‘Playing with Fire’ in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

‘Playing with Fire’ in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest

“Playing With Fire” was recorded by Romanian singer Paula Seling and Romanian-Norwegian performer Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu. The song was released as a CD single in 2010 by TVR, TMC and AXR labels.

“Playing with Fire” was produced by Norwegian record producer Simen M. Eriksrud, while lyrics were written by Romanian singer and songwriter Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu.

The music video was shot by Mihnea De Vries and executive produced by Eduard Schneider, filmed in two counties Austria and Romania.

On the 6th March 2010, TVR held (Selecția Națională) where Paula and Ovi were chosen to represent Romania at the contest after the votes of regional jury panels of 12 points and public televoting of 12 points were combined, resulting in 24 points, accidentally Paula broke the trophy after falling off her hands. Their win was also contested by Romanian singer Luminița Anghel — who had already represented Romania in the Eurovision Song Contest 2005.

Paula Seling and Ovi’s win sparked controversy after it was speculated that Eriksrud was one of the writers of “Playing with Fire”, which was not permitted by the rules of the national selection as he is not of Romanian origin. The accusations were denied and it was later confirmed that Eriksrud only produced the track.

Paula Seling and Ovidiu Cernăuțeanu will represent Romania with the song “Playing With Fire” at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, taking place on the 25th, 27th, and 29th of May 2010.

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