Forget the jury! Romanian broadcaster TVR gave viewers the final say in choosing the winner of Selectia Nationala this evening during the final. This made the contest open for all six finalists, but there could only be one winner, and it was Ovidiu Anton with “Moment of Silence”.
His dramatic performance seemed to meld rock and musical theatre with a healthy dose of eccentricity. Ovidiu and four backing vocalists looked like musical warriors in period costume. They stood in a sea of smoke while a dancer — wielding a sword and flashing his abs — spun around the stage serving some Romanian swashbuckling realness. It’s an interesting if divisive performance — and one that clearly won over the Romanian people.
“Moment of Silence” finished second in our flash poll with 28% of the vote, and eighth with the Wiwi Jury. The song had qualified for the final by being one of the jury’s picks in the semi-final, scoring 54 out of a possible 60 points from the jury. The Romanian public were just as enthusiastic, giving it a total of 6,585 votes, putting Ovidiu well ahead of the second placed Vanotek feat. The Code & Georgian.
Ovidiu Anton’s performance had been the favourite of the expert jury on Friday, and his winning the televote proved once again that the winner does take it all.
During the hour-long televoting period, national jury members Zoli Toth, Cezar Ouatu, Randi and Horia Moculescu provided some spectacular moments, culminating with Cezar’s rendition of “Rise Like A Phoenix”. At the end of performing Conchita’s winning song, Cezar Oautu urged the Romanian public to embrace good music regardless of one’s sexual orientation and professed his love for Conchita Wurst. It was an epic Eurovision moment and we would love to see a Cezar-Conchita duet now!
Before the winner was announced, Moldovan representative Lidia Isac performed her winning song “Falling Stars”, and she looked and sounded even better than at the national selection in Chisinau.
What do you think about the show and the results? Did you like Ovidiu’s song and performance? What about Romania’s chances in Stockholm? Let us know in the comments below!