Ahead of Selecția Națională on February 11th, Jazzi interviews Andreea D. She will participate the national final with her song “Perinita Mea”, alongside Folclor Orchestra.
Hi Andreea, I would just like to start things off by asking how you are doing today?
“I’m fine, thank you! Actually today I rehearsed for the Eurovision Romania final which is about to take place on the 11th of February, but only after taking my daughter to kindergarten.”
Before we continue, let’s start with a quick icebreaker by just asking if there is one thing about yourself that not many people know about.
“It is unknown to most people that I am married to the composer of the song “Perinița mea”, which is also the founder and member of the band Deepside Deejays and that we have a 5 year old daughter. Also I am involved in many humanitarian projects for children”.
For many Eurovision fans, this will be the first time they will get to know you, could you please tell us a bit more about yourself.
“I started taking singing lessons at the age of 11, at 17 I was in the final stage of the contest “Popstars Romania” and in 2011 I recorded my first international hit with Sasha Lopez, the song “All My People”. I also sang with DJ Sava and also with other international artists such as Adam Clay or BoyFlow. My musical career spans for more than 12 years and I am the first female MC in Romania. I also won Miss Earth Romania back in 2010.”
Let’s move on to Eurovision, and you will be participating at Selecția Națională 2023, can I start off by asking, what made you want to participate at the Romanian selection?
“This song is a part of the history and culture of Romania and I felt that the Eurovision stage was the perfect place to share a bit of the Romanian spirit”
What is the general atmosphere you wanted to go for with your song “Periniţa mea” for Selecția Națională 2023?
“I wanted to share the song “Perinița mea” with the whole world, “perinița” being the most beautiful traditional love dance from Romania and is actually hundreds of years old. Originally it started as a wedding dance, where the bride and groom put a “perinita” down, sat on their knees and kissed each other as a ritual of their love. Later it became known in all regions of the country, as well as internationally. It is a song meant to bring unity, love, peace and joy.”
When the audience listens to your entry, what message would you like to send?
“Let’s all dance together and unite through love and music, regardless of nationality, religion or gender.”
What would going to Eurovision and represent Romania mean to you?
“As every person that loves their country this representation would be an honor to me, especially that I came up with this kind of interpretation which has elements of Romanian folklore and I will proudly expose to the whole world a small part of Romanian traditions.”
Asking more about Eurovision, what is your earliest memory of the competition and what is your favourite Eurovision song (from Romania or from another country).
“I loved a lot of songs that came out of this competition: Loreen – Euphoria, Mans Zelmerlow – Heroes, Dilara Kazimova – Start A Fire. Being from Romania and for another clear reason, I must admit that I am a bit subjective to say that I really loved the song composed by my husband, Silviu Paduraru, alongside Voltaj – De La Capat”
As we are speaking right now, we are only a few weeks away until the live final of Selecția Națională 2023, how are you feeling?
“I’m looking forward to the national finals and I am preparing intensely for the show. Overall, I am concentrated on delivering a great performance”
How are the preparations for your live performance of “Periniţa mea” next month going, can you tell us anything about the staging for the song?
“I have prepared a few surprises prepared for my performance, interesting ones I should add, especially for those outside the country.”
You have been releasing music since for quite a few years now. Are there any other parts of your discography fans of “Periniţa mea” should listen to?
“ “Perinița mea” is the first song released for the project Andreea D Folclor Orchestra, a project for which I sing only in Romanian, but the people that want to hear my other songs can listen to the ones which I’ve made myself known under the name Andreea D.”
Dj Sava & Andreea D – Money Maker
Sasha Lopez & Andreea D feat Broono – All My People
Andreea D – Rompedon
Andreea D & Adam Clay – Loving You
Andreea D – All That You Say Is
You worked with Folclor Orchestra on the song, what was the experience like working together and how did the idea for the song all come together?
“My fellow musicians from this project are real professionals. Some of them are teach musical instruments at renowned high schools and music schools in Romania, some are part of the National Radio Orchestra and have played with Nicole Scherzinger and Robbie Williams. When I proposed them this project and this song, they found the idea of combining folklore with modern music interesting and I think that something authentic and beautiful came out”
Thank you for this opportunity, is there anything you would like to say to the International viewers over at That Eurovision Site?
“I would like to tell them that I would be honored to perform and that I would be very happy to experience together the Romanian joy and tradition in Liverpool”
About Andreea D
Andreea D is not only a singer, but she is also a former model. In 2010 she won Miss Earth Romania and Miss Queen of Europe 2010 in Vienna. She has won various international awards, including her song with Sasha Lopez ” All My People” becoming a Gold record in Canada. Andreea D is now embarking on a new project with Folclor Orchestra, in hopes of representing Romania with their song “Periniţa mea”.
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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