Last week, a demo version of Paula Seling and Ovi’s “Miracle” leaked on YouTube and was promptly deleted, but now the real deal has arrived. Today, Paula and Ovi have finally released the full and complete version of their song for Romania’s Selectia Nationala. And it sounds triumphant—for Romania, at least.
The pair, who finished third with “Playing With Fire” in Oslo in 2010, seems to have struck gold yet again with “Miracle”. The spectacular track, which sounds like it’s been produced by the likes of Avicii or Swedish House Mafia, surpasses the expectations set by the teaser and has all the right ingredients for a Eurovision hit. The simple lyrics, the infectious beats and Paula’s jaw-dropping 18-second high note, come together to pander to a lot of Eurovision aficionados’ taste, at least judging by the overwhelmingly positive reaction among fans when the demo leaked. Songwriter Ovi Jacobsen knows what he’s doing and a “Miracle” is, perhaps, what Romania needs in order to finally win the Eurovision trophy.
Mind you, the same qualities may be quoted as faults by other Eurovision fans, who could object to the use of yet another tried and tested dance recipe for Eurovision, instead of something original or with national elements. Once again, for instance, Romania aims high with an English language song largely produced by a Scandinavian team. Not to mention that Paula and Ovi are returnees, and returning artists are not usually successful in Eurovision, with a few notable exceptions. Nevertheless, we have a feeling that “Miracle”, just like “Playing With Fire” in Oslo, could look and sound like a winner in Copenhagen.
Until then, however, the duo has to win Selectia Nationala, Romania’s own national contest, and its submission window was opened just today. Paula Seling and Ovi will unquestionably advance to its Final on the 1st of March, but will they win? So far, Stefan Stan and TeddyK seem set on beating the returnees, and we hear that their song “Breathe” is also amazing. Plus, it wouldn’t be the first time that Romania’s hot favorites lose in Selectia Nationala… Only time will tell.
What do you think about “Miracle”? Is it better than “Playing With Fire”? And what are its chances to win it all in Romania and then in Denmark?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com.
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Photo: Daniel Kruczynski.