Voltaj, the band who entered Selectia Nationala 2015 with “De la capat”, has won tonight’s national final in Craiova and will represent Romania in Vienna. For Romanian fans of Eurovision, it was a foregone conclusion, as Voltaj is hugely popular there and their song has been a radio hit for months. Moreover, the band’s social campaign and video, focusing on bringing Romanian parents who work in Western Europe back to their children, made national headlines in recent weeks and struck a chord with the viewers.
Despite winning Selectia Nationala with “De la capat”, Voltaj said that they would consider performing the English version of the song in Vienna, “All Over Again”, in order to reach a broader audience and to have their message better understood.
However, not everyone is happy with the decision to send the English version to Vienna. In a wiwibloggs poll, less than 10% of the readers wanted to hear “All Over Again” at the Eurovision Song Contest, with a clear majority of almost 60% preferring the Romanian version, “De la capat”.
At the national final, Voltaj chose to perform the Romanian version, “De la capat”, and won the televoting in a landslide. Although the expert jury – which included yours truly – did not unanimously back the song, the band accumulated enough points to pass Eurovision veteran Luminita Anghel and the other ten acts.
Thus, with 12 points from televoting and 12 points from the jury, Voltaj got the ticket to Vienna. Luminita Anghel’s “A Million Stars” was second place with 18 points overall and Ovidiu Anton’s “Still Alive” was third, with 15 points.
Jury plus televoting, combined results:
Jury Member says vote clean and fair
Our first reaction
Did you watch tonight’s national final from Craiova? What do you think about the result?