Paula Seling & Ovi, Luminta Anghel & Sistem, and Mihai Traistariu have all shown that Romania has what it takes to crack the top five at Eurovision. As national selection season revs up, our Colorado correspondent David crosses his fingers and hopes that one of the following acts will fly the Romanian flag in Malmö.

Horia Brenciu

He is every bit as talented as Zeljko Joksimovic and Ott Lepland. But unlike most male vocalists, he also has a presence. He reaches out and grabs you and sucks you into the song. And that’s the difference between finishing on top and merely finishing in the top 10. This guy has it.

If they can, I’d like to see them present as in the above video. On the stage it’s just him, dancing with an invisible partner. But on the TV (which is where all the votes are), it has the computer animation added. Which brings up an interesting question – can the back-up singers be virtual? If allowed, that would definitely get attention. Top 3 for sure, with a good shot at 1st.

Ok, if Brenciu is not available, then the following all have a shot of placing in top 10 for Romania. In no particular order:

William Naraine

Really good song, really good artist, and he owns the screen when he’s on it. A lot of people talk about the act being important, and it is. But equally or more important is that the lead singer owns the screen. Loreen is an amazing artist and the staging was good for her song. But what made that so good was that your eyes are locked on her.

Stefan Banica

This guy exudes joie de vivre. Again, someone who pulls you in to enjoy life with him. People want to be happy. You can’t help smiling watching this guy. And that carries a lot of points. Probably not enough to win, but good enough to finish in the top 5.

Lili Sandu & Razan Fodor

Ok, this song is from a horrible TV series (really, 1.2 out of 10). But the song is quite good. (There’s a large number of excellent songs that were written for lousy movies.) It comes across as a good (not great) song that’s well (but not awesomely) done. Yet there’s something in there that elevates it. I don’t think this song is a top 10 entry. But I think the two of them are capable of a top 10 entry together.

Cristina Spatar

She is another Pastora Soler – an amazing talent that has a great (pair of) screen presence. I think that with a good stage act she could follow Pastora into the top 10 (but not the top 5). You can see her heavily pregnant at the top of this post.

Awesome but not for Eurovision

Paula Seling has an absolutely amazing voice. But that alone is not enough and that is the approach she takes – to stand there and have the song be everything. Now dress her up in leather and make her part of a duet and then she can be a contender (and even win Eurovision’s Next Top Model). But I think the only way she has a chance in ESC is in a duet.

Ok Romania, you have your shot. All you have to do is follow through. You’ve got the talent – you just need to make the most of it.

14 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
David Thielen
8 years ago

Ella – that would be an awesome duet. All we need is for Romania and Norway to merge 🙂

ella
ella
8 years ago

i think Paula Seling & Alexander Rybak could make the best duet for ESC 🙂 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTwX6bYl8OQ

Bogdan Honciuc
8 years ago

I agree with the commentators, the singers suggested by David, although obviously talented, are less popular in Romania and virtually unknown abroad, not to mention, dare I say it, rather old-fashioned. The Romanian music industry is full of fresh, very “now” talent that has also broke into the international market (Inna, Antonia, Alexandra Stan, Andreea Banica – to name but a few female pop stars who are famous throughout the region and indeed the world). I think and hope that, with Loreen, we have moved to a new stage in Eurovision, where good old-fashioned Europop gives way to a more… Read more »

Maria
Maria
8 years ago

I would go for Smiley or Antonia or they both in a duet 🙂 they are very good ,popular and known in Europe .

diana
diana
8 years ago

What about Antonia ? 🙂

David Thielen
8 years ago

Andra’s not bad. The song you provided I don’t see doing well at ESC, but she’s got a good voice and presence so with the right song – maybe.

Lacaj
Lacaj
8 years ago
David Thielen
8 years ago

MrHäggkvist – Ok I’m probably going to have every 20 year old male in Romania mad at me but… While she’s very pretty I don’t think she is that good of a singer. Her voice is shallow.

MrHäggkvist
MrHäggkvist
8 years ago

Here’s Inna’s Crazy, Sexy, Wild… Romanian TV want her 4 this year contest but she was on tour at the time of the contest

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf30ySWeGys

MDizzle
MDizzle
8 years ago

Not the best lyrics, but this is probably my favorite song from Alexandra. The music is awesome! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eWfRjyp2Nc

This is probably her most popular song- it even cracked the Top 10 here in the States! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAhHNCfA7NI

David Thielen
8 years ago

MrHäggkvist & MDizzle – please post links to their best songs

MDizzle
MDizzle
8 years ago

Umm… you forgot Alexandra Stan!! 😛

MrHäggkvist
MrHäggkvist
8 years ago

Where is Inna?