As we await the official list of countries competing at Eurovision 2024, local media are reporting that Romania is set to withdraw from the competition in 2024.
Financial reasons for withdrawal?
As reported by Libertatea, its sources report that Romania will be withdrawing from the competition due to financial problems. This would not be the first occasion where Romania has had to withdraw from the competition due to economic reasons.
In 2016, the country was set to compete in Stockholm with Ovidiu Anton and the entry “Moment of Silence”. However, due to non-payments of the broadcaster’s debts totalling CHF 16 Million, the EBU had to withdraw the services available to the broadcaster. Despite the withdrawal in 2016, Romania rejoined the competition in 2017.
When Libertea contacted Dan Turturică (TVR’s Director General), it was mentioned that the country is yet to decide on the country’s participation.
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.
With the deadline for broadcasters to confirm its participation getting close, only time will tell if the country will be competing in Malmö.
Romania’s Eurovision Journey
Romania joined the Eurovision family in the Eastern wave of enlargement, making their debut in 1994. Their entry – Dan Bittman’s “Dincolo de nori” – finished in 21st place with a total of 14 points. At the introduction of semi-finals, Romania found their stride and were present in every Eurovision final until 2018. Romania’s best result is third place, scored twice in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
In 2023, Romania was represented by Theodor Andrei with his song – “D.G.T. (Off and On)”. Performning at the second semi-final in Liverpool, Romania failed to qualify for the final. At the close of voting in the semi-final, Romania finished joint last, scoring 0 points from the televote.
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News Source: Libertatea
Photo Credit: Sarah Louise Bennett/EBU