Ahead of Selecția Națională on February 11th, Shiloh interviews Deiona. She will open the national final with her song “Call on Me”.
How did you decide to become a musician? What do you like most about being a singer?
I knew very early on that I like music and my parents made that possible for me, sending me to music lessons. The moment I started singing in front of an audience I realized this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. The thrill, the emotions, the stage, the lights give me a feeling like nothing else.
Do you have a favorite Eurovision memory, or a favorite song from previous years?
I’ve been watching Eurovision every year since 2009 and I have not one, but many favorite songs. In my top 3 is “Fuego” by Eleni Foureira, “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak and “Fairytale” by Alexander Rybak.
What made you decide to participate in Selecția Națională this year?
I’ve always wanted to participate in Eurovision, but I was too young. Every year when I watched the selections I was crying a little on the inside because I wasn’t there. So it wasn’t really a sudden decision.
What was the composition process like for your song “Call on Me”?
It was a very long process because we tried to create a song that people can connect to and resonate to. Also, we wanted to make sure we meet all the contest’s requirements.
Have you listened to the other competing songs? Is there anyone you see as your biggest competition?
I think all contestants are different from each other and we all have unique songs that cannot be compared. We all stand out in our own ways, but also, if there isn’t any competition, then this wouldn’t be a contest anymore. I’m excited for the Final!
What do you think makes your song stand out from the other entries?
Maybe the strong message and the emotion that goes through your body while listening to it, I know that’s how I feel when I sing it. I hope people feel the same way too.
What can we expect to see in the live performance of “Call on Me”?
I can’t say much yet, but the show will be filled with emotion, as it is about love. We are working on creating a visual representation of the story through dance, but you’ll have to watch on 11th of February to see more.
And finally, what would you like to say to listeners who may be discovering your music for the first time through Selecția Națională?
I hope you like my song “Call on me” and you will help me out with a vote in the National Final. This is just the beginning and stay close because there are lots of surprises on the way! Kisses!
Selecția Națională 2023 will be held on February 11th. Out of the twelve competing songs, the winner will be chosen exclusively through public televoting.
Deiona has had musical training since she was a child, and participated on “The Voice Junior” in Romania when she was only 11. She is a longtime fan of Eurovision, and has been watching since 2009! Even before she was old enough to compete, she longed to sing on the Eurovision stage. Deiona is brand-new to the music scene and has recently opened up her official YouTube channel.
Romania’s Eurovision Journey
Romania joined the Eurovision family in the Eastern wave of enlargement, making their debut in 1994. Their entry – Dan Bittman’s “Dincolo de nori” – finished in 21st place with a total of 14 points. At the introduction of semi-finals, Romania found their stride and were present in every Eurovision final until 2018. Romania’s best result is third place, scored twice in 2005 and 2010 respectively.
In 2022, Romania was represented by WRS with his song – “Llámame”. Performning at the second semi-final in Turin, Romania qualified for the final for the first time since 2017. At the close of voting in the final, Romania finished 18th in a field of 25, scoring 65 points.
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