Popular rock band Voltaj has surprised its fans and Eurovision fans alike by announcing this evening that they are thinking about submitting their powerful ballad “De la capat” (From the Start) to Selectia Nationala in Romania.
The announcement was made on the band’s Facebook and has garnered mostly positive feedback from the fans, although many of them suggest that they should change the lyrics to English.
The song, an ode for children whose parents left to work abroad and basically abandoned them to the care of grandparents, has been a huge success in Romania these past months, reaching number 6 on the radio charts. Helped by a gut-wrenching video in which a young boy decides to sail to Vienna (of all places) by himself, to see his family, “De la capat” is especially popular on social media among the diaspora – which, as we know, helps secure a lot of the televotes every year at ESC. The video is part of a short film, “Way of the Danube”, that has received heaps of awards at shortfilm festivals.
So far, it is unclear whether Voltaj will listen to their fans and will change the lyrics to English, to reach a wider audience. It could also be a trial to see how the response would be – Mandinga adopted the same strategy three years ago which led to them submitting “Zaleilah“.
Here a live version of the song:
Voltaj is a very popular rock band with many Romanian language hits that regularly fills big venues. Should they enter Selectia Nationala, there’s a good chance that they would likely win the televote, and the sensitive ballad is bound to sway the jury as well.
What are your thoughts about this? Do you like “De la capat”? And would you prefer if Voltaj entered the song in English? Sound off below!