The Romanian national broadcaster has responded to the withdrawal of M I H A I from Selectia Nationala 2019.
TVR the Romanian national broadcaster has issued a statement following the withdrawal of one of its participants in protest to the introduction of two wildcard acts. M I H A I who represented Romania at Eurovision 2006, withdrew yesterday in protest of TVR changing the rules of the contest. TVR’s statement reads:
The National selection is organised for the purpose of representation of Romania at Eurovision song contest by the artistic act with the greatest potential and achieving the best possible result in this international prestige competition.
ESC is a contest where the talented and strong wins, but first of all, they remain in the race accepting the challenge of competition. Any artist is free to sign up or, where appropriate, give up.
TVR organised the national selection in the spirit of transparency, the whole regulation being published with the launch of entries on the official website. The selection of parts for wild cards was made by the same jury on the basis of the same criteria as at preselection.
We are glad that for wild cards there was a great interest as well as for preselection, and the two pieces qualified on this path bring the value of national selection.
Surely, the competition will be more intense, the more exciting show, and Eurovision fans will only have to gain.
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.