Liana Stanciu, the Romanian head of delegation, announced today that the country’s government is supporting Paula Seling and Ovi’s “Miracle” bid at Eurovision. This is the first time that the government has provided contestants with Romanian lei to help them go forth and conquer.
Paula and Ovi are now considered Romania’s musical ambassadors to Denmark and it is only natural that their attempt to bring the Eurovision trophy to Bucharest should be backed by the authorities at home. A spokesperson has revealed that the Government is pumping the equivalent of 50,000 Euro in Paula and Ovi’s show. “I would like to thank the government, who is supporting a Romanian Eurovision act for the first time,” Ms Stanciu told ziarulring.ro. “It is a question of national image and, while it is not a large sum of money, it’s amazing that we have their support. The fact that we are backed by the authorities at home means that this year we have interesting premises for winning. In a short span of time, the EBU and the Danish authorities converted an old hangar into a concert venue. Romania can do this, too, if we win the Eurovision,” she added.
The Romanian head of delegation is also excited by the fact that “Miracle” will be performed last in its semi-final, moments before hosts will say, “Europe, start voting!”
Paula and Ovi, who are currently promoting their song in Europe and recording an album of duets at the same time, are also busy preparing for their spectacular show in Copenhagen. At the same time, they are ready to open a limited “Miracle” clothes line – and we can’t wait to see what they have in, well, store.
The two have also filmed their postcard for Eurovision, which promises to be breathtaking. It was shot by a lake in a Bucharest park, both during the day and during the night, and there is a rumour that sparks will fly – and that’s all that we managed to hear. A video is also in the works and will be shot as soon as the pair finishes their European tour, to be released just before the pair departs for Copenhagen.
While in Amsterdam last weekend the two also performed an impromptu jazz version of “Miracle” for the press. Love it!
They will also be present at the London Eurovision Party this weekend and we are looking forward to meeting and greeting them!
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.