The Head of Delegation of Romania has revealed that a significant amount of month has been spent on special staging effects.
TVR are pushing for a strong result in Tel Aviv, with specific emphasis being put on the staging of “On a Sunday” and the investments made in it. Speaking at a press conference today the Romanian Head of Delegation explained:
It is the first time that more money has been allocated for the show than for the delegation, compared to the past years, when 20 people went and … I am happy that I finally had the opportunity to check all components, because so far we have gone as poor people there. I had no wind … No one’s gonna notice you if you do not invest in the show.
The broadcaster has spent a significant amount on “special stage effects” for Ester Peony’s performance. Overall 100,000 Euros are being spent by the Romanian delegation on their Eurovision participation. This year is also reportedly the first that Romania has produced its own graphics package for Eurovision.
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.