After representing Romania in Malmö with the polarizing song “It’s My Life” and finishing 13th on the Grand Final scoreboard, Cezar “The Voice” Ouatu had a short week of rehearsals before singing alongside Andrea Bocelli and girlfriend Angela Gheorghiu in Bucharest, and today he released his new single, “Painful Love”.

The Romanian countertenor stated, upon his return to Bucharest, that he was disappointed with the results and that, “unfortunately Romania doesn’t sit well strategically and geopolitically at the Eurovision Song Contest”. Nonetheless, Cezar’s popularity doubled since he performed on the Eurovision stage (he has twice as many fans on Facebook now compared to before the second semifinal) and he is encouraged to continue with his pop-operatic efforts to dazzle this growing audience.

“Painful Love” will be included on Cezar’s new album, which is set to be released later this year.

And here’s Cezar performing “Painful Love” live on Romanian television:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBM_Z8ByhII

The new single sounds very good indeed. As some viewer on YouTube pointed out, he might have had a chance to place higher in Malmö with this romantic ballad. What do you think?

Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for wiwibloggs.com.
Follow him on Twitter @stingovision.

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oliv
oliv
7 years ago

I like!
I love it!
Wonderful!
Amazing!
Fantastic!

kassem
kassem
7 years ago

painful love is a very beautiful song and cezar is a great singer

StillEuroFan
StillEuroFan
7 years ago

Bogdan, here is the answer to your main question: I don’t think Cezar would win Eurovision with Painful love. Perhaps he would reach 2-3 positions, but I am not sure. No more than a cosmetic adjustment. Without any doubt, he is the major victim of 2013 jury vote. On the other hand, the music is the real winner, due to Cezar artistic performance. The public felt that and voted Cezar. I think he would gain the same public score, no matter the country he would sing for. The difference was made by jury vote, who had other criteria then artistic… Read more »

Karl
Karl
7 years ago

This is a much better song than “It’s My Life.” Romania should’ve submitted something more like a ballad with Cezar.

AlvaP
AlvaP
7 years ago

This is good. VERY good.

Isis Veritas
Isis Veritas
7 years ago

THE MOST OVERWHELMING VOICE IN THE WORLD! A VOICE of an ANGEL!

Valea
Valea
7 years ago

Is the best

Vebooboo Nadella
7 years ago

Thanks, takecare!!! I added the live performance to the post 🙂

Lili Grigore
Lili Grigore
7 years ago

Another time,Cezar,with ,,Painful love” has broken our hearts!
A great talent,a great voice-Cezar The Voice!
Congratulations!

Lili Grigore
Lili Grigore
7 years ago

Another time,Cezar,with ,,Painful love” has broken our hearts! So many feelings….
A great talent,a great voice-Cezar The Voice!
Congratulations!

Carmen Daniela
Carmen Daniela
7 years ago

Music that gives you shivers of emotion

LuKaya
LuKaya
7 years ago

Didn’t like his ESC song, but this one is pretty good. Good luck, Cezar! 🙂

1969melany
1969melany
7 years ago

Wonderful!

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

a song for my soul <3 i have to go to bed but i keep lying to myself "one more time one more time" :))))

Catalina
Catalina
7 years ago

Cezar proved again what a special artist he is! Unique voice, sensitiveness, tenderness, amazing voice! Congratulations to Cezar and to his team!

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBM_Z8ByhII

i dont know if the link works, i m not good at these things..this is Painful love live

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

thats the right word @Maggy, trapped! i m trapped in this

Maggy
Maggy
7 years ago

A gorgeous piece with a romantic melodic line, splendid!A unique, magical voice, that if you have got to listen, become trapped!!!!! Can not give up at the audition! Great artist!! Phenomenon!!

Mary
Mary
7 years ago

neighborhood*

Mary
Mary
7 years ago

” Romania doesn’t sit well strategically and geopolitically at the Eurovision Song Contest”. I thought that Eurovision is a musical festival not for good neighborly ;))))))))))))

Gavin
7 years ago

I think he has amazing talent. His Eurovision song was terrible. His performance laugable. Here the song is great, really suits his unique voice and this should have been his song and he would have got my vote and maybe rembered as more (quote my freinds) the guy in the big skirt… the ‘Master’ from Doctor who … in the 80’s you mean… yeah”

Good work… I may check out your album if your eurovision song is not on it… x

Andy
Andy
7 years ago

Goose bumps… I wish I were Cezar the Voice.

Mary
Mary
7 years ago

Cezar you are the best!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

i kinda wish he kept this in his drawer and compete again in 2014 with this song :))

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

i m still wow about this! congrats

Emy
Emy
7 years ago

Oh, what joy!A superb song, amazing voice!
Cesar entered the Gallery of great artists!
Listen without interruption, on, can not find any blemish, it all sounds perfectly and not get bored ever!
GREAT! FANTASTIC!AMAZING!

takecare
takecare
7 years ago

wow this is great!!! wtf you didnt enter this one in the competition/ wasnt ready?

antoneta
antoneta
7 years ago

stupendo!! la sua voce emoziona ,ti da una energia positiva … ti auguro tanta fortuna ,tutto questo dopo anni di studio e lavoro.!

antoneta
antoneta
7 years ago

stupendo!! la sua voce emoziona ,ti da una energia positiva … ti auguro tanta fortuna ,tutto questa dopo anni di studio e lavoro.!

antoneta
antoneta
7 years ago

stupendo!! la sua voce toca anima !!emoziona ,ti da una energia positiva … ti auguro tanta fortuna ,tutto questa dopo anni di studio e lavoro.!

antoneta
antoneta
7 years ago

stupendo!! la sua voce acareza anima !!emoziona ,ti da una energia positiva … ti auguro tanta fortuna ,tuto questa dopo anni di studio e lavoro.!

Vio
Vio
7 years ago

One more thing, Wiwi – when I try to access your blog, I often read this message “problem loading the page”, which is quite annoying. Is there anything you can do about it? Thanks.

antoneta
antoneta
7 years ago

stupendo!! la sua voce acareza anima !!emoziona ,ti da una energia positiva … ti auguro tanta fortuna ,tuto questa dopo anni di studio e lavoro.lo merita !!!grande cezar!!!

Vio
Vio
7 years ago

2:48 – addicted….

Anca Ion
7 years ago

Number one most talented man in the world.He is an artist who ,,thinks”directly in music,his strong musical always enable him,like nobody else, to understand what the public wants to hear…Love is the greatest thing in the world,that’s coming from this singer and from the song that he sang!!Bellissimo!!!

Liliana
Liliana
7 years ago

Congratulations Cezar, a great song, a great Voice! ‘Painful love’ will be a big, big hit!

Liliana
Liliana
7 years ago

Congratulations Cezar, a great song, a great Voice! ‘Painfule love’ will be a big, big hit!

LOLA
LOLA
7 years ago

The song,,Painful Love” is beautiful,so deep!I just love it!So many emotions,so many feelings…Beautiful!!!Congrats,Cezar The Voice!:)))

StillEuroFan
StillEuroFan
7 years ago

I think you are perfectly right, Bogdan. I’m glad that Romanian musicians took this opportunity and already released a song with Cezar. I hardly wait the album! Listening Cezar, I understand the televote and ask: what the jury is afraid of?
Can anyone tell me how Spanish public did vote? I am not interested about Spanish jury vote.
I checked for Romania: last year Mandinga, with Zaleilah, had more then 30 millions views on youtube. You can listen their last entry Bling http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TdfXYIibC_I
Finaly: good luck, Cezar!