Romania's Eurovision 2024 participation in doubts
With less than one week to go until the deadline for countries to confirm their participation to the Eurovision Song Contest 2024 closes (15th September 2023), rumors of a Romanian withdrawal are coming to the surface.
It is believed that sources from the Romanian Broadcaster, Televiziunea Română (TVR), have expressed financial issues which would hinder their decision on participating in 2024. This news comes after a disappointing year for the nation at this year’s contest in Liverpool, with TVR revealing they spent almost 400,000 Euros on their participation in 2023.
Sadly, Romania’s result at this year’s contest was one of the worst in the country’s history. Romania’s representative, Theodor Andrei came second to last (15th place) in Semi Final 2 with his song “D.G.T (Off and on) and failed to qualify to the Grand Final as a result.
Romania has been participating in the Eurovision Song Contest since 1993, and each year Televiziunea Română (TVR) has held national selections (Selecția Națională) to determine their Eurovision entry. Although the nation has had some good results such as; Luminiţa Anghel and Sistem in Kyiv in 2005, Paula Seling and Ovi in Oslo in 2010, and Mihai Traistariu in Athens 2006 – Romania has not been able to produce anywhere near these kinds of results in recent years.
In a recent interview, Televiziunea Română (TVR) has been quoted expressing that “For now, no decision has been made”. With the deadline now looming it still unclear on which way the broadcaster will go, and all will be revealed in the coming weeks.
Do you think Romania will participate at Eurovision 2024? Do you think Romania’s absence in 2024 will be beneficial for the country’s chances long-term? Do you think Romania should stick to the national selection process or switch to select internally? Let us know in the comments below!