All hope is not lost for Ovidiu Anton, Romania’s representative who got booted from of the Eurovision Song Contest this year. Leading private TV station ProTV has announced in a press conference this morning that they sent an open letter to the EBU, asking the broadcasting union to reconsider the decision to expel Romania from the contest.
ProTV CEO Alexandras Cesnavicius and singer Ovidiu Anton held a press conference this morning, announcing their joint efforts to find a solution so that Romania should participate in Eurovision this year.
Despite the fact that ProTV is not a member of the EBU and that the stage of preparations for this year’s contest is very advanced, with the rehearsals set to kick off in less than a week, the TV station submitted an open letter to Ingrid Deltenre, General Director of the European Broadcasting Union, asking her institution to reconsider its decision, allowing ProTV to air the show for the Romanian viewers and support Ovidiu’s participation.
The Romanian viewers chose Ovidiu Anton to represent their country in Stockholm, and his performance was highly anticipated by the entire population. “Moment of Silence” speaks about the importance of a fair and impartial political system, a current issue that is present in Romanians’ fight against corruption. The exclusion from the competition in Stockholm, for reasons not related to Ovidiu Anton or with Romania’s participation in general, is a big disappointment for Ovidiu and his supporters, after all his efforts to reach this stage.
ProTV is ready to offer Romanians and Ovidiu the possibility to be part of this European contest. We are calling on you to find together a fast and practical solution to support Ovidiu’s participation in the event in Stockholm and to continue the Eurovision tradition in Romania.
The channel also launched an online petition asking for Romanians’ support for this cause. Within hours, ore than 3,000 people had signed it.
Although it is unlikely at this stage that the EBU would budge, especially taking into account that ProTV is not a member of the broadcasting union, this development has fired up the Romanian Eurovision fans’ hopes that their country could be allowed back into the contest.
Earlier this week, Ovidiu Anton turned down Moldova’s offer to have him perform “Falling Stars” as a duet with Lidia Isac. Last week, he said that he was considering legal action for damages brought to his image.
What do you think? Should the EBU make an exception and allow Ovidiu and Romania back into the contest, backed by ProTV? Or is it too late?
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