Elena Ionescu is the perma-tanned star of Romania’s Mandinga. Tulisa Contostavlos was the star of British hip-hop group N-Dubz. But is it possible that these two starlets were separated at birth? Wiwi feels like we’ll soon hear Romanian on British X-Factor, and rap in the middle of a Mandinga song in Baku! Take a look at these […]
This morning the Wiwi Jury—our in-house panel of music unprofessionals—gathered in Wiwi’s dreary basement to review Romania’s cheery Eurovision entry “Zaleilah.” Some of us got up and danced. But one of our critics had to leave the room to find some painkillers. Uh, oh. Scroll down to read the reviews that tore the Wiwi Jury […]
Read the lyrics and English translation of Mandinga’s “Zaleilah.”
Since we last checked in on the bookies’ predictions on who will win the first semi-final of ESC 2012, the leaderboard has seen some major shifts. Denmark’s Soluna Samay remains on top at Betfair with odds of 107/50. However, she no longer shares that spot with San Marino. After unveiling her song “The Social Network,” […]
Leather body suits, bag pipes and accordions rarely appear on stage at the same time—unless you’re Romanian pop group Mandinga. Their mishmash of folk music, pop couture, and spilling cleavage helped them win Romania’s national selection—and the opportunity to represent Bucharest in Baku.
Last fall there were fears Romania wouldn’t compete at Eurovision 2012. But the perreniel Eurovision contender is back—and its national selection includes some pretty fierce acts. RTV, Romania’s state broadcaster, has now released videos of all 15 entries, which you can watch below. After you do, be sure to vote in our poll ahead of […]
The European Broadcasting Union today announced that 43 countries will be flying their flags at Eurovision 2012 in Baku.
British expatriate David Bryan has made a home for himself in Romania. So much so that Romanian voters chose to send him and his band Hotel FM to Eurovision 2011. David recently spoke with Wiwi about how he ended up in Romania, his love of music and his plans to have plenty of girls […]