M I H A I has withdrawn from Selecţia Naţională in protest of the decision of TVR to introduce two wild card entries in to the contest.
M I H A I also known as Mihai Traistariu has withdrawn from competing in the Romanian selection process for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. The singer who represented Romania in 2006 and brought the nation one of their best results, has withdrawn in protest to changes made by TVR to the selection. In a post on Facebook he stated;
Because, at this point, I no longer trust the objectivity of the organisers of the Selecţia Naţională, given the unclear situation, in the start, with regard to the contestants enrolled – those who passed the pre-selection and those who were subsequently favoured – I decided to I withdraw.
TVR this week announced that they would be adding two wild card entries in to the national selection. This a couple of weeks after TVR had confirmed the line up of the selection.
A total of nine songs were received by TVR after it made a call earlier this week for wild card entries for Selectia Nationala 2019. Singers wishing to receive a wild card, had to give a valid reason why they did not originally submit their song in to the selection process. The singers and songs who were selected by the jury were:
It is not known if more singers will withdraw from the Romanian selection in protest.
Source: M I H A I
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.