Romanian band Voltaj, one of the 12 finalists in this year’s Selectia Nationala, announced from the start that their song “De la capat” might be performed in English in Vienna, if they win the final on 8 March. Just ahead of the national final on Sunday, they have now released the video of the English version, entitled “All Over Again”. As of late, the reactions have been rather mixed.

Voltaj – “All Over Again” (English version)

Although hugely popular in Romania, Voltaj has no English language hit songs, and now we have an explanation: Calin Goia is not exactly proficient in this language. That wouldn’t be a serious issue — foreign accents are part of the appeal of Eurovision, after all –if the lyrics to the chorus weren’t this problematic:

If the stars tomorrow no longer shine on us
If the strong wind blows me, I will not make a fuss
You will be the reason
You will be the reason to start
To start all over again

Eurovision fans have been quick to point out that the second lyric in particular is unintentionally hilarious for two reasons, one being the slang reference to oral sex, and the other being that the colloquial expression “make a fuss” that doesn’t fit a ballad with a serious subject. As the national final is around the corner, it’s unlikely that the band will change the lyrics now.

Nonetheless, fans of Voltaj are embracing the English version no matter what and are continuing their support for the band. Despite some criticism from the Eurovision fans’ camp, Voltaj are widely viewed in Romania as the main favourites to win the Romanian national final next Sunday, thanks to their popularity and their national campaign to put an end to the phenomenon of child abandonment that is associated with Romanian migrant workers.

Voltaj – “De la capat” (Romanian version)

Upon hearing the mixed reactions to the teaser of “All Over Again” last weekend, Voltaj have announced that, if they win Selectia Nationala with “De la capat” — which will be performed in Romanian at the national final on 8 March — they might poll their fans on Facebook to decide whether to send the Romanian or the English version to Vienna. We thought we could help them as well.

Speaking of their campaign, Calin Goia has this message for the readers of wiwibloggs:

What do you think about the English version of “De la capat”? Would you rather have Voltaj perform in Romanian instead? Please vote in our poll and then sound off below!

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[…] performs? The one thing I can say for sure: Voltaj should sing the Romanian version. Others have pointed out some of the problems with the English lyris. Mostly, I just love listening to Romanian, and enjoy it when countries […]

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[…] performs? The one thing I can say for sure: Voltaj should sing the Romanian version. Others have pointed out some of the problems with the English lyris. Mostly, I just love listening to Romanian, and enjoy it when countries […]

gaga
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gaga

I’m afraid he will be too stressed if he will sing in english. Obviously is not his strong point.

Robyn Gallagher
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Robyn Gallagher

That might have just made me cry a bit, but I think it was a combo of the video and the song. *sniff*

Alexander
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Alexander

Usually I am a big defender of English lyrics in Eurovision, for the same reason that it’s easier for me to understand a message, and I am very dissatisfied with a very good song whose lyrics I can’t understand (the most recent case was Montenegro’s “Moj Svjet”, last year) but this time I voted for the Romanian version of Voltaj’s song. Of course, I’m romanian and I can easily understand the original lyrics, but I feel there’s something wrong with the translation, it’s a bit forced, in order to keep the meaning, and it’s also the accent…

Kratos
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Kratos

This is so funny I bet 40 from 45 who voted for original are romanians :)))

Mario -The Vision of Gay Love
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Mario -The Vision of Gay Love

English DO help the songs…Period.. All the other that you see people say are just nonsense 4 me.. What would had happened if there was a rule applied that ALL countries should compete only on their national language…?? That would definitely NOT be cool 4 me.. I really want to be able to understand the words lyrics of the songs so that i will be connected fully with the song enjoying it to its full range.. I really think that all these people {or at least most of them} that wanted and prefered to hear the national foreign language of… Read more »

adriana_gabrielauk
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adriana_gabrielauk

Actually i quite like and the message of this song.

beccaboo1212
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A bilingual version would be awesome 😀