As we get ready to bid a fond farewell on 2017 and look ahead to what musical treats 2018 has in store for us Eurovision fans, we take a look back on the music that was released in December 2017. This included new releases from Italy’s Marco Mengoni, Belarus’ Navi Band and Compact Disco from Hungary. Check out the new songs here:
Romania yodelled their way to a top ten placing at Eurovision 2017. The nation will return to Eurovision in 2018 and today they announced their plans to choose their artist and song for Lisbon.
Romania hosted the final of Selecția Națională 2016 earlier this evening and have chosen Ovidiu Anton as their Eurovision participant. He will sing his song ‘Moment of Silence’ accompanied by what look like Game of Thrones extras, complete with sword dancing and overused smoke machines.
Romania has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 17 times, debuting in the 1994 contest. Along with Russia and Greece, Romania has never missed a final since the introduction of the semi-finals in 2004. They have placed in the top ten on five occasions, including two third places which they received in 2005 with Luminița Anghel & Sistem and 2010 with Paula Seling & Ovi. Seling and Ovi returned to Eurovision in 2014 with ‘Miracle’ but couldn’t match their previous success, only placing 12th. Most recently band Voltaj came in 15th with ‘All Over Again’ in 2015.
Paula Seling and Ovi hope to maintain Romania’s good Eurovision streak
For die hard Eurovision fans the names of Paula Seling and Ovi may sound familiar. Well that may be because this is not the first time the duo have represented Romania in the contest. They competed back in 2010 when they finished third with their song ‘Playing With Fire’ and secured Romania’s best result to date.