision. Dan Cristian Turturică is also considering the option of suing EBU and claiming damages for image damage.

The reaction of the president-general director of TVR comes after this year’s Eurovision scandal: EBU claims that there would have been voting irregularities in the case of six countries, including Romania.

TVR disapproves of the way in which EBU handled the situation generated by the votes cast by the national juries, on the occasion of the semifinals and final of the Eurovision 2022 contest.

In his personal profile at social media mr Dan Cristian Turturica, posted the following photos of the jury voting of three more countries, in order to prove that more countries voted in a strange way:

You can read the latest statements from each of the broadcasters at the links below:

Source: TVR

Romania: Threatens to withdraw from Eurovision Song Contest after response to juries voting irregularities

TVR is threatening to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest, after the EBU’s response to irregular voting patterns from six juries in the second semi final of Eurovision 2022, including Romania.

The Romanian broadcaster is threatening to withdraw from the Eurovision Song Contest due to the damage that the EBU’s response to jury voting at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. The Romanian public broadcaster is also stating it is considering legal actions against the European Broadcasting Union!

The Romanian broadcaster joins other broadcasters in arguing that Sweden, Australia and Belgium also voted for each other, the full examples cited can be seen on the TVR website.

The three countries cited voted as follows:

  • Sweden awarded: 12 points to Australia, 8 points to Belgium
  • Australia awarded: 12 points to Sweden, 8 points to Belgium
  • Belgium awarded: 10 points to Sweden, 8 points to Australia

TVR disapproves of the way in which the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) handled the situation generated by the votes of the national juries during the semifinals and the final of the Eurovision 2022 competition votes were divided in a way that raised suspicions.

While some countries have been penalized, the jurors’ grades have been replaced by EBU grades – through a so-called non-transparent “algorithm”, which in turn raises suspicions – for others no sanctions have been applied. Worse, they received additional points, directed by the EBU on behalf of the penalized countries (details at the end of the press release).

The impact of these suspicions on the competition and on the reputation of the sanctioned televisions could have been completely eliminated if the EBU had communicated its concerns to the parties involved as soon as they were observed, ie on Wednesday, 11 May, after the second semi-final for the jury.

Had the EBU communicated to the delegations the notes given by the jurors of the six countries the day after the vote and convincingly explained the existence of an “irregular voting pattern,” TVR would have had time to react to promptly investigate the allegations and correct the situation, if any.

In this way, on Thursday, May 12, we could eliminate any suspicion that hovered over the votes given by the jurors during the second semifinal, and during the gala, for the public, the finalists could be announced based on the notes of the jurors, not on those generated by the “algorithm.”

However, this would have been possible only if the EBU had treated TVR as a real partner and had taken into account the fact that the Eurovision Regulation is the one that gives full independence to national juries and that televisions can neither find out nor influence the scores. granted by jurors, than long after they were sent to the EBU. Thus, TVR did not find out until after the final the way in which the Romanian jurors voted in the semifinals.

Unfortunately, because the EBU decided to send us the relevant information only after seven days, all we could do was ask the Romanian jury for official explanations, “post-factum,” on the vote in the second semifinal. Even in this context, in which we have already been tried and sanctioned, without being given the opportunity to defend ourselves, TVR will collaborate with all other sanctioned televisions to find out if the reported irregularities were the result of an attempted fraud.

Another point to note is that the EBU has prevention and control mechanisms. When there is a suspicion of a jury, it may send observers to oversee the voting process. This is what happened this year when the EBU decided to send observers to two of the six sanctioned countries.

The conclusion of the observers was that the vote was regular and they did not report any misconduct or attempted fraud. This is one of the reasons why at the beginning of the final audition for the public, the EBU representative announced that all the votes cast by the jurors are valid.

In the case of these countries, the organizers did not report “irregular voting patterns.” Moreover, they were given the most points awarded, by “algorithm”, from the countries sanctioned for voting among themselves. Of the six countries accused of having an onerous deal to reach the final, only three succeeded. Of the three countries that received points by “algorithm” from sanctioned countries, all managed to enter the final.

The incomprehensible attitude of the EBU towards TVR, a traditional member of this organization, which deserves to be treated with respect, is also underlined by the fact that the Eurovision organizers chose to lie during the transmission of the final results of the competition. When it was Romania’s turn to announce the result of the jury’s vote, the organizers invoked a non-existent technical problem to present the notes provided by the “algorithm.”

We reiterate what we said in our first statement: there was no technical problem! Eda Marcus was ready to go live, and the connection worked perfectly. The only reason we were forbidden to announce the vote of the Romanian jury, which had awarded 12 points to Moldova, was that we refused to accept the score imposed by the EBU.

Following the situation created and the image damage brought to the public television, the TVR representatives consider the withdrawal of Romania from the future editions of Eurovision and the action in court of the event organizers.

The full statement can be read here.

The six countries whose jury votes were removed from the contest and replaced by the EBU with results based on previous voting patterns are: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania and San Marino.

You can read the latest statements from each of the broadcasters at the links below:

Source: TVR

Romania: The finalists of the Selecţia Naţională 2022!

The semifinal of Selecţia Naţională 2022 has just ended! We now know the ten finalists who will claim the Romanian representation in Turin, in the final of the Selecţia Naţională 2022, which will take place on March 5th.

The show

Hosts of Selecţia Naţională 2022 are Anca Mazilu and Bogdan Stănescu. The team of presenters is completed by Ilinca Băcilă, representative of Romania at Eurovision 2017, who was with the contestants in the Green Room.

The 20 artists who were selected to compete in today’s semifinal, performed live the entries and were judged exclusively by the five-member jury, which determined the results.

The order of appearance of the 20 contestants was as follows:

1. Alex Parker feat. Bastien– All This Love
2. Aldo Blaga – Embers
3. PETRA– Ireligios
4. Vizi– Sparrow
5. Vanu– Never give up
6. Mălina – Prisoner
7. WRS– Llamame
8. Andrei Petruș– Take me
9. MØISE– Guilty
10. Gabriel Basco– One night
11. Cream, Minodora, Diana – România mea
12. Oana Tăbultoc– Utopia
13. Kyrie Mendel– Hurricane
14. Dora Gaitanovici– Ana
15. Cezar Ouatu– For everyone
16. Andra Oproiu– Younique
17. E-an-na– Malere
18. Eugenia Nicolae feat. Cazanoi Brothers– Doina
19. Eliza G – The other half of me
20. ARIS– Do Svidaniya

Results

The members of the jury who determined 100% of the results of the semifinal were:

  • Alexandra Ungureanu
  • Ozana Barabancea
  • Randi
  • Cristian Faur
  • Adrian Romcescu

The ten artists who succeeded and qualified for the final on March 5 are:

  1. Alex Parker feat. Bastien
  2. PETRA
  3. Vanu
  4. WRS
  5. Andrei Petruș
  6. MØISE
  7. Gabriel Basco
  8. Cream, Minodora, Diana
  9. Kyrie Mendel
  10. Dora Gaitanovici

The final verdict for the representative of Romania in Eurovision 2022 will be received by the audience and a jury. Romania will participate in the second semifinal, appearing in the second half of the semifinal.

Stay tuned at Eurovisionfun for all the news regarding the Romanian entry in the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest!

Romania: Online voting for Selecţia Naţională 2022 semifinal has started!

Voting for the first part of the semifinals of the Romanian selection for the Eurovision 2022 Song Contest has just begun.

From 19:00 (CET) the public can vote for their favorite songs competing in the Selecţia Naţională 2022. You can vote for 24 hours HERE.

Once the vote is closed, the five entries that received the most votes will make a place in Saturday’s televised semifinal.

A jury has already voted on the 45 songs currently competing in the Selecţia Naţională 2022. The 15 entrants who received the highest critical votes but were not in the top 5 will also compete in the semifinals.

We remind you that the songs claiming to represent Romania are the following:

  • Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – “Best of me”
  • Aldo Blaga – “Embers”
  • Alexa – “Hoodies and cold nights”
  • Alina Amon – “Without you”
  • Ana Lazăr – “Youngster”
  • Andra Oproiu – “Younique”
  • Andrea Stocchino – “Avere paura” (To be afraid)
  • Andrei Petruş – “Take me”
  • ARIS – “Do Svidaniya” (Goodbye)
  • Ayona Iordănescu – “Let me come to you”
  • Bogdan Dumitraş – “Sign”
  • Carmen Trandafir – “Măşti” (Masks)
  • Cezar Ouatu – “For everyone”
  • Ciro De Luca – “Imperdonabile” (Unforgivable)
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – “România mea” (My Romania)
  • Dan Helciug – “241”
  • Dora Gaitanovici – “Ana”
  • E-an-na – “Malere”
  • Eliza G – “The other half of me”
  • Eugenia Nicolae – “Doina”
  • Forţele de muncă – “Hai afară, frate!” (Come out brother!)
  • Gabriel Basco – “One night”
  • Giulia-Georgia Beiliciu – “Find your way”
  • Ivelin Trakiyski – “Neverending”
  • Jessie – “Regret”
  • Kyrie Mendél – “Hurricane”
  • Letiţia Moisescu – “Mirunica”
  • Leyah – “I’ll be fine”
  • Mălina – “Prisoner”
  • Miryam – “Top of the rainbow”
  • MOISE – “Guilty”
  • Oana Tabultoc – “Utopia”
  • Olivia Miheţ – “Fragile”
  • Othello – “You’re worthy”
  • Outflow – “Running in circles”
  • Petra – “Ireligios” (Irreligious)
  • Popa Roberta-Maria – “Indigo”
  • Romeo Zaharia – “Until the fight is over”
  • Silvia Costache – “Save me”
  • Sophia – “Beautiful lies”
  • Stelian – “Remember”
  • VANU – “Never give up”
  • Vizi Imre – “Sparrow”
  • WRS – “Llámame” (Call me)

The second part of the semifinal will be held this Saturday, February 12 and will be televised. The jury will select ten songs to advance to the final.

In the final, which will take place on March 5th, the winner and Romania’s representative in Turin will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Romania: The jury has concluded for the first part of the Selecţia Naţională 2022 semi-final!

Romanian broadcaster TVR has announced that the jury’s vote which will determine the songs from the first part of the Selecţia Naţională 2022 semifinal that will be passing to the next stage has been completed.

The jury has been tasked to rate all 45 candidates competing for a place in Saturday’s second part of the semifinal. 15 of them will win the ticket for the second part of the semifinal, provided that the public did not also choose them.

Specifically, the public voting for the first part of the semifinal will start tomorrow afternoon at 19:00 CET, with the public choosing 5 songs for the second part of the semi on Saturday. The 15 songs that emerged after the jury vote will be the 15 songs that scored the highest in the juries and that, at the same time, did not make it into the audience’s top 5.

We remind you that the songs bidding to represent Romania are the following:

  • Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – “Best of me”
  • Aldo Blaga – “Embers”
  • Alexa – “Hoodies and cold nights”
  • Alina Amon – “Without you”
  • Ana Lazăr – “Youngster”
  • Andra Oproiu – “Younique”
  • Andrea Stocchino – “Avere paura” (To be afraid)
  • Andrei Petruş – “Take me”
  • ARIS – “Do Svidaniya” (Goodbye)
  • Ayona Iordănescu – “Let me come to you”
  • Bogdan Dumitraş – “Sign”
  • Carmen Trandafir – “Măşti” (Masks)
  • Cezar Ouatu – “For everyone”
  • Ciro De Luca – “Imperdonabile” (Unforgivable)
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – “România mea” (My Romania)
  • Dan Helciug – “241”
  • Dora Gaitanovici – “Ana”
  • E-an-na – “Malere”
  • Eliza G – “The other half of me”
  • Eugenia Nicolae – “Doina”
  • Fabian Ferrara – “That way”
  • Forţele de muncă – “Hai afară, frate!” (Come out brother!)
  • Gabriel Basco – “One night”
  • Giulia-Georgia Beiliciu – “Find your way”
  • Ivelin Trakiyski – “Neverending”
  • Jessie – “Regret”
  • Kyrie Mendél – “Hurricane”
  • Letiţia Moisescu – “Mirunica”
  • Leyah – “I’ll be fine”
  • Mălina – “Prisoner”
  • Miryam – “Top of the rainbow”
  • MOISE – “Guilty”
  • Oana Tabultoc – “Utopia”
  • Olivia Miheţ – “Fragile”
  • Othello – “You’re worthy”
  • Outflow – “Running in circles”
  • Petra – “Ireligios” (Irreligious)
  • Popa Roberta-Maria – “Indigo”
  • Romeo Zaharia – “Until the fight is over”
  • Silvia Costache – “Save me”
  • Sophia – “Beautiful lies”
  • Stelian – “Remember”
  • VANU – “Never give up”
  • Vizi Imre – “Sparrow”
  • WRS – “Llámame” (Call me)

The second part of the semifinal will be held this Saturday, February 12 and will be televised. The jury will select ten songs to advance to the final.

In the final, which will take place on March 5th, the winner and Romania’s representative in Turin will be determined by a combination of public and jury voting.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

Romania: Three shows for the auditions of the Selectia Nationala 2022 semi-finals!

On Saturday 5 February, the programmes dedicated to the semi-finals of the 2022 National Selection, “Drumul spre Torino” (Road to Turin), will begin.

With the first of the three parts of the show starting on February 5 and the third one concluding on February 7. The three shows will therefore take place on 5-7 February, on TVR 1 with exclusive pictures from the National Selection semi-finals.

On 9 and 10 February, fans will be able to vote for their favourite songs on the official Eurovision Romania Facebook page.

The broadcast for the conclusion of the semi-final will take place on Saturday 12 February, live on TVR.

The semi-final schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday 5 February (at 23:00 local time)
  • Sunday 6 February (at 22:30 local time)
  • Monday 7 February (at 22:50 local time)

You can watch all three shows on TVR 1, TVR International and TVR Moldova (9-11 February, at 23:05).  The videos of the 46 semi-final songs will also be broadcasted on the official website eurovision.tvr.ro, on TVR’s YouTube channel and on the Eurovision Romania Facebook page.

The presenter will be Ilinca Băcilă (Representative of Romania in 2017), where for the first time she will exclusively broadcast footage from the filming, the impressions of the semi-final judges and the emotions and joy of the competition for the biggest international music competition in the world.

This is the fifth year in a row that I have been part of Eurovision in one way or another. I represented Romania in the contest, I was on the national jury, the international jury, I presented Romania’s score in the international phase and this year I have the opportunity to be with those who are struggling to represent our country.

This time I will meet again with the Eurovision fans from the position of the presenter of the three shows in which you will have the opportunity to get to know the semi-finals of this year’s edition.

During these shows, viewers will get to know the 2022 National Selection semi-finals better and join the organisers in the feverish preparations for the show on 12 February.

The week dedicated to the semi-finals in Romania will continue with the public vote. For the first time, fans will be able to vote for their favourite songs on the official Facebook page of the national competition on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 February, where they can nominate five songs for the second stage of the semi-finals. The jury will qualify another 15 and the semi-final will conclude on 12 February with the TV show, in which the expert jury will select only ten songs for the grand final.

The last act of the selection will take place on 5 March, when we will find out the name of Romania’s representative in the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: TVR

Stay tuned to Eurovision Fun for all the latest news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!

 

Romania: Filming for the Selecţia Naţional semi-final is underway!

The filming of the live performances of songs competing in the semi-final of Selecţia Naţional in Romania is underway at a TVR studio in Bucharest. The 46 participants have been filming their live performances since Thursday.

The performances of the artists will be uploaded online on February 5 and later, on February 9 and 10, the public will be able to vote for their favorite. The jury will select 15 songs to advance to the second part of the semi-final, while the audience will select 5 songs.

The songs competing in the national final are the following:

  • Alex Parker & Erik Frank & Bastien – “Best of me”
  • Aldo Blaga – “Embers”
  • Alexa – “Hoodies and cold nights”
  • Alina Amon – “Without you”
  • Ana Lazăr – “Youngster”
  • Andra Oproiu – “Younique”
  • Andrea Stocchino – “Avere paura” (To be afraid)
  • Andrei Petruş – “Take me”
  • ARIS – “Do Svidaniya” (Goodbye)
  • Ayona Iordănescu – “Let me come to you”
  • Barbara – “Hypnotized”
  • Bogdan Dumitraş – “Sign”
  • Carmen Trandafir – “Măşti” (Masks)
  • Cezar Ouatu – “For everyone”
  • Ciro De Luca – “Imperdonabile” (Unforgiveable)
  • Claudia, Minodora, Diana – “România mea” (My Romania)
  • Dan Helciug – “241”
  • Dora Gaitanovici – “Ana”
  • E-an-na – “Malere”
  • Eliza G – “The other half of me”
  • Eugenia Nicolae – “Doina”
  • Fabian Ferrara – “That way”
  • Forţele de muncă – “Hai afară, frate!” (Come out brother!)
  • Gabriel Basco – “One night”
  • Giulia-Georgia Beiliciu – “Find your way”
  • Ivelin Trakiyski – “Neverending”
  • Jessie – “Regret”
  • Kyrie Mendél – “Hurricane”
  • Letiţia Moisescu – “Mirunica”
  • Leyah – “I’ll be fine”
  • Mălina – “Prisoner”
  • Miryam – “Top of the rainbow”
  • MOISE – “Guilty”
  • Oana Tabultoc – “Utopia”
  • Olivia Miheţ – “Fragile”
  • Othello – “You’re worthy”
  • Outflow – “Running in circles”
  • Petra – “Ireligios” (Irreligious)
  • Popa Roberta-Maria – “Indigo”
  • Romeo Zaharia – “Until the fight is over”
  • Silvia Costache – “Save me”
  • Sophia – “Beautiful lies”
  • Stelian – “Remember”
  • VANU – “Never give up”
  • Vizi Imre – “Sparrow”
  • WRS – “Llámame” (Call me)

The second phase of the semi-final will take place on February 12, which will also be televised. There, the 20 songs that will have been selected will compete for the ten places of the final, while the verdict will belong exclusively to the members of the jury.

In the Grand Final, to be held on March 5, the 10 best songs will perform again and the winner will be selected by a combination of jury and audience votes. As in previous years, the televoting score will have the same weight as the score given by each member of the jury.

Stay tuned to Eurovisionfun for all news regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2022!