The Board of Directors at TVR has stated it expects to see resignations from the team behind the nations Eurovision participation, following their failure to qualify for the final in Lisbon.
According to the Minutes of the last meeting of the Board of Directors at the Romanian national broadcaster, is not satisfied with the nations placing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The board stated that the individuals responsible for Romania’s participation in the competition;
Did not rise to the level of an international competition
The board expects that as a result of the country failing to reach the final for the first time that;
some resignations and / or sanctions will be imposed
The Board of Directors were also highly critical of the delegations response to not qualify for this years final. The day after the nation failed to qualify, the delegation reported that a technical issue with televoting was to blame for The Humans and “Goodbye” not making it through to Saturday night.
TVR, as a public institution, did not respond adequately accusing only the failures of the voting system.
Going forward the Board of Directors stated that the broadcaster will not be working with a number of individuals who had assisted with this years contest. Adding that a thorough review of their participation this year will be held and best practices established for future competitions.
Romania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the country had tried to participate in 1993 but failed to get through the pre-qualifying round. At the 1994 contest Dan Bittman finished 21st in the final scoring 14 points, Romania didn’t make it through to another final until 1998. Romania’s best results in the contest are two third place finishes. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem finished 3rd scoring 158 points, while Paula Seling & Ovi finished 3rd in Oslo with the song “Playing with Fire”. Romania missed the 2016 contest due to TVR being removed from the EBU.