BUCHAREST, ROMANIA – Romania’s leading commercial television station PRO TV, has joined forces with Ovidiu Anton, who was to represent the country prior to its disqualification from the Eurovision Song Contest. The network has written to the EBU pleading for the institution to reconsider its decision and explore possibilities for Ovidiu to take part in the show in Stockholm and to bring the Eurovision Song Contest to the Romanian people through PRO TV. However, the network is not a member of the EBU.
In the letter, the network noted, “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”, PRO TV said. It added, “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”.
DID YOU KNOW?
Romania was recently disqualified from the Eurovision Song Contest after its national broadcaster TVR failed to pay its outstanding debt to the EBU. Singer Ovidiu Anton, who was selected to represent the country, turned down an offer from Moldova last week to have him perform the country’s entry “Falling Stars” as a duet with Lidia Isac. Ovidiu is considering legal action for damages brought upon his image.