Paula Seling and Ovi stormed to victory in Brasov, winning Selectia Nationala with “Miracle” and getting the chance to represent Romania once again. Four years ago, the Romanian duo finished third in Oslo with “Playing With Fire”.
Paula and Ovi’s performance was the one to beat. It featured groundbreaking hologram technology that stole the show from the very start. Paula Seling’s 18-second high note was received with a tsunami of applause by the audience, and Ovi didn’t sound half bad himself. Some impressive performances followed, but none managed to rise to Paula and Ovi’s level of Eurovision extravaganza.
Despite the fact that Vaida won the televote by a huge margin (close to 5,000 votes over Paula and Ovi, who were in second place), following a controversial promotional campaign that saw her team offering watches and livestream subscriptions for votes, the jury chairman came and saved the day, bluntly announcing that “Miracle” won the overall vote. It was later revealed that, overall, Paula Seling and Ovi were first, followed by Vaida, Vizi Imre, and Anca Florescu.
An awkward moment happened when a jury member fell from the stage, shocking the audience and the artists alike. She appeared to have broken a leg, but she is fine, and she did bring good luck to Paula and Ovi. Who then promptly broke the glass trophy, but as the Romanian saying goes, “shards bring good luck”, so hopefully this is a good omen for them. Anyway, as Paula confessed later, they broke the trophy in 2010 as well, so it certainly doesn’t mean bad news.
Are you happy that “Miracle” won? And what are Paula and Ovi’s chances to better their Eurovision record?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision. You can also keep up-to-date with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following the team on Twitter @wiwibloggs and by liking our Facebook page.
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