Romanian community in Brussels furious with Voltaj scandal
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – It has been extremely quiet about Romanian Entry from Voltaj to the forthcoming Eurovision. However oikotimes.com wouldn’t be oikotimes.com if we didn’t find out the real reason and it’s quiet shocking!
Since winning the National Final obviously the Romanians got several requests to do promotional visits across visits. However, TVR and the team of Voltaj declined them all: Amsterdam Eurovision in Concert, the London party but mostly also the Brussels event with Romanian spring event which is organised by Romanian community in Belgium. The oikotimes.com was present back in 2012 as saw it was a great event with some thousands of people in Brussels centre.
We got in contact with the Romanian community and this smells really bad. Initially the Romanian community was informed by TVR and Voltaj management there was no budget to do any promotion so they could ‘unfortunately’ do no promotion. The Romanian community responded with an exceptional offer: full flights, accommodation and all expenses were to be covered to have Voltaj at the event on Saturday 25th April.
However the reply was shocking! The reply from Voltaj people was as follows ‘we are very sorry but our program is full so unfortunately we can not visit brussels for this event’. However our friends from the Romanian community contacted directly the band and their reply was really shocking: ‘Really do you think that Voltaj would even consider to come to Brussels for free and perform there? We want money, then we might think about it. We have never heard that for Eurovision you should perform for free somewhere’.
This was obviously unacceptable so the Romanian community stopped all negotiations. In the end Serbian delegation was present at the event so a shocking announcement was made on the day by the presenters. ‘As Voltaj didn’t want to come for various reasons we are very happy to welcome extra Bojana Stamenov, the serbian representative. so we know now surely to whom we have to vote for in the first semifinal for Eurovision’.
This was an amazing statement from Romanian community. It was confirmed that the total ridiculous reply from Voltaj was given to many other Romanian communities in Europe. So this will be very interesting how this will influence the diaspora voting with a clear non respect from Voltaja and TVR to the Romanians across Europe.