Ester Peony

EUROVISION 2019: What Next – Ester Peony

What next for this year’s Eurovision entrants?

Romania: Ester Peony

by Christopher Smith

Since entering Eurovision in 1993, Romania have had two third place finishes and a number of top ten’s including 2017’s “Yodel It” which ended seventh. The country failed to qualify last year with The Humans’ “Goodbye” so this year great hope was pinned on 25 year old singer Ester Peony with her haunting “On A Sunday”. Once again, all were to be disappointed, with “On A Sunday” not raking in enough votes to go through in the semi final.

Ester made her music debut in 2014 on the single “Cuminte de Crăciun” (“Honeymoon Christmas”), a joint venture with fellow Romanian artists Doddy, Vescan and Mahia Beldo. She joined forces with producer Vescan for her next two singles “Sub aripa ta” (“Under Your Wing”) and “Oameni” (“People”) the following year, and released “Lubire”, her first single on her own later that same year. Ester released her debut EP “Dig It” in 2018, mostly written by herself.

“On A Sunday” was written by Ioana Victoria Badea as a Gothic electro-pop ballad and was produced by Alexandru Şerbu, Ester’s boyfriend of six years. While gaining much acclaim from many quarters, was described by one critic as “Marlene Dietrich meets Count Dracula”! The song revevied 71 points coming thirteenth in the group semi final, which was not enough to ensure its progress to the grand final.

Ester has already released a new track “Dernière danse” (“Last Dance”), this time teaming up with dance producers HIDDN and RudeLies and is currently putting the finishing touches to her debut album that is expected later this year. Good luck Ester!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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