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Cezar Ouatu, dubbed “Cezar The Voice”, will represent Romania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmo, Sweden, with the song “It’s my life”, written by Cristian Faur. Cezar will sing in the second Eurovision contest semifinal, May 16. The contest final will be held on May 18.The song to represent Romania in Malmo was picked as a result of the points received by a specialized jury (50 pc) and by televoting (50 pc).According to the latter, the ranking reads as follows: Cezar (12 points), Casa Presei (10) and Luminita Anghel (8 points). The jury assessment put Electric Fence first (12 points), followed by Luminita Anghel (10) and Cezar (8 points). Cezar therefore got 20 points on aggregate, Electric Fence (19) and Luminita Anghel (18).The jury was chaired by George Natsis and consisted of Alexandra Cepraga, Eduard Circota, Crina Mardare, Andrei Tudor, Stefan Naftanaila and Mihai Ogasanu.In the aftermath of the vote, Cezar said he felt like in a dream for the past three weeks. “I won’t disappoint you. (…) I respect all the contestants respect. I did so right from the start. I love them, I was inspired by their songs (…) God wanted it that to happen and, even if nobody cares, there is nonetheless,” Cezar said upon learning about the outcome of the vote.
Luminita Anghel, upset
Third-ranked singer Luminita Anghel said it was intolerable and shocking for Stefan Naftanaila, one of the jury members, not to give her at least a single point. “It’s inacceptable for a radio man who attended almost all of the Eurovision international contests with team Romania to consider that I don’t deserve at least a single point. Both I and my team are shocked at this gentleman choosing against giving me at least one point but a 0 instead,” an outraged Luminita Anghel said. Before he announced his mark, Stefan Naftanaila said he voted “taking into account the quality of the song, singing performance and the contestant’s ability to cope with this contest”.Anghel also said she was victim to an energy attack against her right before the national final….”I was under an energy attack from obscure forces.
A nice carreer
Cezar Ouatu was born into a family of musicians and began studying piano at the age of 6. He graduated from “Carmen Sylva” High School of Art din Ploiesti. At 20, he discovered the unique timber of his voice. He graduated with top grades from the singing section of the “Giuseppe Verdi” Musical Conservatory Milan, one of the world’s top conservatories, according to http://eurovision.tvr.ro. He has won more than 10 international prizes at most important singing contests in Barcelona, Dresden, Milan, Monaco and San Marino. His operatic career spans over 10 years, with performances on some of the world’s greatest stages. In December 2012, Cezar decided to approach the pop opera genre, an innovative concept. Aside from his participation at Eurovision, Cezar has plans for two outstanding international collaborations, with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli and Romanian soprano Angela Gheorghiu. Also this year, Cezar will launch a single composed especially for him by musical legend Vangelis.Alyona Lanskaya of Belarus, who qualified to Eurovision with the song “Solayoh”, was the special guest of the Eurovision national final evening. Television viewers were also able to enjoy a Paula & Ovi recital and a song performed by Andreea Banica.Eurovision is the most important international musical competition in Europe, organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) – the largest public television association in Europe – held each year since 1956. Romania’s best showings in the competition were a two-time 3rd ranking (Luminita Anghel & Sistem – Kiev, 2005; Paula Seling and Ovi -Oslo, 2010) and a 4th slot (Mihai Traistariu – Athens, 2006).