Romania will not participate in the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2024. The final decision was made by the public broadcaster TVR on Thursday.
The broadcaster’s management voted on the budget for this year, which included the funds necessary to participate. Five members approved the document, four abstained, and four voted against.
Therefore, TVR does not have the financial means to participate in the ESC, stating that it has other financial priorities such as the broadcast of the 2024 Paris Olympics or modernization projects in the news department, in addition to investing in a new headquarters.
With Romania not participating, the ESC 2024 will have 37 countries competing, including the return of Luxembourg. It’s worth noting that last year there was controversy, with the Romanian representative Theodor Andrei claiming that TVR demanded payment for some expenses and did not involve him in the preparation for the performance.