Did voting issues cost Romania a spot in the final?

First non-qualification

This year’s Eurovision ended the 100% qualification records for three countries: Azerbaijan, Russia and Romania. However, Romania’s broadcaster TVR claims that voting issues are behind their non-qualification.
In a statement reported by, TVR noted that:

“During the 15 minutes allocated to the voting session, many Romanians from abroad complained of technical failures to the telephone system. Messages came from countries with important Romanian communities, such as Germany and Italy, where the problems of telephone operators have struck the opportunity to vote our representatives in the contest. Thus, in Italy, three of the national networks did not operate that night, and in Germany the subscribers of one of the major telephony operators were unable to send the votes” 

Happy to have represented Romania

The group “The Humans” flew the Romanian flag in Lisbon. The group, formed in 2017 did not comment on the voting issues. However, the did express pride in having represented the country despite the disappointing results, saying:

“We believed in our chance until the end and we gave everything to Romania tonight. Unfortunately, the result was different from the one we expected, but we are happy to have represented the country on the Eurovision stage” 

Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest

Romania first participated in Eurovision back in 1994 with Dan Bittman, who finished 21st.Prior to 2018, Romania had qualified every year from the semi-finals, excluding when they were forced to withdraw in 2016. Their best result to date is two third places in 2005 and 2010.

Do you think Romania deserved to qualify? Did you enjoy The Humans performance in Lisbon? 
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