Call them early, call them eager and count them in! TVR has confirmed today that Romania will take part in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The Administration Board of the national broadcaster has greenlighted Romania’s application for Eurovision 2018.
While in previous years we typically had to wait until late November or even December for news regarding Romania’s participation in the contest, this year TVR is moving quickly. Hot off the success of Ilinca feat. Alex Florea‘s “Yodel It!”, which placed seventh at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv, Romania’s broadcaster seems poised to take the contest more seriously and get things done earlier.
A press release issued by TVR today announces that, despite the fact that the budget for 2018 is yet to be decided, the Administration Board of Televiziunea Romana has already approved Romania’s participation in next year’s contest, due to take place in Portugal.
Eighteen countries have officially confirmed participation in Eurovision 2018 so far: Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, and Sweden. Romania is the 19th country to join the contest.
TVR’s General Director Irina Radu also confirmed that preparations for next year’s contest will start early.
Eurovision is one of TVR’s premium programmes, and that is the reason why we will start preparations for Romania’s participation in the 2018 edition of the contest early. We will have more time to organise Selectia Nationala, to prepare the Romanian act’s show for the international stage and to attract as many sponsors and partners as possible in the project. Just by securing additional funds, will we be able to add them to the budget for 2018.
We’re delighted to hear that Romania is taking the contest seriously ahead of next year. The Eastern European country is the only participant country that has always qualified for the Grand Final without ever winning the contest, despite joining the Eurovision game back in 1994. Here’s hoping that a new approach and early planning will bear fruit and, who knows, maybe we’ll move the contest to Bucharest in the near future?
Romania’s best result today is third place in 2005 (Luminita Anghel & Sistem – “Let Me Try”) and 2010 (Paula Seling & Ovi – “Playing With Fire)”. In 2016, Romania was absent from the Eurovision after the EBU withdrew TVR from the contest because of outstanding debts, which were paid before Romania returned in 2017.
What do you think about Romania’s early confirmation and the promise of a better prepared Selectia Nationala? And who would you like to see represent the country in Portugal next year? Let us know in the comments!