Theodor Andrei represented Romania at Eurovision 2023 with the song “D.G.T. (Off and On)”. As a huge fan of the competition, Theodor was excited to perform on the stage in Liverpool. Yet, Andrei has now spoken out about how his dream slowly but surely turned into a nightmare because of his collaboration with Romanian national broadcaster TVR.
Theodor made his claims during an interview with Romanian artist The Watcher, for the YouTube series Fără Perdea.
Theodor Andrei on working with TVR at Eurovision 2023
Theodor explained how he had been considering taking part in Eurovision for several years, trying to find a suitable song, as conquering Eurovision’s internationally recognised stage was always a childhood dream. The Romanian star confessed that hearing thousands of voices singing the Romanian lyrics of “D.G.T. (Off and On)” during the Eurovision pre-parties in Amsterdam and London remains one of the dearest achievements of his career so far.
But he then alleged that TVR, who is in charge of the Romanian delegation at Eurovision, turned his dream into a nightmare.
In Selecția Națională, Romania’s Eurovision selection show, Theodor participated with a stage show designed by himself. He was ready to modify and improve this for Eurovision, but TVR allegedly dismissed all of his ideas and suggestions. The staging viewers saw in Liverpool was designed exclusively by TVR’s team.
He also claims the broadcaster imposed a slower revamp of “D.G.T. (Off and On)” on Theodor, which didn’t resonate with his wishes and ideas.
Theodor had more to say about TVR. According to the Eurovision star, even if the budget that the broadcaster received for Eurovision was not properly allocated for the performance, the broadcaster also refused to provide funds for a music video for his Eurovision entry.
The “D.G.T. (Off and On)” singer wanted to keep the promise he made to fans about releasing a music video for the song. Therefore, he created a self-financed video. However, this resulted in further tensions between him and the national broadcaster. He claims that TVR forbade him from publishing it, even threatening Theodor and his family.
The music video was a success among Eurovision fans, and the fact that Theodor had to finance the production of the video himself has brought criticism to TVR.
Romania’s broadcaster has not yet responded to Theodor’s claims.
Theodor to perform in London this July
Despite the trials and tribulations with TVR, Theodor remains undeterred as he sets out to spread the message of love through rock’n’roll music. He is set to return to the UK for a concert organised by Platform ’96. Theodor will perform at Stage 002 on 28 July.
The event is taking place at The Water Rats, a renowned venue steeped in music history. Bob Dylan, The Pogues and Oasis all played their very first gigs at the venue.
Theodor will be joined on stage by British alternative rock band Glass Bridges and London-based rock band Minerva. Get ready for a night full of rock’n roll and the the perfect occasion to shake away the post-Eurovision blues.
You can get your tickets here: outsavvy.com/event/14722/stage002.
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