At a press conference in Chisinau today, Eduard Romanyuta announced that he and his team would cover the financial costs of Moldova’s participation at the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, including travel expenses for the entire team and a promotional tour.
The Ukrainian singer also thanked the Moldovan public for choosing him as their representative and for “building a spiritual bridge” between Chisinau and Kyiv. Eduard Romanyuta, who won Moldova’s national selection O melodie pentru Europa with “I Want Your Love”, will open the first semi-final. The singer said that he was honoured about being picked to perform first at the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest, noting that he was also drawn first at the first semi-final in Moldova, which proved to be a good omen for him eventually.
The Ukrainian singer also announced that the promotion tour, which he would pay for as well, will include Eurovision in Concert in the Netherlands, the London Eurovision Party in the UK, as well as TV appearances in Armenia, Georgia and the Baltic countries.
The 22-year old singer, who is reportedly a millionaire, understands that Moldova lacks the financial resources for a successful show and is ready to dish out cash to this end. At the time being, it is unclear how much Eduard Romanyuta is willing to pay.
The singer also admitted that no Moldovan artist congratulated him for winning the national selection. “I received no message after the final. They don’t know how to lose,” he added, hinting at the outcry following his victory, when his fellow contestants accused him of buying jury votes and rigging the televoting.
Yesterday, the singer shot the first part of the postcard in Chisinau. As other contestants, he “received” a relatively big package on “his” doorstep.
He was also seen on the streets of the Moldovan capital at the wheel of a baby blue vintage Pobeda car.
Asked by the journalists at the press conferences about his chances of qualifying for the Grand Final of Eurovision 2015, Eduard Romanyuta said that he not only hoped to qualify, but also win the entire thing with “I Want Your Love” and bring the contest to Moldova.
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Photos: Rodion Gustiuc (TRM)