After teasing us at the beginning of the month, Stefan Stan and TeddyK have confirmed that they are entering Selectia Nationala 2014 and they just released their song for Eurovision, “Breathe”. Could this be Romania’s dark horse?
The song is surprising in many ways. First of all, TeddyK, a virtually unknown 18-year old singer (her real name is Teodora Constantin), is paired with the first winner of The Voice – Romania, Stefan Stan, and gurl can definitely keep up! Stefan’s voice is deep and masculine, but sensitive and tender at the same time, while TeddyK’s delicate but also strong voice conjures a broad range of emotions. She sounds to us like a cross between Rihanna and Lana del Rey, combining the sensual tones of the former with the dark undertones of the latter. Possibly the biggest surprise of Selectia Nationala so far – and we can’t wait to see them live! “Breathe” sounds almost too good to be true.
The song itself, written by “Tornero” co-author Eduard Carcota, is more than just a love ballad, it’s a sensitive but radio-friendly tune with a memorable chorus. The two voices blend and compliment each other beautifully. The lyrics, which are a whole class above those of “Miracle”, are deep – although a tiny bit incomprehensible at times. But we are sure that, come Selectia Nationala final time on the 1st of March, the two singers will have polished their English. (And yes: we have no doubt that this will go directly to the final).
So yes, “Breathe” makes us excited and we’re glad to see that “Miracle” has some strong competition. This year’s Selectia Nationala promises to deliver, y’all. Too close to call!
What do you think? Are you team “Breathe” or “Miracle”? Or are you waiting for the official announcement of the 12 finalists on 20 February before you make up your mind?
Bogdan Honciuc is a Romania-based correspondent for WiwiBloggs.com. You can follow him on Twitter @stingovision.