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Romania: Ilinca Revealed as Eurovision 2019 Spokesperson

Ilinca will be revealing the results of the Romanian jury at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest.

Romanian broadcaster TVR has revealed that Ilinca will be revealing the points from the Romanian jury in Tel Aviv. Ilinca represented her country alongside Alex Florea at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. The duo finished in 7th place in the Grand Final with the song “Yodel It!”.

Representing Romania at this year’s contest is Ester Peony with her song “On A Sunday”.

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.

Source: Eurovision Romania

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.

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