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!