Morten Thomassen from Norway starts reported on the final positions of the 37 entries in the 2023 Eurovision song contest. ESC Covers google translated it from Norwegian to English.

This is a blog entry and represents only writer Morten Thomassen’s own views.

An earlier starting number than San Marino saved our Romanian friend Theodor Andrei from the embarrassing last place, but how much less it is to come in second-to-last place with 0 points is debatable.

“DGT (Off And On)” was the name of his song and those who voted were just “off” so to speak and it wasn’t exactly surprising that they felt that way.

I met Theodor at the Meet & Greet and he was a nice guy for whom I gained some sympathy, he undoubtedly has talent, but sometimes you should let your talent develop a good deal more before you participate in such a competition as ESC.

Because, although he has won many competitions in his home country of Romania and has a cupboard full of prizes according to himself, participation on the big stage of the ESC is a completely different league for the vast majority of people.

Even with a good vocal and a show that, in contrast to what he showed in the Romanian final, seemed quite well adapted to the song, it all turned out rather amateurish in most eyes, I’m afraid.

First of all, he hadn’t quite decided what kind of song he was going to perform and then it turned out to be a hodgepodge of songs, but at the bottom it’s actually a not too hopeless song.

However, it ended up with a performance that doesn’t really go anywhere and I understand that those who voted did not find enough in the song to think that this was something to vote for.

Quite possible that a show that was much tighter and more in touch with the song could have given Theodor a few points, now he is the first Romanian artist with zero points, let’s hope it gives him as much success as it did for Jahn Teigen who also got zero points and became one of Norway’s biggest artists.

Featured image – Corinne Cummings – EBU


2 thoughts on “POSITION 36 IN THE 2023 EUROVISION – ROMANIA”

  1. As we all now know from his post-Liverpool interview online, Theodor had very little if any control over his entry – he had no finances given to him which is why we only saw him and his gf on stage in Liverpool, plus the acoustic part of the song was TVR’s idea. Hopefully he will try out in Moldova in the future where they give their artists the chance to reveal their own vision!

    1. Yes Theodor is 18 and young but we had the Greek guy at 16 and even a 13 year old winning for Belgium. Maybe Romanian TV is again cash strapped as in 2016 when they did not pay the EBU and was not allowed to take part in Stockholm.

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