Earlier this month, the Romanian government announced that it would eventually bail out the impoverished TVR, effectively paving the way for Romania’s return to Eurovision next year after the broadcaster was expelled from the EBU this spring. Asked about a possible return, Ovidiu Anton said that he doesn’t want to hear about Eurovision ever again and that the guilty party will have to pay for the way he was treated.
Despite many Eurofans’ early calls for TVR to internally select Ovidiu Anton if Romania returns in 2017, the singer dashed everyone’s hopes in an interview for ring magazine.
I am not interested to associate my name with the EBU or Eurovision. The injustice that they did to me makes it impossible to associate my name with the Eurovision brand ever again. They proved that they do not treasure music, but only money. […] My Eurovision adventure ended with that ugly gesture. […] Someone has to pay, but not by selling my presence there. I earned my place [in the competition] this year and the damage that they did to me cannot be repaired with selling my participation.
Ovidiu acknowledged however that he is yet to sue anyone, as he has been busy working. The rock singer also announced that his team is about to start shooting the video for his Selectia Nationala 2016 winning song “Moment Of Silence” and that he is also working on a follow-up single, to be released in the autumn.
The Government is yet to pay off its debt of 17-million Swiss francs to the EBU, but it has vowed to do so before the Rio Olympics in August, so that TVR can broadcast the event.
What do you think about Ovidiu’s decision to give Eurovision the cold shoulder? Is it a mistake or simply the right thing to do, after all that he’s been put through? And who should pay for the fact that he was denied the right to perform in Stockholm? Sound off below!