TVR Board demands sanctions after Romania's non-qualification

It’s been more than a month since Eurovision 2018, but Romania still has not gotten over the fact that The Humans failed to qualify for the Grand Final. In a TVR Board meeting behind closed doors last week, the management of the Romanian state broadcaster demanded sanctions and resignations over what is perceived as a national embarrassment in the Centennial Year.

Last month, The Humans tanked in the Second Semi-final, when their song “Goodbye” failed to advance Romania to the Grand Final for the first time since the introduction of the semi-finals. In their monthly meeting last week, TVR’s management discussed this unprecedented situation, and information about what was discussed has just transpired to the press.

Despite the fact that the TVR Board of Directors met behind closed doors and all talks were supposed to remain a secret, press monitoring agency Pagina de Media obtained relevant details from the TVR staff members who were verbally informed about the outcome of the meeting. Let’s break it down!

The Board members were especially disappointed with the fact that TVR shifted the blame on televoting issues in other countries. Instead of accepting responsibility for the non-qualification, Romania’s state broadcaster exclusively pointed the finger at the fact that several telecom operators in Germany and Italy were down during the televoting in the Second Semi-final, effectively blaming the result on the faulty diaspora vote.

We should note that TVR was not blamed for sending The Humans’ song “Goodbye” to Lisbon. That was indeed the viewers’ exclusive choice, at the National Final of Selectia Nationala 2018, however unpopular it may have been among Eurovision fans at the time.

TVR Board makes recommendations for the future

Most importantly, the TVR Board considered that the show in Lisbon did not meet the level of the Eurovision Song Contest, as far as the concept, choreography and costumes were concerned. As a result, they recommended that the outside persons involved in the show not be used in the future. Moreover, some members of the board asked for “resignations and/or sanctions” in order to prevent similar situations in the future.

Some Board members expressed their wish for TVR to involve an artistic director in the future shows, even from outside the broadcaster. Moreover, “good strategies and consistent investment” would be needed to avoid non-qualification, considering that “some countries invested in excess of 1,000,000 Euro for their shows in the past”. Also, each member of Romania’s Delegation will have to be assigned clear responsibilities, so that the result can be easily broken down.

An official report regarding Romania’s participation in Eurovision 2018 will be presented to the TVR Board as soon as the financial report is finalised. According to the same source mentioned above, the management stated that the report will have to be thoroughly analysed prior to elaborating and approving the strategy for Eurovision 2019.

What do you think about the position the TVR Board? Do you agree that someone should resign and that other sanctions are in order? And what should TVR do in order to avoid non-qualification in the future? Let us know in the comments!

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jdplatt
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It’s easy to point the finger at everyone else when something goes wrong. Truth is, the song was not competitive when this year was extremely competitive. There were plenty of songs left behind in both semi finals that I liked, especially in SF2 (e.g., Malta, Poland, Latvia). Romania needs to get back to the drawing board and work out the problems, but don’t blame Germany or Italy for the missteps. Come back next year with something competitive.

AurelianTamisan
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I don’t like the way are putting it. It’s ok to look for better options, to try to improve, but it’s a foolish thing to look for blame. What blame, for not reaching, finally, a final?! Maybe they should congratulate their work for past editions before that, cause Romania had pretty nice results, with a long streak of qualifications. To blame the performance, the staging? WTF, the performance and staging were great, without them Romania wouldn’t have came 11th but much lower. It is nobody’s fault that there was no artist or producer to come with a strong song in… Read more »
CyxCy
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They are crazy. It’s just a game. Breathe and drink water. Poor “Humans”, they made all they can do, but other contestants was good. Accept it.

AngieP
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Ok, Romania didn’t qualify because the song wasn’t good. That’s it! I hope they come back nex year with sth good, as they used to do until this year, and you’ll be back in the final.

Dave
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They never really came up with something good but always progressed thanks to their diaspora.

adriana
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Romania is the only country who took any risk in sending joke entries to Esc so my hats off to them,thanks to their joke entries they never failed to qualify and once they sent something serious they didnt qualified.See the irony on this :))

Thanos B
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If this one wasn’t a joke entry, none ever will be! They sang a terrible song with an equally terrible staging involving latex mannequins and masks, and you call THIS serious?! Get real!

Alex
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Please don’t say goodbye to 2019 participation

VladCec
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Good. TVR blaming external issues with televoting was by far more embarassing than the 11th place in the semi. And, while they’re at it, maybe they’ll decide to stop showing the vote tally DURING the voting period. I’m fairly sure it had an important influence on the final result, given that Alexia & Matei were shown to be quite comfortably first from the beginning to the last time TVR showed the tally before closing the votes.

AurelianTamisan
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I totally agree, the voting is open a very long time (1 hour) and it is stupid to show intermediate results during the show, it totally influences the final vote. Now, I doubt that Alexia & Matei would have done a great performance, I’m tempted to say that they wouldn’t have qualified either. Maybe it would have been a viceversa result between televoting and juries, as I doubt that they would have been on top with televoting and I would have expected a low place with the juries. ‘Selectia Nationala’ simply didn’t have a ‘wow’ entry this year, it was… Read more »
Boycott Jerusalem 2019
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Boycott Jerusalem 2019

Is the goal just to qualify to the finals? If they send too good of a song to the contest and win, they will have to deal with the hosting issues. So probably not qualifying is a good thing.

Ric
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I Think the Romanian board is overreacting over an 11th place. But it is true that they should stop relying on the diaspora since they did get 12 points from the Italian televote and still it wasnt enough to go through. Anyway it is good to see that no country in untouchable so everybody Will have to up their game in the coming years.

Julian
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Jukebox would have been a better choice. But not Mihai Alexandru or Feli.

Juan Cena
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“Goodbye” always felt like it was only selected bits of a song, instead of a complete work.

EscAU
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maybe they shouldn’t have let the public choose a dodgy eastern european song from the 80s in the first place?

Briekimchi
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A slight overreaction to coming 11th in a semi-final.

To me, Romania was a shock non-qualifier but they happen every year. There was nothing wrong with the song or the performance. “Goodbye” was much better than some other songs that Romania have sent that have qualified in the past.

I hope Azerbaijan do not react the same way!

AurelianTamisan
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I totally agree with you, I remember Elena Gheorghe’s “Balkan Girls”, with a weak song and weak performance, or the weak performance from Mandinga. There Romania was lucky to qualify, this time the opposite happened .

Briekimchi
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Good examples!
The first one that immediately came to mind for me was Voltaj but yes, those two as well!

Katy
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Send Feli internally or give her multiple song NF. It’s not a rocket science…

Gav
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This is ridiculous. Punishing the artists who put their energy into this. I think it’s one of the most effectively designed performances this year. I loved the performance and the song grew on me.

I think they should congratulate themselves on a good show personally. I love rewatching and it’s the best Romanian entry in my opinion for a while.

Möhrant
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It’s a bit of sore loser scenario to blame televoting failing to get their diaspora vote. Especially when Romania already got a full 24 points from Moldova in that semi-final (conveniently…).

Ariso Light
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Maybe the board should stop being such sore losers. Demanding resignations and sanctions from some staff is rediculous and humanly wrong.

Robyn Gallagher
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Romania placed 11th in the semi and only missed out on a spot in the grand final by five points. But Romania has never been a borderline qualifier in the past – “Miracle” placed second in its semi!. They should not have to rely on diaspora to get through to the final because they are more than capable of sending compelling songs with bold staging that gets votes from everywhere. While “Goodbye” was expertly performed, it was a niche song (’80s-style rock ballad) with limited appeal. The weird staging with mannequins and masks didn’t help the song. Romania can and… Read more »
TheBoyNextDoor
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Wow so much drama I love it

Herr Frau
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They should’ve demanded resignations for the idiots that have been torturing British fans since the early 00s. After 1 non-qualification you demand resignations, just send someone better next time. You have better options in your NF

Kris
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I like that Romania is taking this very seriously but the EBU can’t always save them from non-qualifications by disqualifying their middle of the road/bad entries. The real question to solve here is how come Humans won the televote over Say Feli or JUKEBOX their original group.

Arguably Jukebox had the more immediate song and Bella even had great and equally good if not better vocals.

Andr
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In my personal opinion as a romanian Jukebox should have changed the staging in the final,they just had the same concept from the semi.It worked great there but something exciting was missing to give them an extra push to the victory.Otherwise the song and the live performance where good.Also there’s an important part of the romanian SN public that doesn’t really agree to sending a song in romanian.A shame as we have quite a melodic language.Feli on the other hand switched to english before the final,a decent version but not as good as the original in my opinion.But what really… Read more »
Jo.
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Send a better song next year.

Alex
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Sorry but you must be naive thinking that the Romanian public that watches Eurovision voted for Humans and not the other two big pre-favorite songs! Humans is not bad but it is extremely bland and the group is unknown in the country. I guess the televoting was rigged a bit (not a surprise in a Balkan/eastern country). Also, coming 11th is not ‘tanking’ but borderline. They were pushed by juries though. It’s a shame they blamed it on an assuming failure of televoting, lol.. is this for real? they sound like bitter fans. Would they listen to the song?

Yaa
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I am Romanian, I did not vote for The Humans in the National selection but I grew some respect for them because of the suicide theme and the singers voice. The staging, outfits, live performance made me proud, it wasn’t instant appeal but it was quality. The problem is I adored Hungary’s entry, voted for it 20 times, so did many of my fellows, Hungary got 10 points Romanian televote, after Moldova, of course, and they were in and we were out with only 4 points behind. I kinda knew it was us versus them, Hungary is Romania’s tradicional enemy,… Read more »
Yaa
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Hungary was number 10 Q, only 4 points up Romania, but it was deserved.

KESC
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Goodbye wasn’t good enough to qualify, they should be happy that they ended on 11th place. If they would’ve send Feli, she would’ve probably qualified.
Sometimes it’s better to accept mistakes and to look where the problem was instead of crying.

John Moynahan
Guest

If Romania thought they have been hard done by, what would they think if they had been drawn in semi-final 1?
They had undoubtedly the easier semifinal to compete in.
They came 11th and just missed out on qualification
It was a poor song and messy staging
Just look at what good staging can do for an ordinary song…ie Moldova, Ireland, Lithuania, Ukraine, Cyprus etc
Complacency brings its own rewards!

Darren
Guest

Not every country can qualify to the final EVERY year, regardless of what they send. Thankfully, this year changed that, and not before time really if you ask me. I was so over Romania, Russia, Azerbaijan etc sending some very questionable entries yet still qualifying every year. Romania didn’t deserve to qualify this year and they didn’t. It’s hardly a national scandal. Just try harder next year.
Jeez, if only Ireland, Switzerland, FYR Macedonia and a few others could be that lucky to only fail to qualify once.

Johann
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11th in Semi 2 by four points … this reaction seems overly-dramatic and I would not call this “tanking.”

Denis
Guest

Point the finger to where the actual fault is: the audience. A clear example that sometimes the audience doesn’t know the best. Why fire staff for something that’s not thier fault?
If your’e going to make a tour even longer than MF that at least have the material for it. Next year involve jury to balance the voting, stronger song selection and shorter process you see the change

Polegend Godgarina
Guest

The public 100% decided who to send in the final… let’s not act like there’s staff to blame.

Gobio
Guest

The new selection is to blame imo. You can’t have your own melfeset unless you have the materials and songs to do it, just go with a small selection that is far more approachable, and have both juries and televote in all shows, don’t try to force unnecessary concepts.

AQcarpatica
Guest

This is a good attitude from the board members. I can only hope things will change but I’m very pessimistic

Tomas Davitt
Guest

I think its unfair that the staff are being fired – its the Romanian public’s fault for choosing a really poor song when there were some decent ones in there.
This is the worst song that Romania has sent for quite a while

esc1234
Guest

Oh i love how they want to work on this and how passionate they are. I think that they will fix this and they will win the next years, they deserve it, romania is a powerhouse in Eurovision

Alex
Guest

I think Romania should improve their Melodifestivalen… Er I mean Selectia Nationala by bringing an international jury

Efraim
Guest

Lucky you Romania… at least you have a public TV station with room for self-criticism… which is already more than we Spaniards can say about ours.