Several regional juries around the country, a central jury in Bucharest and the televoters at home could cast their votes in the Romanian national selection. It was the first time in years that the country didn't use semi-finals, but concentrated on a sole final this year.
The event was held at the Globus Circus Arena in Bucharest and was hosted by Horia Brenciu & Valentina Pelinel with help from Gianina Corondan from the Green Room.
In the end it was the energetic Paula Seling and Ovi with Playing With Fire to win in Romania and they've continued their road to Oslo the same smashing way. They've even produced a new video for their song, which included the same technology used in the movie Avatar.
Check out their song's video below!
Who are they?
Paula Seling was born on Christmas Day 1978 in Baia Mare . She studied piano since she was 6. At the age of 10 she started singing in the school choir and found it to be very enjoyable. It wasn’t long before she became a vocalist. That was the start of her interest in music. She has won numerous awards in Romania.
In 1998, she recorded her first album, Only Love in Germany . Up until now she has released twelve albums, including three Christmas albums and a compilation. Her latest one, released last year, is a double album with 17 songs, all composed, produced and arranged by herself. In 2005, Paula launched her own recording studio and record label, called Unicorn Records, with her husband. She sang in duets with Al Bano, Anita Doth (from 2 Unlimited), Tony Hawks and she served as opening act for Joan Baez , Ricky Martin, Michael Bolton and Beyonce.
Ovi is a Romanian/Norwegian singer and composer, born in the north of Romania, in a town named Botosani. Despite his 34 years Ovi is entering the most important part of his musical life only now! Early 2009 he released his first solo album This Gig Almost Got Me Killed, a solid result of hard work with help and influence from experienced professionals from the music business.
On this album a lot of the inspiration is gained from the 70's big piano and keyboard based singersongwriters such as Billy Joel, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. Ovi had also taken part in Norway's national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest before, in 2006 and 2009. Ovi's talent was noticed while he was just a kid. In his early years he listened actively to music and he actually discovered his voice "by accident" while imitating everybody from We Are The World.
They'll perform tenth in the second Semi-Final on the 27th of May in Oslo, Norway.