We’re going to Copenhagen!

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!”

Miracle t-shirtPaula 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.

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NKN
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NKN

@Erin

Thanks, but what’s mamaliga? I guess you agree with what I’ve said including about being an idiot misunderstanding an obvious article. They don’t even have money for a music video.

Erin
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Erin

You’re obviously a silly little thing with a brain full of mush and Mamaliga. Get over your filthy little twit you are.

NKN
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@Erin

If you don’t know what you’re talking about you should shut up, there were cases in Romania when the participants had to use their own money for the show, the only thing that was paid from the public budget was the scene presence which is about 10,000 Euros I think. The rest was up to the participants.

NKN
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NKN

@Erin: idiot, they’re getting support to put up a show, they receive money to buy holograms. It’s the same thing in every country, the channel that organizes for every country it’s public, so they’re using public money. Same thing in here. Get a brain.

Erin
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Erin

@Dodo – Exactly, so what’s another year? Is this really the first time the Romanian government is supporting a Eurovision bid or is it the first time a spokesperson has an urge to brag about it without seeing the irony in it? How could past Romanian entries not be supported by past Romanian governments? TVR is a public broadcaster- it’s state owned! You have no idea how laughable it sounds in 2014 when a spokesperson says in one sentence that “National Image” + “Backed by the Authorities” = “Interesting Premises for Hosting”…this is such a false equation on so many… Read more »

Dodo
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Dodo

the Romanian National television is funded with public money which comes obviously, from the government. TVR and the government are supporting Paula and Ovi, yes! so what? let’s hope that the result would be a wonderful live performance for us all to remember. If it wins or not, doesn’t matter

Erin
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Erin

Thank you for the juries (and not…the music), because no matter how much government funds, state-owned companies, private businesses and deep pockets from high society figures and industry insiders, Romania is not going to win this year – period! But don’t worry…the people who are vested in the Romanian song will triple and quadruple their income as this ‘campaign’ sustains a long food chain of people. Government can support a Eurovision bid by a reasonable sum through its culture or communications ministry budget, but shouting it out loud from the roof-tops is a very populist and cheap shot. If winning… Read more »

Julian
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Julian

@Med Don’t be mistaken. Paula & Ovi have no friends in Government. They are just very popular and Romania has now the most populist Government in last 20 years. Such support if it is confirmed never happened before. 2014 is an electoral year, May 25 elections for the European Parliament. And Eurovision is Government’s idea of an European agenda.

Med
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Med

I think that this was the main reason for their winning – having friends within the Government. Seriously, what’s wrong with them? Is the ESC so important in one’s life? Geez…

Ryan from NL
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Ryan from NL

Oh wow! I think they would have a better chance doin’ it the jazzy way. Much more standing out of the happy-dance-track-Eurovision-crowd! Well, I wish them all the best in May and they sure as hell deserve a spot in the top 10 🙂