Artist Profile

Ovi Jacobsen

Artist Profile


Ovi Jacobsen

Ovi Jacobson was born in Romania but moved to Norway in 1995. He rose to fame in Norway in 2006 after taking part in Melodi Grand Prix, the Norwegian national final. He made it to the final of Melodi Grand Prix 2009 with the song “Seven Seconds”. He returned to Melodi Grand Prix as a songwriter in 2012, penning “High on Love” by Reidun Sæther.

In 2010, he represented his birth country of Romania alongside Paula Seling in the Eurovision Song Contest in Norway, Ovi’s adopted homeland. The duo finished third with the song “Playing With Fire”, equaling Romania’s best result in history.

Following their participation in Eurovision, Ovi and Paula released a duet album also titled “Playing With Fire”. They represented Romania again in 2014 with “Miracle”, finishing twelfth in the final. | Find out more about this artist and others like them at

Eurojury is the flagship broadcast of Showcase, celebrating the music of the Eurovision Song Contest with juries of up to 180 entertainment industry professionals. Rob Lilley has hosted the televised event since the fourth edition in 2016, succeeding Josh Dubovie and Linda Martin during the show's time as a radio broadcast. Eurojury is known for producing an accurate simulation of the results likely to be seen at the Eurovision Song Contest in May and is often used by bookmakers and broadcasters as a guide and prediction of the grand final result.

Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest

Romania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the country had tried to participate in 1993 but failed to get through the pre-qualifying round. At the 1994 contest Dan Bittman finished 21st in the final scoring 14 points, Romania didn’t make it through to another final until 1998. Romania’s best results in the contest are two third place finishes. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem finished 3rd scoring 158 points, while Paula Seling & Ovi finished 3rd in Oslo with the song “Playing with Fire”. Romania missed the 2016 contest due to TVR being removed from the EBU. | Find out more about this artist and others like them at

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