The long-awaited answer regarding Romania‘s participation in Eurovision 2024 finally came on Thursday when, after a general meeting of the Board of Directors, the national broadcaster TVR issued a statement to the Romanian press.

The national broadcaster came with a negative answer regarding participation in the contest, stating as a main reason the “financial constraints”.

Discussions about how TVR manages Romania’s artistic acts in Eurovision were sparked last year by the past Romanian representative, Theodor Andrei.

Romania withdraws from Eurovision 2024

At the end of 2023, Romania received a postponement from the EBU regarding their response to participation in Eurovision 2024. Romania had failed to pay the participation fee before the initial deadline. However, TVR was granted an additional opportunity to reconsider their participation. The decision was reached on Thursday, January 25th, during a board meeting in which 13 members of the Board of Directors cast their votes.

TVR declared:

“Financial constraints and the desire to represent Romania at a high level are the reasons why the Board of Directors has decided that TVR will not participate in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).

The decision was made in today’s meeting, January 25, with 5 votes “for,” 4 “abstentions,” and 4 “against.”

On the same day, the Board of Directors approved the budget for SRTv (Romanian Television Society) in 2024, which does not include sufficient funds to guarantee Romania’s participation according to the increasingly high standards of the international competition.

This year, in addition to established productions, TVR is allocating substantial resources for other priority productions and projects. Among them: broadcasting the Summer Olympic Games from Paris, continuing the process of upgrading – automating the broadcast of SRTv channels, investments in the news production system, continuing investments in the new TVR Craiova headquarters, and other long-postponed modernization projects.

Although benefiting from an extended deadline for registration in the 2024 competition, thanks to a traditional collaboration with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the organiser of the competition, TVR is forced to postpone participation in the Eurovision Song Contest for a future edition.

Eurovision 2024 will take place in the city of Malmö, Sweden, the country whose representative won the 2023 edition of the competition. Over the years, several countries, such as Hungary, Turkey, Bulgaria, Montenegro, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, or North Macedonia, have decided not to participate in the international competition.”

Romania last qualified for the Eurovision grand final in 2022, when Andrei Ursu (WRS) represented the country. This achievement came after three consecutive years of non-qualifications.

What are your thoughts regarding TVR’s decision? Let us know in the comments below. 

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BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago

At some point, probably after Eurovision 2024 is over, the EBU has got to address the constant withdrawal of countries due to financial issues paying the fee. It’s a vicious cycle where the fees hike up when there are fewer countries participating but it could get worse if nothing is done to mitigate it. I also just realized that this is the first time since 1999 that there are no countries beginning with R at Eurovision. I hope Romania takes its year off time wisely to reorganize and reconfigure its approach to Eurovision.

Yodenman
Yodenman
2 months ago

When you saw what they did with Roxen, then it just makes me so annoyed. They had the song, the artist but destroyed any chances with terrible staging. That girl wasn’t experienced enough to sing and be flung around the stage like that. That was such an opportunity wasted.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

stream Cristian Porcari – Doare everyone

so good

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago

Like f1 they need a budget cap. Everyone has the same money every year to spend.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

After what the broadcaster did to Theodor, I celebrate this decision. The ESC should not be a place for corrupt and wicked executives.

Mark
Mark
2 months ago

Okay, now ban Israel

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

Why, though?

Noam600
Noam600
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark

As the song goes…

Israel: “Hey EBU, so what’s up with us this year, are you going to ban us from ESC?”
EBU: “No… Why? You did nothing wrong.”
Israel: “But you know.. with all that hate around the world, you are very brave, thank you!”
EBU: “Let’s make it clear Israel, OK?”
Israel: “What?”
EBU: “NO i don’t care about them all, cause all I want is to be loved, and all I care about is YOU HO HO, you stuck on me like a tattoo…”
Israel: “Aww..Thanks brothers!”

Efthymios
Efthymios
2 months ago

It’d be better for them to just take a break and return whenever they feel it’s better for them to reconsider. Romania used to be a pwoerhouse but their entries’ quality (often, results as well) has been dramatically falling ever since 2018.

Wedding Cake Island
Wedding Cake Island
2 months ago
Reply to  Efthymios

They don’t need a break. They just need to choose better.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

For choosing better, they need to change their approach. For changing their approach, they need time, and there wasn’t such a big window to work on for this year

Azuro
Azuro
2 months ago

I remember mid to late 2000s thinking a Romanian win was inevitable, just a matter of time, it was a powerhouse that never missed the final.

Then 2015 onwards fell to mid table, 2018 onwards can’t even qualify.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

The worst ESC-related downgrade of all time 🙁

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

2017 was my no.1 by a huge margin tbh, am still in love with Yodel It

Alien Ditta
Alien Ditta
2 months ago

It’s for the better, Romania definitely needs a break, hopefully they’ll return stronger than before.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
2 months ago

It wasn’t a surprise tbh. We haven’t heard anything on any song or artist for Romania throughout this current preseason. Also, let’s flashback to 2016 when Ovidu Anton when he was kicked out when the EBU blockaded TVR for financial reasons 3 weeks before the shows that was really cruel. Between 2018 and 2022 no qualifications even with warmly received entries with The Humans, Ester Peony and Roxen with the latter’s cancelled 2020 entry being in the running for a potential winner. Since the 2017 entry of Yodel It with Illncia & Alex Florea which finished in 7th place and… Read more »

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Missing the rapid dissapearance of poorer countries…. The contest has become to skewed to favor western and Northern Europe with their slick pop music and high budgets.

Stefan
Stefan
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Don`t forget Latvia, They just have fun

Fatima
Fatima
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

You’re right Alex, and whoever will be the first to afford to use one of those Boston Dynamic robots will definitely win.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago

As for Romania, can’t say I’m surprised. 2019 was the beginning of their fall. They used to be a powerhouse and I believe that taking a break could potentionally bring them back to their golden age when they make a comeback. It worked for some countries.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Emily

I think you mean 2018, which was the first time they ever failed to qualify. That was definitely the start of the dark ages for Romania.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

No, 2019. Not because of the missed qualification. Sometimes strong countries fail to qualify. It happens. But for Romania 2019 was the year something obviously wasn’t working for them anymore.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago

Just so you know, Iceland is putting big bets on THEMSELVES, just like Malta did back in 2021. Not voting for cheaters!

Gil
Gil
2 months ago
Reply to  Emily

They are not only cheaters but terror supporters which is much worst…iceland, no one wants you at eurivision

Stian F
Stian F
2 months ago
Reply to  Gil

Speak for yourself. I and many others really want Iceland to be in Eurovision and never ever leave!

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Stian F

Of course, Iceland is the spoiled little brother to Norwegians and Danes

Chris
Chris
2 months ago

At least they are honest, take Ireland for example actively not trying to do well on the competition since the 90s ?. Respect to Romania

Vivian
Vivian
2 months ago

I’m honestly baffled they got this much time to consider in the first place. Romania has a lot of things to consider doing differently.

First and most importantly, they need to learn how to properly treat their representatives

A D
A D
2 months ago

Honestly, I would rather them take a break, and use the time to save up and participate the right way, than force a sad, half-hearted approach like they did last year (no offense to Theodor, I just mean it’s obvious he received little to no support from TVR).

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  A D

That’s exactly what I was thinking too.

Sucof
Sucof
2 months ago

Today the new scenography of the next Sanremo festival in Italy was revealed:

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Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

So like every year…?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie

TWO staircases this year!

MissYou_MrTakeItAway
MissYou_MrTakeItAway
2 months ago
Reply to  Sucof

It looks like an insect’s head.

Devito
Devito
2 months ago

You know, Icelandic participation is also in question. RUV has no wish to clap for occupiers and be called anti-Semitic at the same time if they are not giving their 12 points to the promised land in a fictional fairytale. Much respect to the Icelandic if they dare to actually boycott the contest due to the Israeli war in Palestine. Unlike NRK, which knows how to talk but does nothing. At the end of the day, every heart must have a chance to beat, thus, Jews are not entitled to decide who can live or who must die. It is… Read more »

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

I love Iceland but the fact that they specifically announced the Palestinian artist competing in their NF before everyone else who is competing as well is quite frankly disgusting. I never expected this from the Icelandic broadcaster. There is no innocent explanation for this. It’s like openly saying „Look, here’s who you gotta vote for. We chose for you“. Unbelievable. Never thought Iceland could ever lose my support but that’ll do.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Israeli here.
People were so afraid we might try to get political votes like happened in 2022 with Ukraine, but as it seems, we’re not the only ones (although, most Israelis wouldn’t want to win like that).
Look at Iceland’s odds – they went straight up to 2nd place in the betting odds to win after that!
Iceland is playing very dirty, such a shame.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

I have to agree, it’s appalling. I wonder what the nine other contestants in Iceland are thinking, the ones RUV doesn’t announce prematurely. Do they all agree that they shouldn’t win? Then why have this competition at all? The broadcaster made their own contest completely dirty and devalued their own participants before we even heard any second of any song.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Some think Bashar’s song – Nafas – is his entry, which is in Arabic.
Aren’t they supposed to sing in Icelandic first as well? Good luck with that…

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

I think they even had a rule that the artist had to be either Icelandic or a resident in Iceland. But I guess that rule was dropped in favor of playing politics. Russia 2017 is nothing compared to this, honestly.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Marketa is an actual Icelandic citizen, maybe this guy is too.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Doubtful, since they advertise him being Palestinian.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

He could be a resident as the rules state. They don’t say you have to be born in Iceland to compete, just being an Icelandic citizen or resident.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I believe he has been a resident since last Monday.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Well, that’s convenient.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Just checked his bio and nothing seems to link him to Iceland, besides a collaboration with Hatari in 2019

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

I don’t think we’ve ever had Icelandic songs previously released before being announced as competing in the national final. It might not be it and something else. We’ll have to see on Saturday.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

The lengths RUV has gone for virtue signaling are disgusting

Olof
Olof
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

If all this are true that he has no connection to Iceland whatsoever and recieved his membership earlier this week, then RUV has thrown ALL it´s credability and trustworthy directly into the bin.

This is beoynd disgusting, to scream “We want Israel to withdraw” and then have a Palestinian in their own national final is so hypocrite,

I would have been furious if SVT had done something like this I can say

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

do you think Israel might throw the contest by sending a bad song on purpose so that if they fail to qualify, at least it’s a legit reason?

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

I really don’t want us to do so. I think we should always aim for the best.
So far, the singers in our national final are trying hard to win and it seems they can sing, at least.
Will the song be bad on purpose? Hopefully not, and hopefully not political, I think we’re better than that

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Roy Moreno

I know nobody wants to send a bad song, but I do fear is that even if you guys have a very good song, people won’t vote for you because of the war and deliberately tank you out of the semi finals, regardless of song quality. I also hope that the israeli song won’t fall afoul of the rules regarding politics in songs, but I worry that something might get snuck in there anyway, because of the requirement that the song has to have some Hebrew lyrics. Remember Belarus in 2021? Or you could send the most inoffensive bland song… Read more »

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

It’s inevitable, some won’t vote for us anyway, and some will vote for us anyway. I agree, I hope it won’t be a political song, but I think it’s going to be a very subtle message. Even Unicorn, when having a context to it, sounds like a song about Israel and Israelis. Politics will always be a part of the voting but I hope our song will be good and as clean as possible :\ Having Hebrew lyrics is just this year, because of the war, and it’s not difficult to have. We did it anyway in different years. And… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Did the broadcaster actually announce it, or is just a leak from some crystal ball type looking to get a scoop?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

i read on the broadcaster’s website ruv.is and nobody else was mentioned. They even went out of their way to stress him being Palestinian. https://www.ruv.is/frettir/innlent/2024-01-24-palestinumadurinn-murad-keppir-i-songvakeppninni-403313

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Oh, thanks. Never heard of him, but I just listened to his latest song. Not bad. He seems to be a living answer to that propaganda video aimed at LGBT people you mentioned a while ago.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Conchita-esque, so I can believe he is a genuine fan of the contest. Timing, though.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Do you think that warrants the Icelandic broadcaster’s behavior, though? Because to me, that also looks like the golden propaganda treatment. There are supposed to ten artists competing, but apparently, only one has the desired label RUV seems to be going for. I’m speechless.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

*supposed to be

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

The article you gave says all acts and songs will be unveiled on Saturday. He’s just had a tiny head start over the others by having his name mentioned, and that could just be because there would understandably be interest in it. Maybe we don’t even have all the details yet, I wouldn’t be surprised if it is a collaboration with Hatari. That would probably get around the residency rules. You could be totally right, but I will reserve my judgement… for now. Chances are that,yes, it is totally using the contest as a political platform.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

But I don’t think we’ve ever had one named announced before the official reveal of all the Icelandic entries. That’s a change of pace.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

I don’t count this as an “announcement”. Just a news report. He was spotted filming an interview with the host of the contest, so curious reporters inquired. The producer of the final declined to comment.

Roy Moreno
Roy Moreno
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Boycotting the contest isn’t rare or brave. Countries did so in 1970 for example, after the tie of 1969. Your opinions regarding Israel and the Jews, however, are antisemitic, and not because you have critisicm, which is legitimate, but because you treat us as something different. As if we really just think we’re better than anyone and killing whoever we want. Also, Israel is not just Jews. Go look at all the Muslim Arabs, mourning over their dead family members who died protecting Israel as soldiers! Or those who were murdered on October 7th! I can’t with people anymore… If… Read more »

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

You’ve got some nerve saying that, considering your country actually collaborated with the Nazis to exterminate nearly the entire Jewish population in Lithuania, to the point I think there are more Jews of Lithuanian descent outside Lithuania today than within the country itself.

Devito
Devito
2 months ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

Some say Lithuania was once one of the largest countries in Europe, thus being an occupier of the majority of Balts and Slavs. Some even dare to say the Roman Empire was once fighting for most of the lands in the Medditerean region. You see, the thing is, smart people learn from the past; idiots are meant to repeat it. For all we know, a huge portion of the Jewish population in Lithuania collaborated with the Soviets in making a list of Lithuanians who have to be genocided (as in, deported to Siberia as you go). And a huge portion… Read more »

Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Respect? Just so you know, Iceland is putting big bets on THEMSELVES, just like Malta did back in 2021. Not voting for cheaters!

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Emily

How do you know that’s the case? It could be like Israel getting to the top of the odds because of politics and the same could be happening here with Iceland.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Because no random better places such massive bets on a country that isn’t even sure yet if it’s going to participate this year. Way too early. You don’t jump all of a sudden from 18th place to 2nd (soon 1st) just for mentioning a possible representive. Especially coming from a country that doesn’t have a good track record. We’ve seen it before, with Destiny. The Malta team created the hype themselves by doing the same thing. It was fake hype. Israel is a different case. The betters assume it’s the Ukraine effect. Yes, political, but not quite the same. Besides,… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Emily

Gamblers are just that, gamblers. There doesn’t need to be any reason to it, some are even attracted by long odds because the prize will be bigger. Odds are stupid and count for nothing.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Which is why I put it into context. The timing is sus and the reason is too weak for such jump, especially for a weak country. Placing such high bets (plural, meaning several betters who’ve taken that risk at the same time) on this is far fetched. Iceland is desperate, ever since the EBU announced that they’re not gonna ban Israel. They’re obviously playing dirty, and honestly it’s getting pathetic. But I agree that odds are stupid and count for nothing. Except when they create hype. Hype gets you far. Hopefully when the time for voting comes Iceland will get… Read more »

Sun
Sun
2 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Agree with you. I find it totally disgusting that someone could justify the murder of more than 10,000 children. Ladies and gentlemen, that can never be justified. It is depressing to see how one country makes another suffer the same way it suffered years ago. Build an artificial island to expel the Palestinians there like a concentration camp? Committing the same atrocities. History will speak.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Wait so actually more voted ‘for’? So the absentions were the only thing stopping Romania from participating?

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

It needs to be unanimous, so all 13 must’ve voted

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

in favour*

MissYou_MrTakeItAway
MissYou_MrTakeItAway
2 months ago

I agree with many here saying that EBU should start cutting down some irrelevant stuff. I am worried about Eurovision becoming an elite party. Everyone is going “sustainable”, so why doesn’t ESC? It would be great to see Bulgaria, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Andorra, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Romania back someday.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago

This screams huge loss. ? If I find out Theodor was forced to retire from music, I’ll be so pissed, because record labels shouldn’t forbid singers and bands to release new music. Remember what happened with Kesha a few years ago?

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

I hate that record labels treat their most of their acts that way. It shouldn’t be so bc their acts are their clients.
I suspect Theodor was forced to retire and it’s such a shame that he won’t have a chance to redeem his career anymore 🙁

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
2 months ago

It’s sad. No matter how you feel about TVR and the approach it has taken to Eurovision in recent years, it’s always sad when a country drops out. I think the EBU seriously has to think about its strategies when finances are apparently becoming problematic for so many of its members.

Noam600
Noam600
2 months ago

Now Iceland, Norway and Ireland needs to withdraw… unless they are hypocrites 🙂
How can they sings in the same stage with Israel (“The bad guys” apparently..)

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

Iceland, Norway, and Ireland? The Eurovision Song Contest is very important to those three countries. Furthermore, supporting Palestine gets you nowhere.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

They can if they send Hatari.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 months ago
Reply to  Noam600

ICJ decision tomorrow, boo

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Elizabeth

What if the decision doesn’t go the way you want it? Be prepared for anything.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago

It was the best decision TVR could take tbf, thought their statement comes off as a bad joke. However, this makes me question EBU’s current way of handling the contest and makes me concerned about where the contest’s heading. Feels like 2020/2021 was a mirage.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago

To be honest, I saw this coming. If they weren’t on the initial list, I had a feeling Romania was never going to be participating in 2024. Probably for the best, considering their disastrous result last year.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

and Theodor won’t be allowed to release any more new music from now on

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Why not? Is TVR forcing Theodor to retire from music and move on to a different life? He can always try his hand at acting in a TV episode or a movie. Maybe participate in the Romanian dub for non-Romanian visual media?

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

Honestly though, the statement “the desire to represent Romania at a high level“ is hilarious. Where was this desire last year? lol

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

easy, to write criticism behind a screen

sad little loser

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

You’re not obliged to oppose every comment on the site

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

enjoy your plastic ”songs” in this years plasticvision then

My AI, Breskvica, Baby Lasagna troll, the losers Alyona & Jerry

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Bruh, I’m not comfortable with the direction the contest is heading to either, but that doesn’t entitle you to bash everything and everyone on this site

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

I think it’s schizophrenia tbh.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

i used to really love ESC, but now not so much anymore, with all that political drama, making it more expensive so some of my fave countries cannot take part anymore, putting too high debts on one country (Bosnia), everything so plastic in terms of the entries, all about who got the weirdest act nowadays, a shadow of its former self

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

Or bipolar disorder. Wouldn’t be surprised if either turn out to be the case, anyways

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

That part sounds like a hopeful note for the future… if I interpreted this correctly.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
2 months ago

Bye Bye to Eurovision from me for this year then

Jonny
Jonny
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Is that a promise? Cause nobody likes you here.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Seriously? You should regain interest or else I’ll make reloving something you dislike a fate.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago

Not sad. Seems more like a really terrible and corrupt broadcaster to me and less the EBU’s fault. Even so, the contest is heading towards a very questionable future and I don’t have much faith that it’s getting better anytime soon if people like the Norwegian autotune guy have any power. The costs are a problem if they keep core European countries like North Macedonia and Montenegro away but the creative decisions and voting rules are much more worrisome to me.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

X2, the creative decisions and voting rules (and how inconsistent their application is) are k!ll!ng the contest’s essence

Icy Pampella
Icy Pampella
2 months ago

The last two years I am really questioning where this contest is heading. I have read comments by people stating the unnecessity of the cost of production, which prevents countries from participating but also scares countries to send winning acts because they are expected to host the contest. I love the fact that Eurovision has become so big from the late ’90 onwards and I understand this is a televised competition. However, I really question the cost of production as far when considering this is a SONG contest. Downsize the contest for the sake of having more countries participating. This… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Icy Pampella

Hear, hear!

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Icy Pampella

Should everybody also be forced to wear suits and sing ballads too like they used to?
What about artistry and creativity? Is ESC not a place for that? What if someone has a brand new idea he wants to try out? Should they stifle their artistic vision and be told you can’t do this because so and so can’t afford it?

Icy Pampella
Icy Pampella
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Italy’s Sanremo is literally thé example of a diverse SONG festival (song and genre wise). Ain’t no artist competing that is being restricted. They enter this festival with a vision, that goes beyond the competition. Its merit is huge on the song itself instead of staging and this would be my ideal vision for ESC. Less about staging more about the song, which doesn’t mean that a Kaarija would score less points with the public than a Loreen in such format.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Icy Pampella

And Sanremo also has beautiful and spectacular stages, even with a whole orchestra to make space for. It’s a brilliant combination of show and music.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Artistry and creativity should not, and need not, be reliant on a big budget.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Icy Pampella

The stage in Liverpool was plenty small. I don’t think that’s where costs should be cut. It’s like the best thing about Eurovision these days. When songs suck, voting sucks, at least there’s one shiny object left.

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Icy Pampella

I remember someone even proposing to install screens in cities throughout Europe for fans across the continent to watch it instead of doing it in a big arena

Nils
Nils
2 months ago

Another bad day for Eurovision. The EBU really needs some cost-cutting measures for 2025. Most of South Eastern Europe is Missing at this point.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Abolish all unnecessary offscreen extras. Bye bye, opening ceremony. Cut down costs, and carbon footprint, by not flying out acts and crew to film postcards in the host country. Stop putting so much importance on high cost staging.

What else…?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

I nearly forgot the best one. Abolish the unnecessary and unwatched Junior contest.

Ari
Ari
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

i wonder why they are so determined to keep it. It never took off anyway. It’s been on life support since it started.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ari

It only survives off the “brand”recognition of the proper contest. I could tolerate it better if it was actually beneficial in supporting creativity in children… but it’s really not. At this stage, children are really just props in a light entertainment show for adults. Sad. Time for the guillotine.

John
John
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

That would be seen as a roll-back of the ESC phenomena. Instead they should just allow commercial broadcasters to participate (not just public gov’t funded ones). They will sell advertising against the show and have large budgets.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  John

It’s the flagship event for a union of public broadcasters, so to me, that would be completely against their ethos and whole reason for existing.

John
John
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Maybe so — but it’s probably inevitable. Because of the internet and new streaming options all public broadcasters will be losing more and more money over time. Eventually (especially in tough economic time) governments will just defund them or will have to charge high fees. So the idea of the contest will need to change anyway.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  John

You could be right. Personally, I’d rather it go back to 1956 levels of production than have it “sell out” completely beyond recognition.

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Problem is public service is being discussed with more and more governments either giving them less money or wanting to tighten them up and re focus. Entertainmnent shows are often the first ones to be let go. So eventually ESC will have to be commercial in order to survive

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

All the more reason to produce the show as “arts and culture” instead of “entertainment”… one has substance and educational value, the other is just fluff. The reality TV talent show mindset needs to go.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

All of the above plus: It doesn’t always need to one-up last’s year editions in terms of technical fairy dust. Sure, having no LED screen in Lissabon wasn’t great. But do we always need a LED backdrop, LED floor, LED everything? I’d rather have 40+ countries again.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

* last year’s edition

Roy
Roy
2 months ago

Now I want Iceland, Ireland, Norway and Finland to withdraw.. thanks!

John
John
2 months ago

Excellent. Use the time out to replace the delegation team so what happened to Theodor doesn’t happen to anyone else. Artists should be allowed input into their creative projects.

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago

The contest needs a shake up next year. Any act or corporation that mentions or implicates in any political means will be thrown out.
Iceland will be favourite to win by tonight it seems from 18th place to first because of threatening to leave. This contest is NO LONGER about songs. It’s a narrative and has been now for the last three years.
If Iceland win without a note been sung then serious actions are needed by the EBU fast regarding any political situations in this contest

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Don’t worry, Iceland isn’t going to win. Unless they have a song that’s worthy of winning, that is.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

I just hope Iceland doesn’t pull a Georgia 2009.

Emily
Emily
2 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Nah, they’re gonna pull Malta 2021. They’re putting bets on themselves, that’s the real reason they jumped so high so fast. Random betters are not stupid enough to place big bets on a country that isn’t even sure yet whether they’re going to withdraw or not. Iceland is playing dirty and do not deserve to win no matter the song the send (assuming they don’t withdraw).

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Nils

Unless they send Hatari.

beccaboo1212
beccaboo1212
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

For your information, ESC is still about songs, even if the last three years were a downward spiral.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

Israel was first in the odds at the start of the year!

Itchymonkey
Itchymonkey
2 months ago

Yes a political first Israel was. Now Iceland a political second. It’s not music it’s politics constantly

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Itchymonkey

365 days ago, a lot of people on here said that Ukraine would win over and over again for political reasons. Now we’re going to Malmö instead.

Marcin
Marcin
2 months ago

Predictable, expect this trend to continue. At this rate, ESC will once again become a one night show, or we will go back to having one big semi-final like in 2004-2007. You asked for this.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

Wouldn’t that be concerning that more and more countries are leaving the contest because of financial reasons lately?

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Alex

That is something that should be addressed in the future, probably after this year‘s contest is over.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Badwoolfgirl

Right, it’s not always been like that. Even SVT complained about it last year.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

I think it is sad, but also… they are cheaters who treat their acts like dirt, so not too sad.

Denis
Denis
2 months ago

You know, they could have said so months ago….
Kind of rude to keep telling the host ” we might join your party and we might not join it”. Especially at this stage where preparations are way ahead!

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

SVT deserved it anyways

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Yuarith

When you have absolutely nothing to add to the debate but still decides to open your troll mouth, this is the outcome

Yuarith
Yuarith
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Ok SVT enabler

Dee
Dee
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I don’t blame them… it was the EBU who in the 1st place decided to extend the deadline for so long, so it’s their own fault. How is it rude when the organiser is trying to get more $ out of it by having 1 extra participant and willingly extends a past deadline?

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Dee

They had months to say we are not taking part. It’s not that difficult of a choice. You either take part or you don”t

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago

Sad news. Anyone claiming budget issues could just pull a San Marino and participate by sending someone who can self-fund… and Romania is full of great artists who could do this.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
2 months ago

As i said previously if the entry was to be of the same standard as the one entered in 2023 they have saved very well by not entering this years Eurovision.