Ester Peony will represent Romania at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv with her song “On a Sunday”. It is an emotional mid-tempo pop track with thoughtful instrumentation.

Romanian broadcaster TVR chose Ester through its annual Selecția Națională format. Over the course of two semi-finals and a grand final, 23 acts became one. On the back of its first-ever non-qualification with The Humans last year, Romania is hoping to get back on track in 2019.

As we count down to Israel, we’ve compiled 10 facts. you need to know about Ester Peony. Are you ready? Let’s do this!

1. She has a Canadian connection

Born in 1994, Ester emigrated to Canada with her parents in 2001. She only lived in the country for a few years, but it was there where the foundations of her music career were built. Aged eight, she started to study jazz singing. Coincidentally, her family lived in Montreal. Not only is it Canada’s second most populous city, but it’s also the birthplace of Greece’s Katerine Duska. However, the two ladies’ paths did not cross until they met in Bucharest last month.

2. What’s in a name?

Israeli passport control won’t be dealing with anyone called Ester Peony. While Ester is indeed her first name, Peony is completely made up. The name comes from the peony flower, which is called “bujor” in Romania. This in turn, links back to her mother’s name — Bujorica. “I wanted to make a connection. I feel close to her this way”, she told libertatea.ro. Legally,  the singer is known as Ester Alexandra Crețu.

3. She has two cats, Juicy and Grizon

In her music video, she’s joined by a fierce looking dog called Igor. But in reality, Ester is more of a cat person. She is the proud owner of two cats — Juicy and Grizon. She told our William, a fellow cat lover, that Juicy was named after the game Candy Crush while Grizon should be pronounced with a strong French accent. Juicy was a rescue cat, which she found on the street when he was no more than a month old. “They make my day more beautiful”.

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4. She’s a music graduate

Upon returning to Romania, Ester enrolled in the Dinu Lipatti school High School of Art in Pitești. She started in the piano section, transferring to the classic guitar section at 13. Then in ninth grade she swtiched again — this time to the classic singing section. In 2013, she studied jazz at the Music Interpretation Faculty in Bucharest.

5. She’s the artist formerly known as Ester

Ester’s music career began almost straight after graduation. Then she had yet to adopt her floral second name, and simply performed under her mononym Ester. She released a slew of singles, the most successful of which was 2015’s “Sub Aripa ta” with Vescan. It received widespread radio play and has racked up more than 16 million YouTube views.

6. Her Peony era began in 2018

Despite early hits, Ester parted ways with her record label. In 2018, she made the switch to Ester Peony and released her debut EP independently. The four-song record was titled Dig It. Along with the title track, it also contained “Leaving Tomorrow”, “On My Way” and “So Fine”. She also initially released “On A Sunday” independently, but signed to Cat Music after her national final win. She’s due to release her first album later this year.

7. “On A Sunday” was the very last song to be submitted to Romania’s selection

Speaking to wiwibloggs after her win, Ester revelaed that there may have been an error with the submission. Hence, how “On A Sunday” became the last song to be submitted for Selecția Națională. 2019. A pattern soon began to emerge. Depending on how you look at it, Sunday is the last and therefore the seventh day of the week. Not only was the track the last song to be entered in the process, it was performed seventh in the final. And the final was on a Sunday.

8. She’s great at covers

Much of Ester’s early fame actually came from her covers of well-known hits. She was particularly fond of the French chanteuse Indila, putting her own twist on “Derniere Danse”, “S.O.S” and “Love Story”. She also tackled “My Heart Is Refusing Me”, the first Melodifestivalen attempt from Eurovision 2012 winner Loreen. Of late, she’s focused mostly on original material. Her last cover was Post Malone’s “Rockstar” just over a year ago.

9. She writes for others

She wrote on all the tracks on her EP as well as the vocal line for “On A Sunday”. But she’s also written for others. Her credits include “Scurtmetraj” by DiezZ and Cristina Vasiu, “El si ea” by Dj Rynno feat. Sylvia, and “Dominicana” by Tamy and Pepe.

10. She’s very close to her writing partner

Ester wrote “On A Sunday” alongside Alexandru Serbu and Ioana Victoria Badea. She’s close to both, but shares a particularly strong bond with Alexandru. Not only did he co-compose her EP and share all her industry writing credits, he is also her longterm boyfriend. Speaking to Vivashe says, “I have my dear man beside me. We have been together for nearly six years. We complete each other”. Within ten years, she hopes that they will have a baby girl. But Ester isn’t broody just yet. Before any babies arrive, she wants to have played the world’s biggest stages and composed for the greatest artists, because “why not”?

Do you think Romania could surprise in Tel Aviv? Can Ester win on a Saturday? Let us know in the comments below.

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Alex
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Alex

Hands down the most underrated song of 2019. I honestly don’t understand the hate.

Anna
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Anna

I don’t know why, but she reminds me of Angela from The Office.

Anca
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Anca

This article is so good, with accurate spelling in romanian, You work so hard at wiwibloggs.
Ester has also a black cat with many funny pictures on her ig.

An American ESC Fan
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An American ESC Fan

Okay, but her cat is adorable! I love cats so this makes me love her even more 😀

Rimig
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Rimig

Love Grizon!

Yaa
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Yaa

But do you know she was 8th in televoting with only 3.19 pf the votes? Do you realise she is the result of sabotaging Romania’s chance in Eurovision?! Are you all happy with injustice?

Loin dici
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Loin dici

Laura who? It’s already rotten now. Ester in now representing and this is our focus topic.

dinner is ready
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dinner is ready

I’m so happy for Ester, and can we forget about the most annoying teenager Laura that screams at me about her e f f i n’ father as if I care. Take My Heritage Kit if you want to know who your father is, don’t scream at me, it’s not my problem.

Alex
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Alex

Stop it with the Laura drama and get some help.

NickC
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NickC

I love her , and her song as much as I hated last year’s Romanian entry.

Polegend Godgarina
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we love her and we stan her, after all !

Whisker
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Whisker

Stupid 10 facts post.

oli
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oli

best subheadline ever: loves cats and covers loreen 😀 I like her more now

Una
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Una

Ester si Alex, sunt mare fan al Romaniei si al vostru in mod special (*dragoste* la cea mai mare putere). Asa ca va rog foarte mult ca un fan sincer si dedicat si plin de apreciare: cred ca *pe alocuri* stilul in care canta Polonia anul acesta este similar stilului din Tara Oasului gen tapuitura. Poate ati face multi romani si polonezi fericiti daca ati face o mica demonstratie a capacitatilor voastre prin bucuria care exprima tapuitura? Este niche in Europa dar cred Ester ca vocalist si Alex ca instrumentist ar putea prezenta aceasta minunatie folclorica ce este foarte deosebita?… Read more »

Una
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Una

Brief in English:
Una (I) expresses outmost love for Romania this year and thinks that Poland’s style (Una’s second biggest love this year) *white voice* is similar to a singing foklore style from Tara Oasului in Romania (bordering Ukraine). Una, as a very committed, full of love fan of Romania, makes a kind request to Ester and Alex to make a short demonstration of the white voice style of Poland that is similar to a singing style of Tara Oasului of Romania 🙂
Hai ca ati aduce multa bucurie 🙂 Un gest foarte mic, mic de tot?

Ziv
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Ziv

So will we have another proposal in Eurovision this year?

Una
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Una

I think Romanians don’t do such tricks. No way. Say all you want but Romanians in general are either meh or WOW. Two extremes. Romanians are like Marmite, you hate them or *love them*. Romania’s Eurovison entries are always original and out-of-the-box. I am personally wowed by Romania this year. I just love you Romania, OK? Just for the record: that cringe now North Macedonia proposal was made outside the voting window. Even if that baby sonogram was in the postcard, it couldn’t save Jana. That being said, Ester (love) + (love)[Alexandru + Adela + Antonia + Bruce (Valentin) +… Read more »

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Love her cat, looks like one of mine

Lolz
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Lolz

11. She is effin sexy and makes me hard

Nicolas
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Nicolas

Your first three nickname letters suits you.

boris
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boris

“Within ten years, she hopes that they will have a baby girl. But Ester isn’t broody just yet.”

Never delay babies. They don’t come when you want, but when they want.

I will always be grateful to Wiwibloggs for not having that operatic Laura in ESC.

Una
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Una

WTF, Boris. Men wishing/trying to control women’s reproductive rights. Get.The.Heck.Out.Of.Here.

boris
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boris

Don’t exaggerate, you can tell pregnancy is easier at a younger age, without meaning you want to control a person. Ask a doctor, if this doesn’t offend you.

Loin dici
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Loin dici

According to no. 5, she’s not really a ‘small’ artist.

By the way, she and Bolero adds to the list of cute couples of Eurovision. I though that guy was just a backing guitar stunt! 😛

Una
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Una

Alexandru/Alex is a very talented, formally trained music artist. And an experienced producer. He only needs to polish his PR persona. Had I not followed Romania in Eurovision this year (I know the Romanian language), I would have not known he has a key role in Romania’s entry this year. He makes half of it even though Ester is the focus. Alexandru!!! (love)