Contradicting previous rumors, broadcaster TVR has officially confirmed today that Romania will be present in Copenhagen for the 59th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.
At this time, no announcement has been made regarding the budget (just that it would be decided on 13 December 2013), nor whether TVR will organize, as usual, a Selectia Nationala, or it will opt for a cheaper, internal selection. For 2013, the budget was 230,000 euros and the end result obtained by Cezar Ouatu with “It’s My Life” (13th place in Malmo) was deemed, by many, not worthy of the financial effort. Therefore, there is some speculation that TVR might choose the artist internally for 2014.
If so, the artist who will represent Romania could be Ovi, who has announced that he wrote “a winning song” that is going to be a duet, like his 2010 Eurovision hit “Playing With Fire”. Ovi has not specified who would perform (presumably) alongside him, but he did promise to release a snippet of the song over the weekend, so perhaps then we will have a clue then. Our bet? Why, Paula Seling, of course! She was spotted with him in a studio over the summer and nothing has transpired yet, so that must be it. #fingerscrossed
All in all, regardless of whether the artist will be selected internally or we’ll have a new Selectia Nationala in 2014, this is excellent news for the fans (and artists!) of Romania after the scare that they had earlier in the week.
Who would you like to see on the ESC stage in Copenhagen representing Romania?
Update: Claudiu Saftoiu, the president of TVR, stated in an interview for Romanian news agency Mediafax that the board of the broadcaster may still decide to withdraw the country from Eurovision without a fine, if they determine that the participation costs are too high. The board will meet on the 26th of November to discuss whether Romania should indeed be present in Copenhagen, the budget, and the method of selecting the artist. A final decision will be announced publicly on 12 December. However, the TVR boss expressed his hope that board will approve Romania’s participation, which is a good sign.
New information has been emerging about Ovi’s song as well. The track’s title is “Miracle” and the other vocals belong to… You’ll never guess. Paula Seling!
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision.