Paula & Ovi played with fire and… didn’t get burned
May 30, 2010Posted by on
Going almost completely unnoticed by the foreign commentators i heard (which is weird – how can you NOT notice Paula Seling in that leather costume?!), Romania edged to a no. 3 spot at the Eurovision song contest in Oslo, Norway.
Ok, it’s not the most credible contest out there, being tainted both by “geopolitical votes” and the general suspicion of being rigged altogether. But people usually don’t rig things in favor of Romania, so – Paula & Ovi’s performance is even more worth mentioning.
The scoring rule I believe is that 50% of the score is given by people voting via SMS and 50% by a “specialists” jury. Obviously people cannot vote for their own nation’s song, but if you have a big community in another country, or simply friendly (or special) relationships with your neighbors, you usually get many points from there. This is how Romania usually gets some of its 10 and 12 points scores too, notably from Spain and Moldova.
NEVERTHELESS, as it seems the quality of the song counts in the final ranking too 🙂 – in the past 3 years we had songs which didn’t stand out and didn’t even make it to the top 15, with all the geopolitical votes included. This year the Romanians got points from a pretty large majority of the voting countries, which is actually the measure of quality in this case (complete points structure here).
Germany represented by Lena won with a trendy performance, Lily Allen / Emiliana Torrini style. Suspicions of the contest being rigged are still hovering as usual, since Germany is one of the high paying nations to make this event possible, but on the other hand – they hadnt won since 1982, with very bad scoring the last years, so – maybe they just had a song to hit the trend spot-on, being considered “modern” and non-tacky by many people and especially juries, which is a rather rare quality at the Eurovision.
Anyway – good result for Romania, above expectations. In the final their singing performance was actually better than the one below: