Ovi and Paula Seling, who finished third representing Romania with “Playing With Fire” in 2010, are officially back in the Eurovision game. Last night, Ovi posted this teaser on YouTube, expressing his hope that his song is going to be the “Miracle” that would bring the Eurovision trophy to Romania, 20 years after its debut.
The song has been produced by Ovi together with the Norwegian team Beyond 51, which also was behind Stella Mwangi’s song “Haba Haba”, and promises to be a hit. That, however, depends on how Romania decides to select its entry – or, indeed, whether it will participate at all. Currently, broadcaster TVR is embroiled in a financial scandal that lead to the resignation of its president and the dissolution of the board on Wednesday. The latter was supposed to meet yesterday, to discuss the budget for Eurovision and whether to organize a national selection or to select the artist internally. Now it’s all up in the air and it’s rather unlikely that anything will be decided by the end of the year.
Nonetheless, due to the huge popularity of Eurovision among TVR viewers (which attracted huge ratings last year) and the success of the Selectia Nationala, which also got an award for best programming, we expect that TVR will continue on the same note. In this case, it will be interesting to see who Ovi and Paula will have to battle with in order to get to the stage in Copenhagen. Electric Fence, Mihai Traistariu and many others have already announced their intention to challenge the duo.
Until then, what do you think about this teaser? Is it enough to grab your attention? And are you excited about Paula and Ovi’s comeback or would you like to see some new faces representing Romania next year?
Update 18 Dec: Ovi published another teaser from “Miracle” on Facebook. From what we can gather, a (double) piano might also return to the Eurovision stage…
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.
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Photo: Alain Douit (EBU)