Liana Stanciu revealed today, in an interview for Romanian news outlet exclusivnews.ro, that she submitted her letter of resignation to her superiors the moment her husband’s band entered Selectia Nationala. However, TVR did not accept her resignation.
Scandal marred this year’s Romanian national selection before it even started, when it was found out that Liana Stanciu’s husband Mihai Georgescu would enter Selectia Nationala as the lead vocalist of band Bere Gratis. When their song “Despre mine si ea” (ironically, the title means “About Me and Her”) was sent by an as-yet still unknown jury straight to the final, Pandora’s box opened and many fans and even artists accused TVR of nepotism.
Today however, during a meeting between the artists and the fans and press in Bucharest, Liana Stanciu claimed that she had submitted her letter of resignation early on, but that her request was declined:
I would like to give up, I have tried to give up. I even submitted a letter of resignation, once Mihai decided to submit a song. I was told that there was no conflict [of interests]. Once I was named [head of delegation], I was happy for two days, but then… when Mihai told me that he wanted to compete, for his reasons, which I understand and support perfectly, I went and told [TVR] about my situation. And I was told, and I quote, “You will not be on the jury, you will not appoint the jury, you have nothing to do with the selection process. You will just represent [the winner] outside Romania.” And then I said OK.
Liana Stanciu also specified that other persons are in charge with organising the selection (Elena Stirbescu) and with the show production (Cristian Zgabercea) this year, adding:
I want everyone to understand this, because they’ve been throwing [accusations] at me, thinking I am in charge with all these things. This used to be the case in the olden days, but this year it’s a different story and I want this to be very clear. My image has already been stained, but I truly hope that people will understand eventually and that they will be sorry for accusing me unfairly.
Wiwibloggs has reached out to the EBU about this issue, asking whether the accusations of nepotism could lead to the disqualification of Bere Gratis, but so far we have received no answer.
What do you think? Do you believe the Romanian HoD’s disclaimer? And what about Bere Gratis, should they withdraw from the competition, seeing as, if they win, it’s going to look like a family holiday in Copenhagen?
Update: In a televised interview on Sunday, Bere Gratis frontman Mihai Georgescu stated: “Should we win Selectia Nationala, something’s gotta give and either we or [my wife] will have to withdraw.”
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.