Last night, the Romanian city of Iasi hosted a “Eurovision Show” within a larger festival aimed to support the Moldavian city’s bid to become European Capital of Culture in 2021. Paula Seling and Ovi (Romania 2010 and 2014), Alexander Rybak from Norway (winner of Eurovision 2009) and Ruslana from Ukraine (winner of Eurovision 2004) took to the stage during the free concert in the city centre.
Paula and Ovi opened the show amid a lukewarm reception due to the unrepentant rain and unseasonably cold temperatures, but quickly warmed up the crowd. They performed many of their hits, but also new songs from Ovi’s new album. They ended their concert with “Miracle” and “Playing With Fire”.
Alexander Rybak took to the stage (at the 59:00 mark) and delighted the growing audience with many of his hits, including his latest song “Into A Fantasy”, included on the soundtrack of the Dreamworks animation film “How To Train Your Dragon 2”. Predictably, he ended his show with the Eurovision 2009 winning song “Fairytale”.
Ukrainian Eurovision veteran Ruslana followed (at the 01:39:30 mark) and, contrary to her predecessors, opened her recital with her winning song “Wild Dances”. Despite this, she managed to keep the audience on their toes, with a vibrant performance of her song, which she chose to end with her 2013 hit “This Is Euphoria”.
The event was live streamed on YouTube but you can view it above at your leisure. Mind you, you’ll need to turn up your speakers, because the sound is quite low.