Last year the EBU expelled Romania from Eurovision 2016 over unpaid debts — and just weeks before the contest.
Now, with Romania’s TVR set to return to the 2017 edition in Kyiv, Ovidiu Anton — the Eurovision singer who didn’t get to sing at Eurovision — is finally getting his moment in the sun.
Yes, Ovidiu — who was axed from the contest while on the promotional tour — is back! And this time he’s not flying solo. He and his new band, which he’s so modestly named ANTON, will perform “A Moment of Silence” — Ovidiu’s entry from last year — and the band’s latest single during the semi-final of Romania’s national selection on February 26.
“I’m so pleased to be performing at Selectia Nationala with my new band,” Ovidiu said in a press release issued today.
“We’re doing this for Eurovision fans worldwide, and for all my fellow Romanians who supported me and were with me. We’ll be playing my entry from last year and also some new songs I’ve been working on”.
This is quite the turnaround for Ovidiu, since his dismissal from Eurovision last year left him understandably furious.
As he said at the time:
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.
Luckily for us, it seems that Ovidiu has thawed over the past year and has made peace with the contest. The Eurovision world was truly robbed of a great performer last year, and Stockholm would’ve been a lot different if Ovidiu had been there.
In other news, TVR has decided to try a new approach this year. After they are validated, all the candidates will perform their songs in front of the five-member jury and the public between 25-27 January. The auditions will be recorded and afterwards aired on TVR as a standalone show called Euroshow. Fifteen songs will be selected by the jury for the live semi-final, scheduled for 26 February. Ten songs will advance to the National Final based on 100% jury votes. The winner will be decided based on 100% televote at the National Final on 5 March.