Move on but stay strong: wise words from Ester Peony, Romania’s artist for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.
Eurovoix got the chance to speak with Ester right before the show at Eurovision in Concert last Saturday, April 6 at the AFAS Live concert hall in Amsterdam. We got to have a quick chat about her favorite Eurovision memories, some beautiful destinations in Romania, and the message of her song “On a Sunday.”
Ester vividly remembers watching the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, wondering if she would one day be on that stage, herself.
“I remember I was at home with some friends eating popcorn,” she said. “Then I saw Loreen and we were like oh my god this girl is amazing. In my head I was like oh my god will i ever go to Eurovision? And here I am.”
She won the chance to compete under the Romanian flag at this year’s edition of the Eurovision Song Contest at the grand final of Selecția Națională, the country’s national selection show, held last February.
“I think it’s a great moment that happened to me in that time, and I remember it with pleasure,” she said. “And now i’m living it.”
Ester also shared her favorite places to visit in her home country of Romania.
“My country Romania is a beautiful country, so you guys should visit it,” she said. “We have very nice views and mountains. You can go to Brașov. You can also visit Transylvania — there’s the castle of Dracula! You should visit! And here I am, with my song, and these moves,”
She laughs. “You should visit Romania, it’s a beautiful country.”
Her song, “On a Sunday,” is a song about falling out of love. What advice does Ester have for people who have lost the love of someone close to them?
“I want to say to them that even if they suffer for somebody, they should move on and be powerful because that’s all that matters,” she said. “Even if the guy or girl who left you, it’s ok, don’t mind. If they don’t come back, it’s ok. I’m ok, so…”
Many thanks to Ester, the Romanian delegation, and the organizers of Eurovision in Concert for making this interview possible.
Who is Ester Peony?
Ester Alexandra Crețu known professionally as Ester Peony was born in 1994 in Campulung, Romania. At the early age of 7 years old her parents immigrated to Montreal, Canada in 2001 where Peony spent only 4 years. She relocated to Romania after that and started writing music for artists before getting recognition, in 2014 she released her first single called “Cuminte de Crăciun”. She obtained recognition for her YouTube covers in 2015 which earned her a deal with a very popular record label, Cat Music to which she is now signed.
Romania first participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1994, the country had tried to participate in 1993 but failed to get through the pre-qualifying round. At the 1994 contest Dan Bittman finished 21st in the final scoring 14 points, Romania didn’t make it through to another final until 1998. Romania’s best results in the contest are two third place finishes. In 2005 Luminita Anghel & Sistem finished 3rd scoring 158 points, while Paula Seling & Ovi finished 3rd in Oslo with the song “Playing with Fire”. Romania missed the 2016 contest due to TVR being removed from the EBU.