Theodor Andrei represented Romania at Eurovision 2023 with the song “D.G.T. (Off and On)”. Now, in an exclusive interview with Wiwibloggs, he’s sharing more about his future plans, including his upcoming album and this week’s concert in London. And yes: The tea is still steaming. He’s also addressing all of the questions about his Eurovision journey and the issues with the national broadcaster TVR.
New Music is Coming
Theodor fondly recalls his interactions with Eurovision fans as one of the most incredible experiences in his career. He expresses his happiness at being able to create a fanbase beyond Romania and feels grateful for the incredible support from Eurovision fans. He excitingly announces his plans to produce an international record, fully in English, dedicated to his international audience.
“Well, maybe not only in English,” he adds. “We will have a Spanish song, a French song, and maybe an Italian song as well.” The international record will consist entirely of original songs, with no covers.
He is currently working on his next Romanian album titled “Echilibru” (Equilibrium). The album will be divided into three chapters. Following the first chapter, there will be an interlude that takes the form of a letter addressed to his younger self, reflecting on dreams, friendships, and the journey of making those dreams come true, including his Eurovision experience. Additionally, the album will feature strong references to the challenges and issues he encountered during his Eurovision journey.
Struggles during Eurovision
During Romania’s National Final, all contestants were required to present their own prepared shows. After the National Final, Theodor and his team spent nearly two months rehearsing a show in the TVR studios, which unfortunately was not portrayed in Liverpool.
After participating in a radio show in Romania where artists performed acoustic versions of their songs, the national broadcaster suggested that Theodor change his song to a fully acoustic version. However, Theodor rejected this idea, explaining that creating an engaging show with just him pretending to play an acoustic guitar is not a bright idea.
The national broadcast had specific ideas for Theodor’s staging, such as wearing a black kimono and having a palm imprinted on his guitar to symbolize the title of the song “D.G.T” (pronounced “degete” in Romanian, meaning “fingers”). Many of Theodor’s creative ideas were rejected, including his music video script, with the mention that a live performance video from the national final was sufficient.
Despite the hurdles, Theodor took matters into his own hands and, together with his friends, self-financed and produced the music video for “D.G.T.” The national broadcaster was not pleased with the usage of chains and red paint in the video, claiming it did not align with EBU (European Broadcasting Union) standards. They even threatened legal action if the video was posted. But Theodor posted the video anyway.
Theodor felt disappointed with the staging concept proposed by TVR for Liverpool, but he wasn’t even invited to participate in the meeting where it was discussed. TVR refused to send him the staging idea, worrying that he might share it on social media, similar to how he posted the music video without permission. In the end, they only offered him a sneak peek, showing him a phone recording of a laptop screen.
TVR told Theodor in Liverpool that he only needed to focus on singing, as they were professionals and would handle the rest. Theodor confessed that he knew his show’s staging was inadequate and felt hurt that he couldn’t live up to the expectations of those who genuinely believed in him: “I started to think how to distract the attention from the trash part to my stage presence and my singing. How can I make people not look at everything that surrounds me.”
A solo concert in London
He is all set to make a return to the UK for a concert organized by Platform ’96. Theodor will be performing at Stage 002 on 28 July.
The event will be held at The Water Rats, a renowned venue steeped in music history, having hosted the debut gigs of legendary artists like Bob Dylan, The Pogues, and Oasis.
During the concert, Theodor will be joined on stage by two other bands – British alternative rock band Glass Bridges and London-based rock band Minerva. It promises to be a night full of rock’n’roll, making it the perfect occasion to shake away any post-Eurovision blues.
For those unable to attend the concert in person, there are tickets available for live streaming on Discord. Additionally, everyone with a ticket for the online streaming will have the opportunity to participate in a live Q&A session with Theodor before the show starts. Get ready to hear his original songs from his first album “FRAGIL.”, some Eurovision medleys and even some of his new songs!
You can get your tickets here: outsavvy.com/event/14722/stage002.
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