It was just a matter of time. Just like the domino pieces meme, it all began with Romania selecting wrs with his Spanish titled song “Llámame”. Two months and several dominoes later, he’s performing on prime time television in Spain. He said “Hola mi bebebé” and the whole country replied.
Romania’s representative at Eurovision 2022 may have not fared so well in the final, but he has managed to become a viral sensation in Spain, a country which awarded him 16 points in the Semi-Final and 14 more in the final.
wrs in Spain: From meme to star
It all began with small waves when he first performed in Romania’s Selectia Nationala. Spanish Eurovision Twitter went bananas.
Estoy dentrísimo de esta fantasía hortera de la preselección rumana.— ? Álvaro Onieva ? (@AlvaroOnieva) February 14, 2022
HOLA MI BEBEBÉ,
Weeks passed and Spain just kept on falling in love with wrs.
It probably didn’t hurt that he became one of Chanel’s besties.
And after Eurovision, his song has become massive. It plays at clubs, of course. But you also randomly hear it on the street.
Salir de fiesta y que me pongan dos veces SloMo, una vez Ay Mama y Hola mi bebebé. No nos hemos visto en otra.— AlejandrU (@AlejandruFR) May 29, 2022
The “bebebé” of Spanish television
wrs is rightly riding this wave of popularity. He’s making the most of his moment by appearing on some of the biggest radio stations and television channels in the country. He’s left behind a trail of iconic moments which Spaniards have been eating up.
To begin with, RTVE interviewed him in Madrid. Standing in Plaza Mayor, he commented that he wanted to have children and live in Tenerife. Life goals, honestly.
¿Eres de los que no te puedes quitar de la cabeza el "Llámame" de @wrsandrei?— La 1 (@La1_tve) May 23, 2022
El representante de Rumanía en el festival de #Eurovision ha estado con un equipo de #CorazÓNtve paseando por la Plaza Mayor
¡Mañana la entrevista completa! https://t.co/OtYkiJKEf5 pic.twitter.com/GYcWKCdfbW
The day after, he visited “Cuerpos Especiales”, Europa FM’s morning show.
There he made a version of “Llámame” with host Eva Soriano. It added a spicy twist to the original: “I sent you a very hot WhatsApp and you left me on read,” read the new lyrics.
He’s made good friends with Eva Soriano, one of the country’s comedians of the moment. He’ll perform on her TV show tonight. (You can watch La Noche D, on La 1, here).
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Hola mi Sálvame
If you’re familiar with Spanish television through Eurovision Twitter, you’ll know about Sálvame. Yes, that show of the lady that appears when you get cancelled by the Spaniards, Belén Esteban.
Well, on Wednesday wrs spent the whole day in Telecinco, and he got his moment of glory by exposing host Jorge Javier Vázquez on Twitter. That was brave of him, knowing he had to perform in the afternoon show and in the evening one — a fashion show in which media personalities acted as models.
During the afternoon show, Jorge Javier and collaborator Lydia Lozano went to meet wrs when he arrived. Lozano was crying as she didn’t like the dress she was going to wear on that night’s program, and wrs went to hug her directly, snubbing Jorge Javier.
Jorge Javier was saying “I love your song”… however that was not the case. And wrs exposed him on social media. He gets the game.
Este tipo es muy indeciso ? pic.twitter.com/FXHdM3dII6— wrs (@wrsandrei) May 25, 2022
Finally, he performed Llámame at night, in the middle of the media starlets’ fashion show. Benidorm Fest alums Javiera Mena and Varry Brava also joined the party.
Descubrir este vídeo mientras estoy de cervezas ha sido una experiencia extrasensorial pic.twitter.com/JVskw1KhKm— Luis Fuster (@luisgfuster) May 25, 2022
A whole week of “Hola mi bebebé” on Spanish television has gone by. What’s next for wrs? Will he release music in Spanish? Has any foreign artist got such a reception in your country? Let us know in the comment section below!