Romania: M I H A I releases Selectia Nationala 2018 entry “Heaven”

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Ever since he placed fourth with “Tornerò” at Eurovision 2006, Mihai Traistariu has been eyeing a Eurovision return. And he’s taken another step closer to his goal with the release of his Selectia Nationala 2018 entry “Heaven”.

Mihai Traistariu — now known as M I H A I — broke the news to his fans on Facebook. With great excitement, the Romanian icon wrote, “Dear friends, this is my song for Eurovision 2018. I really believe in it! Godspeed! PS: If you like it as well, please share it! Thanks a lot!”

Dragi prieteni,iata piesa cu care vreau sa incerc la Eurovision 2018 … Am mare incredere in ea !Doamne ajuta !:)P. S. : Daca va place si voua, nu uitati s-o distribuiti mai departe !Multumesc mult !:)

Posted by MIHAI on Saturday, December 16, 2017

“Heaven” is one of M I H A I’s trademark power ballads, but it comes with a distinctly modern sound. Some fans are comparing it to Kristian Kostov’s second-placed song “Beautiful Mess”, because of the combination of modern electronic production with the emotional lyrics.

However M I H A I brings his own style to the song. His powerhouse vocals are showed off to great effect, bringing 2000s vocal style to a 2010s production.

“Heaven” is a simple love song, and gives thanks and praise to a supportive lover. M I H A I sings of how this special person supports him when he’s having dark moods. He sings, “You guide me into the light/You see me out of the rain.”

The big chorus comes along and makes a grand statement. “You show me, you show me heaven/Oh, I need you”. It’s just the right moment for M I H A I to shine.

The song was written by a dream team of experienced Eurovision songwriters — Michael James Down, William Taylor, Jonas Gladnikoff — and M I H A I himself.

The Northern Irish songwriter Down and the British songwriter Taylor are both regular contributors to national finals. They’re joined by the equally prolific Swedish songwriter Gladnikoff, who also has the distinction of having made it to Eurovision. He was behind Ireland’s entries in 2009, 2010 and 2014.

And while it might be tempting to dismiss M I H A I as heritage act trying to make a comeback, it’s important to remember that M I H A I never went away. Last year his Selectia Nationala entry “I Won’t Surrender” place second after he delivered a commanding performance at the national final.

But he’s going to have to fight for that win. There have been plenty of other names rumoured for Selectia Nationala 2018.

Broadcaster TVR is yet to make the official announcement regarding the number of entrants and their names.

This coming week, the contestants will perform their entries in front of a jury and audience between 19 to 21 December. The jury will choose 60 songs that will make it through to the five semi-finals, set to start in January. The national final will be held in Bucharest on Sunday, 25 February.

M I H A I – “Heaven” (lyrics)

When all I see is the night
You know me morning again
You guide me into the light
You see me out of the rain

I’m scared that when you’re not here
The world will fade into grey
The colour washes my life
With every word that you say

You show me, you show me heaven
Oh, I need you
You show me, you show me heaven
Oh, I breathe you
You show me, you show me
You show me, you show me

You kill the voices I hear
When I’m alone in my head
You undermine all the fear
That has be right at the edge

I wanna get to a place
Where I can handle myself (I need to handle it)
It’s easy now that you’re here
But all things come to an end

You show me, you show me heaven
Oh, I need you
You show me, you show me heaven
Oh, I breath you

You show me, you show me life
You open my mind
Make everything right

You show me, you show me heaven

Heaven, HEAVEN

You show me, you show me heaven
Oh, I need you
You show me, you show me life
You open my mind
Make everything right

You show me, you show me heaven

What do you think of M I H A I’s new song? Can “Heaven” give Romania its first Eurovision win? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

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