Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu from the Romanian duo Paula & Ovi is thinking about returning to the Eurovision Song Contest in 2018.
The Romanian-Norwegian singer-songwriter Ovi has told Revista Avantaje that he is interested in taking part in Eurovision once more, calling the contest his soul project and something that he desires to win first place in. He revealed having thoughts about Eurovision specifically in relation to 2018.
He does not exclude the prospect of participating with his previous duet partner Paula Seling. The two have worked together on both Eurovision projects as well as releasing music outside the contest. They are seen as a brand together in the competition, according to Ovi. Whilst he still points out that both of them would have to feel very strongly about the song and the selected moment to take part.
Neither does Ovi exclude the possibility of representing any other country than Romania. He named his adoptive country Norway as one of the options. Possibly hinting an interest in taking part in Melodi Grand Prix once more.
Ovi first rose to fame with his participation in the Norwegian national selection Melodi Grand Prix.
In Melodi Grand Prix 2006 he participated with the songs “The Better Side of Me”, but failed to pass through to the Final. In the 2009 edition, he made it to the Final with the song “Seven Seconds”. In Melodi Grand Prix 2012 Ovi participated as a songwriter of “High on Love” which qualified to the Final.
Ovidiu has participated in Eurovision twice, representing Romania together with Paula Seling on both occasions. First time in 2010 with the song “Playing with Fire” where they brought Romania its joint best result by finishing third. The duo then made their return to Eurovision in 2014 together with the song “Miracle” which came in 12th place in the Final.