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Since 2010, Romania has been absent from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, owing to lack of interest and an extremely disappointing last place finish back in 2009 with the track 'Ai Puterea în Mâna Ta' sung by Ioana Bianca Anuta. In a reply to an email sent to Bianca Dinescu of TVR, a representative of the public broadcaster in Romania, the chances of participation have been significantly downplayed.

"As the situation lays, I don’t think there are chances to participate". Bianca believes that there might be better news for 2015 though. Romania was one of the first countries to partake in the international competition, with their seven consecutive participations commencing in 2003 and coming to an end in 2009. During their seven year stint, their best result was a fourth place finish in 2004 with the track 'Îți Mulțumesc' performed by Noni Ene. Further to that though, they managed a top eight result on another two occasions, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHPoKeLLONQ

Since 2010, Romania has been absent from the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, owing to lack of interest and an extremely disappointing last place finish back in 2009 with the track 'Ai Puterea în Mâna Ta' sung by Ioana Bianca Anuta. In a reply to an email sent to Bianca Dinescu of TVR, a representative of the public broadcaster in Romania, it seems that there is a slight possibility that the country could return to the competition although 'It's too soon to tell'.

Romania was one of the first countries to partake in the international competition, with their seven consecutive participations commencing in 2003 and coming to an end in 2009. During their seven year stint, their best result was a fourth place finish in 2004 with the track 'Îți Mulțumesc' performed by Noni Ene. Further to that though, they managed a top eight result on another two occasions, in 2005 and 2006, respectively. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com even on Facebook & Twitter for all the latest news.

Source: TVR, escflashmalta.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHPoKeLLONQ

Saturday, 01 March 2014 18:26

Romania: Selecția Națională 2014 - LIVE

Buna Seara! Romania will be making their selection for this years’ edition of the Eurovision Song Contest during the course of the evening with twelve (12) acts competing for the right to represent a nation yet to win the continental competition. There has been a lot of media exposure in recent months, due to the financial difficulties that the country was facing, but nevertheless, they decided to continue their participation in an event which has brought success to the country on several occasions; including not too long ago in 2010 when Paula & Ovi finished in third (3rd) place with the song Playing With Fire.

TVR, the Romanian public broadcaster will be airing the selection process through a webcast being transmitted on the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest. The winner will be decided by both the general public and a professional jury, each having a 50% stake in the final result, in a fair and democratic manner. This year will mark the start of something new for Romania noting that a brand new Head of Delegation has taken over from Dan Manoliu as well as moving the selection process to Brasov. In the meantime, it is worth noting that following the success of Cezar and his entry It’s My Life in 2013, the nation received well over two hundred (200) submissions in the short space of a month.

The Show (Part 1)

... and our female hostess for the evening is on stage, wearing a beautiful lilac dress, very reminiscent of the one worn by Miriam Christine during the 2014 edition of the Malta Eurovision Song Contest. Now, we can hear the theme of the European Broadcasting Union, as it is stated that the winning entry of the evening will represent Romania in this years' edition of the Eurovision Song Contest taking place in Copenhagen, Denmark. Well, it seems that we have another two hosts, and they clad in much more formal wear, noting that the male is wearing a black suit, and the female is wearing a beautiful black gown. All of the artists have been wished Good Luck and we could now get on with the show!

Paula Seling & Ovi - Miracle

... the favourites of the selection are on first, and having already been to the Eurovision Song Contest, they seem to have an edge over the rest of the field. First things first, it seems that TVR have invested a lot in the stage effects noting the smoke machine is used to full effect along with a number of holograms. Wearing black, they are somewhat dull compared to the rest of the stage. The vocals are strong, and this is definitely a contender. Towards the end of the performance, they take to the front of the stage and communicate well with each other and the cameras.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIR3XWm8gXk

Bere Gratis - Despre mine şi ea

I must start off by noting the studio version of this entry as to being in my top five (5) songs presented this evening but nevertheless, the LIVE rendition does leave a lot to be desired although, I believe that the problem lies within the horrid mix of sound coming across on television. The lead vocalist is wearing a black suit, with white markings. He is joined on stage by a band and the overall effect comes across brilliantly. The vocals were really strong but I cannot see that in the Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZPipNWC2D0

The dAdA - Unpredictable

You are Beautiful! The first phrase of the song, for which we thank him. The lead vocalist is joined by a band on stage on stage and there seems to be a magician on stage, who seems to have turned fire into paper. A smidgen of rap has now been included in the song, although I do think it does hold up well to the earlier tune. The magician is clearly the highlight of the show, as I believe that the whole performance is relatively misunderstood, due to the fact that it should be in English.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY3zBPKCr3c

The Zuralia Orchestra - You Know

In 2013, the Zuralia Orchestra had an entry which was one of my favourites, something which I definitely cannot say about this years' song which seems to be a fusion of dance, folk and rap although funnily enough, the performance this even works. The staging kills the performance, but I honestly understand that the group has gone for a national hit and one which will manage to crack the charts. The vocals are good and the camera work is quite effective but the song seems to come to an abrupt ending.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlWTvUWMFII

Vizi Imre - Kind of Girl

Loving the introduction in which the iPad is used rather than actually appearing in one of the normal postcards. It seems that Ryan Paul Abela's song has been lent to Romania, albeit re-produced and re-worked to accomodate the music scene better. Clad in purple trousers, a white shirt and a black blazer, along with a top hat, it seems that Vizi is close to going mad after a girl. I would seriously love it if Romania goes for this type of song. Brilliant entry and clearly one of the best thus far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGWXajupJFY

Anca Florescu - Hearts Collide

Written by one of the members of Hotel FM, Hearts Collide is one of the most modern entries being presented in this years' selection in Romania. Anca is wearing a salmon pink dress, and is joined by three (3) male dancers. The diction is comprehensible and the performance looks good on screen. At the back, I noticed two (2) female backing vocalists. The vocals are stunning and Anca Florescu is enjoying her time on stage. I believe this is the best song in the competition and regardless of the outcome this evening, will be a major hit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmaVpfgTHWs

Silvia Dumitrescu - Fiorul iubirii

One of the oldest participants in this years' national selection is Silvia and she brings a touch of pop/rock which is very similar to the song being presented by Albania. Wearing a black dress, with her shoulders baring all, she has a strong vocal range, and is clearly enjoying her time on stage, which is bathed in red and dire throughout the whole performance. The staging is kept simple but is very effective!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAhk2AeEzpA

Renée Santana feat. Mike Diamondz - Letting Go

Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull have seemingly entered the Romanian national selection, but then I look at the screen and seemingly see Kristina who represented Slovakia in the Eurovision Song Contest and then realise that this is Renee. The music is extremely modern and somewhat suits the needs of the charts but nevertheless, tried a little bit too hard in my opinion, leaving no room for experimentation. The vocals are over the top and the final result is the kitchen sink and more!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39Oi66gL61Y

Ştefan Stan feat. TeddyK - Breathe

Stefan, one of the favourites this evening, having previously won The Voice of Romania, is clearly making full use of the special effects provided; smoke throughout the whole performance which is moving from one (1) side of the stage to the other. The vocals are contained, and are kept in tune throughout. The staging is beautiful and honestly, I could see this doing well in the Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xlf_OmhbtUQ

Naomy - Daca Tu Iubeşti

Blagoslov from the Serbian selection in 2013 is the first song that comes to mind whilst listening to this entry from Naomy. Wearing very heavy make-up but complimenting the choice of outfit in a wonderful symmetrical manner is the vocalist who is joined on stage by one female backing vocalist towards the back of the stage. A pop/rock ballad, similar to the songs performed by the late Mia Martini, this is wonderful but definitely unsuited for the Eurovision Song Contest.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxbLg9GyMFM

Mirela Vaida Boureanu - One More Time

In a floor-length red gown, Mirela is joined on stage by two (2) female vocalists, a female accordion player and a couple; male and female dancing. The best way to describe the music would be as a lullaby but it is done in a manner where I could see it competing in a competition, maybe not a national song competition. The vocals were incredible and the staging was wonderful but again, this would not succeed in the international competition.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovGKtDijgzI

Sal - Hardjock

Our final entry this evening is a mixture of four (4) genres; pop, rock, folk and dance and it seems that this creating a headache for quite a couple of people. The lead vocalist is definitely having a fun time on stage but nevertheless, not many people are especially with the camera work being so tiring. The choreography on stage is also mad and there are no words which could be used to describe this entry except ... pollution!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1rvuxspAhg

The Show (Part 2)

Our main hostess of the evening opens up the tele-voting portion of the competition before following it up with a recap of the twelve (12) songs in contention this evening. We are back after some commercials with another recap of this evenings' entries. I believe that there are four (4) real entries in the running. A standing ovation for one of the most popular personalities in Romania. We just had a quick look at the tele-voting and suddenly it seems that Vaida is winning that portion of the competition with Paula and Ovi in second place and Anca Florescu in third place. Now, a variety of special guests, or rather back dated performances from the Golden Stag festival which Romania might be thinking of re-inventing.

... we have a winner .. Miracle by Paula & Ovi!

TVR, the public broadcaster in Romania, responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest, officially brought the deadline of submissions to an end on midnight of the 14th February 2014, with the selection phase of the competition set to take place during the course of the day, tomorrow. In a radio interview, Liana Stanciu who is replacing Dan Manoliu as Head of the Romanian Delegation revealed that the national final set for the 1st March 2014 will be staged in the city of Brasov, in the centre of Romania.

Details of submissions are a tad hazy at this point in time, but nevertheless, Liana seemed to be confident that there is a record amount of submissions with renowned artists putting their name forward in hope of representing the country at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014. Amongst those who have declared their intentions publicly, there were none other than; Paula & Ovi who finished in third place back in the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest with Playing with Fire; Anca Florescu whose entry Hearts Collide is co-written by Gabriel Baruta from Hotel FM and Stefan Stan who won the first edition of The Voice in Romania and is competing with the song Breathe written by Eduard Carcota who was also responsible for Tornero back in 2006.

Liana stated that the public can only vote from the same number once during the national final, whilst the choice of the public will prove to be vital in the event of a tie. TVR will be revealing the names of the artists that made it through to the final phase of the competition on the 20th January 2014 on both their Official Website and their Facebook Page. We urge you to stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for all the latest news about Romania and their participation in the 2014 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest.

Source: FlorinESC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpYLqX-NCSM

TVR, the public broadcaster in Romania, responsible for the participation in the Eurovision Song Contest has confirmed intentions to participate and will thus be hosting a national selection. Songwriters from all across the world, with Romanian vocalists may send in their respective submissions between the 15th January and 15th February with an internal panel of judges selecting a maximum of twelve (12) songs, which will then compete in a one-show national final entitled Selecția Națională Pentru Eurovision set for the 1st March.

Several artists have expressed interest in representing Romania in Copenhagen, Denmark including none other than former representatives Paula and Ovi who have been busy recording and mixing the song Miracle in Romania and Norway, respectively. Also interested are none other than the popular Anca Florescu whose track Hearts Collide has already been made public and Stefan Stan, winner of The Voice of Romania who is working with TeddyK on a song entitled Breathe co-written by Eduard Carcota, known for the man behind Tornero, Romania’s entry back in 2006. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for the latest news.

Source: TVR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OlG9g4-cyg

Romania, one of the countries which is yet to miss the final of the Eurovision Song Contest since the introduction of the semi-final system is supposedly debating whether to take part in the international competition according to Dan Manoliu, the Head of Delegation and Head of Entertainment at TVR, the national broadcaster. Earlier this year, against all odds, Cezar and his entry It's My Life made it through to the final, managing a thirteenth place, far better than results achieved by Hotel FM (2011), Elena Gheorghe (2009) and Nico & Vlad (2008).

Mr Manoliu went on record stating 'apparently not ... unfortunately' to a question which stated whether Romania would be present in Copenhagen, Denmark. Later on that statement was amended to state 'there nothing's certain yet'. Romania have been ever so present in the competition, having taken part for fifteen (15) years, including the last twelve (12) in succession. A withdrawal would definitely not mark good news for former representative; Ovi who is planning on making his return to the competition in Romania. It is unknown whether Paula Seling would be joining him though. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com as we follow this story develop.

Source: Dan Manoliu (TVR)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OlG9g4-cyg

Thursday, 12 April 2012 01:15

Romania: Reviewing the song 'Zaleilah'

Time flies when one is having fun and in day three of our reviews, we head onto the sixth nation carefully analyzed by a set of professional individuals who hail from countries who have won the Eurovision Song Contest on more than one occasion. Together, they seem to have compiled a list of qualifiers but nevertheless, this will be revealed closer to the actual event. In the meantime though, all of the marks being presented within the reviews are an opinion on the song and not within the frame of the competition. Their chances of qualification will be rate more or less through this system but believe me, some interesting results will be noted. The sixth country is Romanian who will be represented by the group Mandinga with the song Zaleilah composed by Costi Ionita and penned by Elena Ionescu & Dihigo Omar Secada.

Mandinga is a unique band in Romania. The cultural variety, as a result of mixing Romanian and Cuban musicians, guarantees the best show on stage. The group is capable of pleasing the most heterogeneous crowds. Mandinga consists of 7 members: Elena (lead vocals), Alex (trumpet), Chupi (drums), El Niño (congas), Omar (piano), Zach (saxophone) and Tony (trombone). Only six of them will sing on the stage in Baku, Tony being just their Green Room supporter.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uN20XuLv7tM

The band started 10 years ago. Since then they have become known as the best latino band in the country. They have released no less than four albums so far and at the moment, the band members are working on a new album which will be released soon. Mandinga's success has gone beyond the borders of Romania and that is because they were not afraid to create and launch new concepts for their shows. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q36wAdBCfRA

Anyone who meets Mandinga can see and listen to the 7 musicians playing latino music, latin jazz, balkan salsa or even club music, as they do in their Club de Mandinga show. Any Mandinga appearance on a stage turns into a spectacular show due to the blend of sounds, virtuosity and impeccable visual construction. Mandinga is representing Romania in Eurovision Song Contest 2012, after the group received both the public and jury votes in the Romanian national selection.

The Critics Voice Their Opinion

Jan Van Dijck

  • Can this song become a summer hit? Looks like Shakira’s sound in the beginning of her career. Big effort to please every European citizen. From Spanish lyrics to the sound of bag pipes. Just have my doubts where this song wants to bring us. It’s all very déjà vu. Well, here's a four (4) pointer from my end.

Knut-Oyvind Hagen

  • Balkan party! But I would have to be quite drunk to truly appreciate this. The song too simple, the production is too bad, and I wish that the singer would spend some more time practicing her singing. It seems like she has spent too much of her time in front of the mirror rehearsing ridiculous posing. I believe that two (2) points is enough for this track.

Pitchtunes

  • A summer smash song that will get a lot of people going crazy on the dancefloor. The accordion is really nice. Vocals could be better, the chorus drops a bit because of a way too relaxed performance. It still has a good melody which saves the song. I will give this six (6) points.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VH2t9LpRGQk

Entry Background

 Performers: Mandinga

 Composer: Costi Ionita

Authors: Elena Ionescu & Dihigo Omar Secada

 Song: Zaleilah

 Language: Spanish

Broadcaster: TVR

 History of the Nation

Romania have been trying to achieve victory at the Eurovision Song Contest since their very first participation which came back in the year 1994 but unfortunately, they would not debut well and their first really good result would ultimately come in 2002 when the duet Tell Me Why by Marcel Pavel and Monica Anghel finished in ninth place. Since then the country has achieved much more success finishing as the second runner-up on two occasions, the first coming in 2005 with Luminita Anghel and Sistem and their song Let Me Try and the second time with Paula and Ovi and their track Playing With Fire. The country remains as one of the most successful countries holding onto the 100% qualification record from the semi-final stage of the competition. Mandinga will be holding to add to that sublime record which last year saw another two names crossed off such a list including Turkey and Armenia.

Source: Eurovision.tv for the Biographical Information and all respective media

Published in Editorials