Ten days ago, when Voltaj released the English version of “De la capat”, their now winning song in Selectia Nationala, we pointed out that the chorus had a problematic lyric. We are glad to see that the unfortunate line “If a strong wind blows me, I will not make a fuss” has now been changed to, “If a strong wind takes me and I will turn to dust” in the latest version that has been uploaded to the official Eurovision YouTube channel. Much better! But does this mean that they will send “All Over Again” instead of “De la capat” to Vienna?
A Romanian proverb says, “A single flower does not make a spring.” Is the lyric change enough to sway the majority of fans who wanted the song performed in the native language to prefer the English version? While the English words supposedly make it easier for international viewers to understand the message of the song, the general consensus is that Romanian does sound better on “De la capat,” also because the singer’s English is not flawless.
Besides, there are so many English language songs this year (even Israel has dropped its native tongue on “Golden Boy”) that perhaps Voltaj would stand out performing in Romanian, especially on an English-dominated semi-final. Not to mention that the song’s poetic message is actually directed to the three million Romanian parents who work abroad and had to leave their children behind.
Here is the Romanian version of “De la capat”, as performed live on the Selectia Final last Sunday:
Calin Goia, the band’s singer, exclusively revealed to wiwibloggs that Voltaj are yet to decide whether to send the song in English or Romanian. They are still testing the waters to see what would work best for them in Vienna. What would you advise them to do?
They decided for a mix Romanian (first 2 min) and English (last minute)…So much better than only English! Good decision!!!
Bogdan are you really Romanian or are you just a fraude? Because your words are so subjectively anti romanian that I am VERY ASHAMED OF YOU!!! THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL ROMANIAN SONG EVER SEND TO EUROVISION and it’s an honor for all of us to be represented by such a wonderful band like VOLTAJ! GO VOLTAJ!!! YOU’RE HAVE IT ALL!!! YOU’RE THE WINNERS!
They shpuld totally leave it in Romanian!
-You will be the reason sa o iau de la capat
PLEASE keep it in Romanian!!! The story is very much tied to Romania itself and the song loses a significant amount of its power in English. It sounds so much prettier in Romanian too.
Romanian, please ! 🙂
Keep it in Romanian ofc that’s miles better than English
The Romanian language version sounds so much better, after listening to both versions. Please keep it ROMANIAN! It’s in my top 10 now, but in English it would drop. 🙂
A mix of both romanian and English, but mostly romanian
The Romanian version sounds so perfect I don’t want to hear it any other way.
If the English singing is not very clean it does no good to the message because 99% of people will be distracted by the poor English. And if the studio version is bad the live ones could be very bad.
It’s beautiful in either language. I’m happy with either.
Please keep it in Romanian! (or at least a mix of English and Romanian, but more Romanian)
@Eugene ESC UK: No, I actually like Il Volo too, and it will end up in my top 10 of the year, but Nek would have been my winner by far and I think it would have been just as hyped as Il Volo.
@Eugene ESC UK: I hope Italy won’t win, only because they didn’t send Nek instead. Seriously, “Fatti avanti amore” would have been in my all-time top 10…
@Eugene – Funnily enough, Italy is on top of the odds and will probably win with “Grande Amore”… Just saying. 🙂
Romanian, no doubts
this song is for Romanian people, so the message must to be in romanian
If we could have any influence, I would strongly suggest Romanian. I am tired of EVERYONE singing in English.
I prefer it in Romanian. Hopefully they settle for 50/50 English/Romanian versus entire song in English. I guess placing always 20+ when singing in Romanian is the main concern…
Sounds more nice in romanian, more emotions.
I like it in Romanian more as well.
At first I wasn’t sure about this, but I really like it now. Personally, I prefer the English version. I can see them maybe mixing it up for Vienna singing in both Romanian and English
KEEP IT IN ROMANIAN!!!!!!!!!!!