Romania: Paula Seling & Ovi

Romania Paul and Ovi

 

 

They finished in third place with Playing With Fire in 2010: Paula Seling and Ovi are back to try for the top spot in Copenhagen with the high octane (and octave) Miracle. One of the other 11 competitors, Vaida, won the televote but Paula and Ovi topped the jury’s list, and the combination is sending them to the semis.

There’s less PVC from 35-year old Paula (not that she didn’t know how to work it), whose successes since we last saw her have included being chosen by Disney to sing the Romania version of My Spirit Flies from the soundtrack to Brave. 39-year old Ovi has largely remained in the realms of Eurovision: he co-submitted a song for the 2012 Contest.

Of the 18 years Romania has competed in Eurovision, this duo gave the country their best-ever result, 162 points. Can they set a personal best in Denmark?

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Credit: TVR


 

 
Playing With Fire. The number of times I listened to this track over and over in 2010 has auto-ranked it to four stars in my music collection. It would have been a miracle for the upbeat baton to be passed back four years later – via Mandinga and Cezar…let’s just gloss over Hotel FM – with quite the same zest, but Miracle comes pretty damn close.

The first two minutes are a slightly confused mixture of pop anthem and euro-trash ballad; the last 45 seconds won’t leave a single remaining foot still. The neon-lit piano is set just for one this year, as Paula’s talent for hitting the ceiling notes for 18 seconds has her a bit preoccupied, leaving to Ovi ramp it up on the keys.

The holographic projection is original, although may become lost if the cameramen don’t frame it quite right on the bigger B&W Hallerne stage for viewers at home. Here’s one for the top ten, at least.

I know that maybe the duo want to gloss over 2010’s glory, but it must have a hell of a lot to do with 2014’s decision. Let’s pay homage:

Contagious rating: 9/10

 

 

Miracle

I don’t know if it’s right
But I’ve got a feeling
And want to believe this is magical
Is this what it’s like
Cause I’m starting to feel it
And want to believe it’s incredible.

If you only knew all the things I could tell you
We could be dancing with stars in the night

It’s so magical, so magical,
So beautiful, so beautiful

It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle!
I can see it now!

All the things I see
I think I see them too
All for you and me
It’s like a dream come true
It’s so beautiful
No one will ever know
It’s a miracle

Now you know that I’m right
And you got that feeling
I told you before that it’s magical
Yes, it’s magical
Now you know what it’s like
And you’re starting to feel it
But you just can’t deny it’s incredible

If I only knew all the things you could tell me
We could be dancing with stars in the night

It’s a miracle! It’s a miracle!
I can see it now!

All the things I see
I think I see them too
All for you and me
It’s like a dream come true
It’s so beautiful
No one will ever know
It’s a miracle

Courtesy of Eurovision.tv