Romanian broadcaster TVR has issued a press release confirming its presence at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna.
In a break with tradition, which has seen Romania among the last countries to confirm participation in the past years, the TVR administrative board unanimously approved this decision early in 2014. Today’s news should come as no surprise, seeing as the Eurovision Song Contest is wildly popular in Romania, with over 1,200,000 people watching the Grand Final in Copenhagen.
Last month, TVR president Stelian Tanase said during an interview with Mediafax that the Romanian broadcaster might have to take a one-month break next spring, which lead to speculations that Romania would not be present in Vienna. We are glad to see that this will not be the case and that TVR is getting its priorities straight early.
There is no word, however, whether a new Selectia Nationala is in the works or if an internal selection will be carried out. We will keep you updated.
According to daily Romania libera, who quotes sources within TVR, 2014 head of delegation Liana Stanciu is responsible for pushing the cause of Romania’s participation in Eurovision. The same sources say that TVR is going to ask for further funds from the Government, as it did this year, when Paula Seling and Ovi’s “Miracle” got 50,000 Euro from the Romanian cabinet.
Romania has been an almost constant presence since it debuted at Eurovision twenty years ago and has never missed the Grand Final since the semi-finals were introduced. The country’s Eurovision record to date is shared by Luminita Anghel and Sistem in 2005 and Paula Seling and Ovi in 2010, who both finished third with “Let Me Try”and “Playing With Fire” respectively.
You can find more details about Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest on our country profile page.
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