Romania’s participation in Vienna in jeopardy
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – Money, money, money. It seems that it is the biggest problem of every national broadcaster in Europe. TVR’s participation in Vienna is in serious doubt. In an interview with mediafax.ro, Mr. Tanase, president of TVR, has revealed that due to the economic crisis, the television might have to go down for a month and then start up again rebranded. Bad thing is that this should happen right around Eurovision week. Another bad thing is that Eurovision is very popular in Romania and on those three nights TVR gets amazing rates every year.
However, one of the program directors, Irina Radu, said that the board of directors have approved the idea of participating next year if necessary funds are gathered. But this statement came some time before Mr Tanase’s interview with mediafax. Since any official statement still isn’t published, we can hope that TVR and Romania will stay with us and that we will see their representative in Austria.
Since Romania is one of the fewer countries that have managed to qualify for the Final every year since the semis were introduced and that fans think that they will win the contest any year now, it would be such a shame not to see their representative next year. If you look at the split results from last year, you could see that they won the televote in second semifinal. So I really hope that they won’t miss the contest next year as Romania is one of my favorite countries there.
DID YOU KNOW?
Romania debuted back in 1994. They even tried to do it in 1993, but they didn’t pass the qualifing round. Until 2002 they participated every second year due to bad results. But than the successes started. They were one of the automatic qualifires every year except in 2005, when they even won the semifinal and made their best score – third place. Since the format with two semifinals was introduced they have also qualified every time, but didn’t make any big result, except in 2010, when Paula and Ovi finished third.