Time to meet some old flames, the second returning act (after San Marino’s Valentina) to grace the Eurovision stage in Denmark. Paula & Ovi first appeared to represent Romania back in 2010 with the amazing “Playing with Fire”.
Romania have a strong record in recent Eurovision years, one of the few nations that have maintained their 100% qualification record throughout the semi-final era. Only Ukraine, Russia and Greece can boast such an achievement; the difference is that each of those nations have also won the contest during that time.
The best Romania has done is third place, twice. Paula and Ovi were responsible for the latter of these two bronze medals, and in a national selection event, they were given the nod by Romania to try and improve on that.
A fine choice too, they are great performers and a thoroughly likeable pair. “Miracle” is a high-NRG bit of euphoric dance pop, with some incredible lighting effects – notable the use of Pepper’s Ghost to project images of the pair throwing fireballs around.
Paula has a good chance to use her formidable vocal range too, leading the final chorus set in with a truly hair-raising extended glory note, performed to perfection. I think they will sail through the semi-finals, closing Semi 2. If they get through, a good slot in the final could easily put them in contention to Romania its first ever victory.
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