Romania’s participation in Eurovision is a surprisingly sensitive issue. On the one hand, we have the ever-harsh Romanian press, who inexplicably ask, “Why does Romania still participate in Eurovision?” They cite our country’s “poor record” in the contest and last year’s “failure” when Mandinga placed “only” twelfth in the final. And then there’s the economic crisis that has forced other countries to withdraw this year.
On the other hand, of course, are those Eurovision fans who think it’s high time that the contest moved to Bucharest. I am one of those Eurovision fans who believes that Romania has always been just one hit away from victory at Eurovision, and that the odds of winning big this year are extremely high if we play our cards right. The Romanian music industry is more evolved than ever, and it’s bursting with unquestionable talents. We also have the support of European fans from Spain to Russia working in our favour.
Potential winners for Romania
Inna is the first name that comes to mind. She’s famous globally. She has more than 7,500,000 fans on Facebook, which is more than twice the number of Lana Del Rey! She could easily mobilize them to vote for her on May 18, 2013. She also has the experience of live shows and, most importantly, the willingness to represent our country and to bring Eurovision to Bucharest. Last but not least, she is beautiful, she can put on a show, and all of her releases have become instant hits.
Take, for instance, one of her most successful songs of 2012, “Caliente” (yes, Mandinga aren’t the only Romanians performing in Spanish — and yes, the hunk in the video is Madonna’s ex, Jesus Luz):
The only problem is Inna’s busy concert schedule, which might prevent her from actively promoting her song ahead of the contest. In which case, we have other potential winners.
Alexandra Stan – another famous Romanian singer, whose video for the summer hit “Lemonade” garnered no less than 36 million views on YouTube. Unfortunately, Alexandra has the same problem: she’s far too busy for Eurovision, although I am quite sure that she would be more than proud to represent Romania. Should she choose to do it, then she wouldn’t even have to promote her song.
Antonia, another striking Romanian beauty, was raised in the United States, became a successful model and moved back to Romania, where she found fame as a singer. She is less known internationally, but she could use Eurovision to propel her star status far beyond the borders of our country. She definitely has what it takes: the voice, the looks and the backing of successful producers.
Andra is another name that has been suggested. However, despite the fact that she has arguably the best live voice in the Romanian music industry, she was disappointed when she was disqualified in the National Selection in 2007, when her song was accused of plagiarism. She allegedly vowed never to compete again (much like superstar Loredana, who lost to Luminita Anghel in 2005). Moreover, she is a judge on the hugely successful show “Romania Has Talent”, now in its third season, which in May 2013 will be in full swing. However, if she changes her mind, I am sure that she could win it for Romania.
Connect-R is a household name in Romania. He has had the biggest year of his career thus far, with his summer hit “Vara nu dorm”. It topped the charts for most of 2012. He has recently released his follow-up dance song “Love Is The Way”, which wouldn’t fare too badly in Eurovision, if the former hip-hop singer could spare the time to promote it abroad.
Ellie White (stage name of Elena Baltagan) is a highly experienced singer with dreamy vocals who has been trying to make it as a solo artist ever since she interrupted her collaboration with the dance duo DJ Project. Her attempt has been rather unsuccessful so far, but I do believe that she stands a chance to make it even bigger than she set her mind to, if she represented Romania at Eurovision. All she needs an infectious dance song, like “Nu te mai caut”:
Speaking of DJ Project, they could, together with Adela Popescu, their current collaborator, bank even more on the success of their Romanian hits. I am pretty sure that their enormous fanbase would totally back them if they participated in the National Selection with a hit like “Bun ramas”:
Andreea Banica is another hugely popular singer in the Balkans and beyond. She has the body and the face of a bombshell, as well as the backing of good producers. Each of her releases has become an instant hit. And gurl can dance! With a good live performance, she could win big. A hit song similar to “Sexy” from 2011 could do it.
Keo, a former rock singer who has succesfully turned to electronic dance, is one of the very few Romanian male singers who has the voice AND sex-appeal to bring Eurovision to Bucharest next year. This wouldn’t be his first brush with Eurovision, either: last year, Anggun recorded an exclusive “Echo (You and I)” version for the Romanian public in a duet with Keo. However, I think that he would do better with a song like “O singura noapte” (minus the rapper Skizzo Skillz, who detracts from Keo’s talent):
Of course, there are a lot more singers and bands who could represent Romania in Malmö (Corina, Akcent, Deepcentral, Alex Mica fans, I hear you!), and it all boils down to the perfect song. I just wanted to highlight who, in my opinion, could realistically bring the trophy to Bucharest this year. Which of these are your favourites? And who else do you think could win it for Romania? You can also see what David, an American contributor to our site, had to say on the matter by clicking here.