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!