Body of a woman, soul of a child, heart of a lion — she is Bella Santiago. And she’s ready to unleash her “Army of Love” on the good people of Romania during tonight’s Selectia Nationala semi-final.
The Filipina beauty originally missed the submission deadline for Romania’s Eurovision selection, but got a reprieve from officials.
“I didn’t get the time to give my song in the moment they asked for all the songs,” she tells me on Skype. “But then after X-Factor they said do not be sad because there is a wildcard.”
Following the addition of two wildcards, M I H A I withdrew from the contest and suggested that TVR was playing dirty. But Bella says ten songs applied and two made it, so there’s really no drama.
She says: “I think it’s fair because it’s in the regulations.”
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And what can we expect from her on stage tonight? Plenty of good vibes.
“It’s a song to which you can dance, you can put in the car, you can sing on it because it has simple words and is easy to remember.”
“Yesterday we made the choreography with the boys and it came out very nice. I cannot wait to show it to the people.”
She’s wild and crazy on stage. Is Bella like that in real life?
“This is what my friends every time telling me because on stage I’m a different person. Off stage I’m a very shy person and very simple.”
On stage she’s not only a pop diva who breathes fire — she’s also a rapper.
“I put the Philippine rap on it because I wanted it to sound different. And I want to put a little touch of Filipina blood on the song.”
“It means, ‘I’m here. I get crazy. I don’t know what to do. There is a very cold night and I fell asleep. But I am still here, all of me, and I will be the army of your love.'”
Bella says the people of Romania have accepted her as one of their own — and that’s not only because she won X-Factor.
“I came here in Romania for vacation, and then I caught the audition for another contest. Luckily one of the famous music labels signed me up to be their artist. And I came back here as an artist and tried to continue my career here.”
“I am very lucky the Romanian people accepted me. And also because I am Romanian inside of me. My birthday is the birthday of Romania — December 1, 1989, which is exactly the birthday of Romania.”
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