"ABBA" to host the Romanian final

"ABBA" to host the Romanian final
Paula & Ovi. Photo: TVR
Bucharest, Romania -

Well, not the actual ABBA; instead four talented Romanian artists will form a tribute band to lead the three live shows, including Ovi and Paula who represented Romania in Oslo three years ago.

Paula Seling and Ovi, the pair who “played with fire” on the Eurovision Song Contest stage in Oslo in 2010 have accepted broadcaster TVR’s invitation to be part of this year's Romanian national selection, as hosts of the two semifinals and of the final show. They will take on the role of two of the members of the world famous Swedish band ABBA, who incidentally won Europe's favourite TV show back in 1974 with Waterloo. The band will be completed by Andreea Bănică, a popular Romanian singer, and Marius Rizea, a talented actor and comedian.

The Semi-Finals of the Romanian national selection will take place on 23rd and 24th of February with the Grand Final being held on the 9th of March. They will be broadcast live on the main channel of TVR with the Grand Final being shown live right here on Eurovision.tv via our WebTV.

An international array of songs

A total of 148 songs were submitted to the organisers by both Romanian composers and songwriters from the United Kingdom, Turkey, Israel, Sweden and France, who either entered songs on their own or in collaboration with Romanian composers or singers.

The preselection phase has already begun with the songs being performed live by the artists in front of a professional jury. This is taking place in five different cities in Romania: Iaşi, Cluj, Timişoara, Craiova and Bucharest, and will continue until the 14th of February.

Romania will participate in the second Semi-Final of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest being in held in Malmö, Sweden on the 16th of May.


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  • Posted on 14/February 2013 at 18:47
    My favorite songs this year are: Diana Hetea - I believe in love; Electric Fence - EMILIA; Natalia Barbu - Confession. Good luck to all participants! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/February 2013 at 20:24
    Euro Fan . Sorry but Denmark does not stand a chance with that song. Mohamed would have been better. Malta best so far report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8/February 2013 at 16:41
    HAI ROMÂNIA!!!!
    C'mon this year, really this year, let Romania come up with a winner candidate, if not then I know Denmark will have one ready.

    I just wish that both my countries have the 2 best songs in the competition, and Romania & Denmark will fight for the victory, then no matter who wins, I will be happy from start to finish.

    Just like in 2010, Romania 3rd & Denmark 4th, one of the best results I could imagine fore my 2 countries, in the same year as well :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/February 2013 at 20:38
    GO ROMANIA!
    I want you WINNERS! Thanks for your support to my country and OF COURSE for the wonderfull songs you give us in ESC!
    Find your ABBA and win it! BUCURESTI 2014!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/February 2013 at 14:38
    what a stupid game they play ! they just want us to watch this national final because of their ratings !! but still happy to know that luminitha angel will also compete there , just hoping now her song will be as good as 'let me try' or even better !!! gl report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/February 2013 at 10:18
    I hope that Romania will win this year! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7/February 2013 at 09:15
    ENDLESS - Changing Skies is one of the songs submitted for the Romanian National Selection. What do you think? Does it stand a chance in the competition? I think it sounds pretty nice and it has a quite modern sound. /watch?v=rpDI518Wrtw report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/February 2013 at 21:02
    i have this really strong feeling that romania will win this year report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/February 2013 at 20:50
    This will be great ! :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/February 2013 at 20:22
    QUE BUENA DUPLA SU CANCION EN EL 2010 FUE LO MAXIMO !!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/February 2013 at 20:19
    siiii que sean ellos la cancion del 2010 fue lo maximo!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 6/February 2013 at 18:07
    NICEEEEE!!!!!! =) New good news from Romania! ♥
    Nice to sing the singers of Playing with fire in this NF!!! =) Can't wait!
    Best of lucks to them! report to the moderator