Following his first rehearsal, our Tim got a chance to catch up with Theodor Andrei to discuss his Liverpool experience so far.
Watch our interview with Theodor Andrei right here:
During their interview, Tim and Theodor discussed how his first rehearsal went, as well as his love for the other competing acts this year. Theodor also goes into detail about the message of the song and his hope to raise awareness of bullying. They also delve into Theodor’s adoration for cats and a secret connection to the Jonas Brothers!
Theodor Andrei’s Eurovision journey so far
Theodor was one of 12 finalists selected for Romania’s national final Selecția Națională. Performing 6th in the running order, Theodor’s song “D.G.T. (Off and On)” placed second in the public televote and first in the online public vote to win the contest and earn Romania’s ticket to Eurovision 2023.
In the lead-up to Eurovision 2023, Theodor performed on the pre-party circuit at Eurovision in Concert and the London Eurovision Party.
On Tuesday, Theodor performed on the Eurovision stage for his first rehearsal. You can find out more about their first rehearsal, and our thought’s on that here.
Who is Theodor Andrei?
Theodor is an 18-year-old singer-songwriter originally from Bucharest, Romania. He knew from a young age that he wanted to write and perform his own songs and takes inspiration from artists such as Elvis Presley, Aerosmith, and Bon Jovi as musical influences.
He first gained notice in 2017 when he participated on the Romanian version of The Voice Kids, where he reached the semi-finals. In 2020, he participated on The X Factor Romania, this time reaching the bootcamp stage.
Theodor has released several singles since 2017, including “Ţigări mentolate” with Valentina and “Prigoria Teen Fest” with Shtood. In 2022, he released his debut album Fragil.
“D.G.T. (Off and On)” was written by Theodor Andrei, Mikail Jahed, Luca de Mezzo and Luca Udățeanu.
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”. Performing 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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